Ask the Oddsmakers: Is the Washington Football Team for Real in the NFC East?

Quarterback Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team control their own destiny in the NFC East when they face the Cowboys today.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team control their own destiny in the NFC East when they face the Cowboys today. / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

For the second consecutive year, the Washington Football Team is making another late-season charge.

Just like 2020, after an atrocious start, Washington is coming on strong, winning four straight to get back to 6-6 and currently in a playoff position.

Earlier in the week, our team at BetSided recognized the oddsmakers at WynnBET moved Washington way back up the board on their prices in the futures market. Heading into Week 13, the Football Team was up for grabs to win the Super Bowl at +50000, or 500/1 odds. Now, the latest line heading into their Week 14 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys is all the way up at +12500, or 125/1 odds. It's still an intriguing number for a team that is in contention to make the playoffs and win their division, but is that still a good value?

To get an inside look, we reached out to the traders at WynnBET to gain the perspective from the books. I asked WynnBET Trader Sawyer Johnson if he sees any value in Washington as a long shot futures bet:

“No, not really. Washington is a good team that can win games, but only elite teams win it all. Without Chase Young, there is no elite part to this team.”

Washington Football Team Remaining Schedule

Washington is 6-6, and sits just two games back of the NFC East division lead currently held by the Dallas Cowboys (8-4).

Here are their remaining five games:

  • WEEK 14: HOME vs Dallas
  • WEEK 15: AWAY vs. Philadelphia
  • WEEK 16: AWAY vs. Dallas
  • WEEK 17: HOME vs. Philadelphia
  • WEEK 18: AWAY vs. New York (Giants)

With all of their matchups against division rivals, the Football Team can ride their hot streak at the most crucial time of the season, knowing that the NFC East is ripe to be picked.

While Johnson brought up the absence of Chase Young, Washington's defense has been outstanding during their four-game win streak, only allowing 17.5 points-per-game after being one of the worst defenses in the league to start the year.

Starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke has also been terrific over their latest stretch of games with seven touchdowns and just two picks.

The conversation surrounding Washington's playoff and division chances likely becomes a moot point if they can't win vs. the Cowboys today as 6-point home underdogs.

Via WynnBET Communications, after opening this week with Dallas as 5-point road favorites, the line moved in favor of Washington to +4, but has since been bet up by Cowboys bettors to -6.

64.5% of the spread bets favor the Cowboys, while 66.7% of the money is on Dallas as well.