New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Football Team Matchup Preview (10/10/21) Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

New Orleans Saints vs Washington Football Team Matchup Preview (10/10/21)

The New Orleans Saints will be traveling to the Potomac Valley to play the Washington Football Team this Sunday. Both of these teams are fighting for first place in their division, and they both have the same record of 2-2. The Saints are coming off a tough 27-21 overtime loss against the previously winless New York Giants, while Washington is coming off an exciting 34-30 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston struggled in Week 4 throwing for 226 yards and only one touchdown. He was bailed out by backup quarterback and super-utility player Taysom Hill who ran for two touchdowns. On the other side, Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke shined throwing for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He was assisted by running back Antonio Gibson who ran for 63 yards and rushed for one touchdown. The Saints are in a backslide after last week’s loss while Washington is running with the momentum of an overtime win. I expect this to be a close that goes down to the wire.

New Orleans Saints vs Washington Football Team Betting Odds

After four weeks, these two teams are similarly good. The Saints have shown that they can be great, but they have also shown that they can really underperform. Washington has played surprisingly well under backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke. The Saints come into this as two-point favorites and that seems pretty accurate. Saints QB Jameis Winston has only thrown three touchdowns with one rushing touchdown in the last three games. He has also only thrown for 613 passing yards. On the other side, Washington is dealing with a lot of injuries. Running backs Antonio Gibson and J.D, McKissic are currently listed as questionable. If they both do not play, Washington’s offense will need to depend much more on QB Tayler Heinicke. I could see this game going both ways, but I expect the Saints to pull out the win.

My Predictions: Saints 20, Washington 17, Saints Cover, under 44 points

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TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 10th
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: FedExField – Greater Landover, MD
TV Coverage: FOX

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New Orleans Saints: K Wil Lutz (Abdomen) IR, WR Michael Thomas (Ankle) PUP, C Erik McCoy (Calf) Q, OT Terron Armstead ((Elbow) Q, RB Tony Jones Jr. (Ankle) O, WR Tre’Quan Smith (Hamstring) IR
Washington Football Teams: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Hip) IR, RB J.D. McKissic (Ankle) Q, RB Antonio Gibson (Shin) Q, WR Curtis Samuel (Groin) Q, OG Brandon Scherff (Knee – MCL) O, DT Jonathan Allen (Knee) Q, LB Cole Holcomb (Shoulder) Q

New Orleans Saints Analysis

The New Orleans Saints have had a very up and down season so far. They crushed the Green Bay Packers 38-3 in Week 1. They followed up that win with a 26-7 loss against the Carolina Panthers. After Week 2, they lost one game and won one game. Saints QB Jameis Winston has been an interesting case study this year. After spending last year as Drew Brees’ backup, he has stepped into the starting quarterback role with mixed results. He does not throw for a lot of yards and threw for five touchdowns in Week 1, but has only thrown for three since. He needs to find his way back into the endzone multiple times this week if he wants his team to win.

The Saint wide receiver core of Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harris, and Ty Montgomery has been quiet this year. The Saints have been without three-time Pro Bowler Michael Thomas this season, and it has left a big hole. Callaway, Harris, and Montgomery only have 351 combined receiving yards and two touchdowns. That is a big problem for the Saints. These wide receivers need to get open a lot more often so they can push the down the field and score some touchdowns.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara has had an interesting year. He has rushed for a lot of yards but does not have any rushing touchdowns. He has scored two receiving touchdowns. Backup quarterback and utility player Taysom has been helping out with his three rushing touchdowns, but it is still not enough. Kamara need to continue pushing the ball down the field, but he also needs to convert in the red zone.

The Saints have a middle of the pack defense this year. In Week 4, they held the Giants to only 10 points for the first two and a half quarters. Giant running back Saquon Barkley then proceeded to light them up for the rest of the game. They need to create turnovers against Washington so then can give their offense more chances and limit Washington’s scoring.

New Orleans Saints Depth Chart

QB: Jameis Winston
RB1: Alvin Kamara
RB2: Dwayne Washington
WR1: Marquez Callaway
WR2: Kenny Stills
WR3: Ty Montgomery
TE1: Adam Trautman
TE2: Garrett Griffin

Washington Football Team Analysis

The Washington Football Team suffered a big loss in Week 1. Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury in the middle of the game which forced Washington to use backup quartback Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke has played really well since taking the reins and could be Washington’s quarterback of the future. He has 960 passing yards and has thrown for eight touchdowns. He will probably be without one or two of his running backs this week and will need to carry the offense more. If he wants to win against te Saints, he needs to throw for a few touchdowns and not settle for field goals.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been the only productive wide receiver on Washington this season. He has 25 receptions for 354 receiving yard and three touchdowns. He is the only Washington receiver with over 100 receiving yards. He will need to continue getting open this week, but if Washington has any desire to win, one of the other recievers, like Adam Humpries or Cam Sims, will need to step it up and find the ball a lot more than they have been.

Washington has a very questionable running back situation this week… pun intended. Starting running back Antonio Gibson and RB2 J.D. McKissic are both listed as questionable. If they both do not play, Washington’s running back game does not stand a chance. If one or both of them plays, they might stand a chance. Gibson has been the premier rusher for Washington, but McKissic has been the main pass-catching running back. That is what makes them such a strong duo. Whatever the situation may be this week, they both need to be prepared to step up for each other.

Washington’s defense has been very disappointing this year. They now rank as one of the worst three defenses in the league. They need to vastly improve or they will cost their team a lot of games this season. The defnse has an opportunity to be great. They still have defensive rookie of the year Chase Young, cornerbacks William Jackson III and Benjamin St-Juste, and linebacker Jamin Davis. They need to turn a corner this week against the Saints up and down offense, or they will lose.

Washington Football Team

QB: Taylor Heinicke
RB1: Antonio Gibson
RB2: J.D. McKissic
WR1: Terry Mclaurin
WR2: Curtis Samuel
WR3: Adam Humphries
TE1: Ricky Seals-Jones
TE2: John Bates

New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Football Team Daily Fantasy Picks

Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill fought and lost the battle for starting quarterback this offseason. He is still being used as a utility player and rushed for three touchdowns in the last two games. I expect the Saints will give him more opportunities this week, and I would not be surprised if he rushes for another touchdown. I recommend picking him up for DFS.

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Max Heering graduated from The University of Kansas Sport Management program in May 2020. Max follows and writes about football, basketball, baseball, college football, and college basketball. In his free time, you can catch Max draining three-pointers on the basketball court.

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