It's 'deja vu all over again' for the Washington Football Team.
In 2020, a five-game losing streak nearly spun their season, starting their first nine games at 2-7. Then, a four game win streak catapulted them back into the division race, finishing the season at 7-9 before nearly upsetting the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home as the 4-seed.
This year, the Football Team once again suffered a terrible start to the season, but have now found their way back to relevancy with another four game win streak and are now 6-6 with five games left to play.
Rather than get caught with their metaphorical pants down for another straight season, the oddsmakers at WynnBET have moved up Washington up substantially on their board in their futures prices.
Just last week, bettors could have snagged the Football Team at odds of 500/1, or +50000 to win the Super Bowl at WynnBET. Now, they're all the way up to 125/1, or +12500.
Find out who the BetSided editors are taking as their favorite early lean in the NFL for Week 14 before the lines move! It's all on today's new "Bet & Breakfast" podcast:
Can Washington Actually Contend for a Super Bowl?
For Washington to get into the postseason for the second straight year, they'll need to take care of business as all five remaining matchups are against the division. Here's how the rest of the schedule lines up.
- 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)
After going through a stretch where Washington's defense gave up 29-plus points in five consecutive games between Weeks 2-7, they've only averaged 17.5 points allowed during their current four game win streak.
This week, they'll welcome the Dallas Cowboys to FedEx Field as 5-point home underdogs at WynnBET. The Cowboys bounced back 27-17 on Thursday night on the road at New Orleans after losing three of their last four games. Dallas still holds a top-three offense in points scored, and are the top ranked team in total yards in the league.
While it seemed almost unthinkable that the Cowboys could give up their lead in the NFC East, Washington only finds themselves two games back in the loss column with the ability to control their own destiny.
Quarterback Taylor Heinicke has been a stable force at the position as the team has picked up their play, throwing for seven touchdowns, just two interceptions, and holding the No. 5 QBR in the league.
Ultimately, Vegas still has the Cowboys as +1300 to win the Super Bowl and has Washington as the 16th-most likely team to win the Lombardi Trophy this season, but with a move from 500/1 down to 125/1, the Football Team is at least on the radar and could be substantially higher if they pull off the home upset this week.