The Atlanta Falcons needed a game-winning field goal to secure their first win of the season over the New York Giants. The Washington Football Team also came away with a tight victory over the Giants in Week 2, but were blown out on the road against the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday. Which 1-2 team will have a .500 mark after the first quarter of the 2021 NFL campaign?
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with all the latest previews and odds for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. This time, we look at the upcoming NFC matchup between the Washington Football Team and the Atlanta Falcons. Find out more about the teams and the key players, event information, the latest odds, and of course, helpful betting trends and expert betting predictions. Check for the latest 2021 NFL odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Washington vs. Falcons Game Information
Locker room vibes after the DUB 💯 pic.twitter.com/O7vuvBwrAy— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 26, 2021
- When: Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- TV: FOX
- Radio: The Team 980 (Washington) / 92.9 The Game FM (Falcons)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Washington (+1) / Falcons (-1)
Why Bet on the Washington Football Team?
While the Washington Football Team’s first two games of the season were closely-contested affairs, that definitely wasn’t the case in their 43-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 3. Head coach Ron Rivera had no answers for Josh Allen, who rang up five touchdowns on the Washington defense.
Washington has allowed an average of 435.5 yards per game to their opponents these past two weeks after being touted as having out of the most frightening defenses in the league this offseason. It also doesn’t help the WFT’s cause that its offense is still limited with backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke under center.
Last Sunday, Heinicke completed just 14 of 24 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He’s far from confident in the pocket if Washington’s running game isn’t humming, and that was the case against Buffalo. Stud running back Antonio Gibson has just 12 carries for 31 rushing yards and saw his yards-per-carry average drop to 2.5 YPC after averaging over 4.5 YPC in each of his first two starts. Gibson should have a better afternoon bursting through Atlanta’s defense, though.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Falcons?
It took a last-second game-winning field goal, but the Atlanta Falcons are finally on the win column with their 17-14 victory over the New York Giants this past Sunday. The two struggling NFC franchises played an ugly game against one another, yet first-year head coach Arthur Smith will take this W regardless.
Former league MVP Matt Ryan is slowly warming up to Atlanta’s Julio Jones-less offense at last, as he led his team to back-to-back fourth-quarter drives for the tie and eventual win. Ryan finished with 243 passing yards and two TDs, and was not picked off for the first time this season.
Still, the Giants had more offensive yards than the Falcons that game (346 for New York and 296 for Atlanta), which goes to show that the dirty birds from the south also have issues on defense. And like Washington, the Falcons’ running game is virtually non-existent, as they finished with just 69 rushing yards on 20 carries against the G-Men. As such, Ryan must be able to outbattle young Taylor Heinicke through the air this Sunday.
Washington vs. Falcons Betting Trends
- Despite last week’s loss to the Bills, Washington is still 4-1 in its last five regular-season games on the road (3-2 ATS).
- Washington is 3-3 in its last six games against teams from the NFC South (4-2 ATS).
- The totals have gone under in three of the WFT’s last five road games.
- The Falcons are just 2-7 at home since the start of the previous season (3-6 ATS).
- The Falcons have won each of their last six meetings against Washington (4-2 ATS).
- The totals have alternated between over and under in Atlanta’s last six games in general, with the team’s win over the Giants taking the under.
Washington vs. Falcons Expert Betting Predictions
While this matchup is far from the most attractive game on the Week 4 slate, there’s still plenty of drama to unfold between these two 1-2 teams. That being said, the odds could not be any more on point with the Falcons hardly given any home-field advantage odds-wise against a Washington team that did make a stunning playoff push last season but is still figuring things out without Fitzpatrick running the offense.
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