Washington Football Team Super Bowl Odds 2022
The Washington Football Team compiled a 7-9 record last year and won an NFC East division that was the worst in the NFL. It was an impressive coaching job by Ron Rivera as the team rotated through Alex Smith, Dwayne Haskins, and Kyle Allen at quarterback and struggled to get consistent production out of the 25th-ranked scoring offense.
Washington was one of the best teams in the NFL after adding Pro Bowl edge defender Chase Young second overall in the draft – Young had 44 tackles, 12 QB hits, and 7.5 sacks in his rookie season. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, Washington will be hoping for more offensive consistency to go with one of the best defenses in the NFL. Is that enough to make them a Super Bowl contender?
Washington Football Team Future Odds
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The Washington Football Team returns all three of head coach Ron Rivera, offensive coordinator Scott Turner, and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. That level of continuity is essential for a reasonably young team, particularly in these turbulent times as the NFL is working to mitigate issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. After years without an official GM on the team, Martin Mayhew is the critical new face as the general manager. Mayhew is a former cornerback in the NFL who has been an executive since 1999 and recently served as the vice president of player personnel for the 49ers.
As a team, Washington threw for the 8th-fewest yards and 5th-fewest touchdowns in the NFL. General manager Martin Mayhew and head coach Ron Rivera made it a priority to bring in a new quarterback to improve that passing offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a journeyman NFL passer who will be playing for his eighth NFL team in Washington. Fitzpatrick threw for 2,091 yards and 13 touchdowns to 8 interceptions in 7 starts in 2020 for the Dolphins. With his gunslinger mentality, he’ll bring more aggressiveness to the offense, which should be great for emerging third-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
Washington’s most crucial free-agent signing this year was the resigning of All-Pro offensive guard Brandon Scherff. In addition, Washington also resigned defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, kicker Dustin Hopkins, and quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinecke, who will back up Fitzpatrick. Edge defender Ryan Kerrigan, offensive tackle Morgan Moses, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, and cornerback Ronald Darby were the team’s key free agents who were not resigned.
While Washington did lose some key players in free agency, they did an excellent job replacing those players with new faces. First-round rookie linebacker Jamin Davis could provide an upgrade over Pierre-Louis in short order. William Jackson is a high-upside cornerback who is arguably better than Darby. Veteran Charles Leno Jr. and rookie Samuel Cosmi are more than enough to replace the departed Moses. Offensive guard Ereck Flowers, wide receivers Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries, cornerback Darryl Roberts, safety Bobby McCain, and linebacker David Mayo are all potential contributors.
Washington Odds Analysis
The Washington Football Team is a dark-horse contender in the NFC with a should-be improved offense and one of the best defenses in the NFL. Right now, Washington has +5000 odds to win the Super Bowl, which is tied with the Vikings, Broncos, and Bears for the 19th-best odds in the NFL. The Washington Football Team hasn’t appeared in the Super Bowl since 1991, when they beat the Bills in the big game. In the NFC East, the Cowboys have significantly better Super Bowl odds at +3000 while the Giants at +8000 and Eagles at +10000 are highly unlikely to win the Super Bowl. While Washington’s Super Bowl odds aren’t the most enticing, they have some more manageable future bets available. At a projected win total of 7.5 games, Washington is tied with the Vikings, Chargers, Saints, Broncos, and Bears in that regard.
Washington won 7 games over a 16-game slate last season, just under this projected total, and has won precisely seven games in three of their previous four seasons. Over a 17-game season, seven wins could be more manageable, especially in an NFC East division that should be pretty weak again. Washington has +230 odds to win the NFC East at the moment, which seems to be a pretty solid value compared to +130 for the Cowboys. The Giants sit at +450, and the Eagles are at +550 to win the division, but I see it as a two-team race between Washington and Dallas. Washington is currently +150 to make the playoffs compared to -139 for the Cowboys, which is indicative of how Vegas sees Dallas as being the significantly better team. I don’t see a massive gap between these teams despite the offensive talent in Dallas led by Dak Prescott, as Washington’s defense is much better.
Reasons Why Washington Wins Super Bowl
The old saying goes that defense wins champions, and while the NFL is undoubtedly an increasingly offensive-oriented league, Washington could look to turn back the clock this season. Last season, Washington allowed the second-fewest passing yards and second-fewest passing touchdowns while Montez Sweat and Chase Young combined for 16.5 sacks. Washington’s pass-rush should be very potent yet again. The secondary should be improved with the upgrade to William Jackson III at the corner across from Kendall Fuller and the return of Landon Collins from his injury. This season, the mutually beneficial relationship between excellent pass rush and great secondary play should be on full display. Jamin Davis steps into a tailor-made 4-3 outside linebacker position and could be among the league leaders in tackles this season.
Along with the emerging Cole Holcomb and veteran Jon Bostic, Washington will boast one of the best linebacker corps in the NFL this year. Washington’s defense was elite last season, but an inefficient offense resulted in 27 turnovers, the fourth-most in the NFL, and just a 39.75% third-down conversion rate, the 12th-worst in the NFL. With Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries rounding out the pass-catching corps with Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas, this offense could be much improved this year. I also have high hopes for Antonio Gibson in his second season.
In an offense run by Ron Rivera and Scott Turner, who helped make Christian McCaffrey the best offensive weapon in the NFL, Gibson could be in for a massive season. Washington also plays in a division with the Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants, who are severely flawed in different ways. Washington could rack up wins in the division and ride its efficient offense and lockdown defense to a top-two seed in the NFC.
Reason Why Washington Doesn’t Win Super Bowl
I really like the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick as quarterback for Washington. Still, it absolutely cannot be overlooked that in 16 seasons in the NFL, he has just two winning seasons (2015 Jets and 2020 Dolphins) and has never made the playoffs. He should improve both the floor and ceiling of Washington’s offense, but the lack of proven success in the postseason could hold this team back from making a deep run. I also have some concerns about the schedule during the regular season. While Washington does play in arguably the easiest division in the NFL, they don’t necessarily have a cakewalk schedule. As the division winner in 2020, Washington has to face the Saints, Seahawks, and Packers in the NFC.
In addition, Washington meets the AFC West, home to the Chiefs, Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders, none weak. The NFC East is matched up with the NFC South in-conference this year, meaning Washington has to play the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers during the regular season. Washington faces a brutal mid-season stretch of the Saints, Chiefs, Packers, Broncos, and Buccaneers in back-to-back weeks, and that slate could be a back-breaker for them. If Washington can secure home-field in the playoffs, their lockdown defense and a balanced offense could be enough to spur a deep run. However, I have serious doubts about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s ability to win playoff games on the road against formidable defenses such as the Buccaneers, Rams, 49ers, and Packers in January. This is a very talented roster, but their upside is capped with Fitzpatrick as the quarterback.
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