As much as it wasn’t an impressive win, a win is a win no matter how they come and with the Falcons finally getting off the mark this season against a penalty prone New York Giants team, the Falcons now welcome Washington, who’re coming off a blowout loss to the juggernaut Buffalo Bills. With both teams looking to get to .500 after this matchup, it’ll be a tightly contested affair.
The one worrying thing for the WFT going into this game is backup QB Taylor Heinicke. Even with a clean pocket and decent pass protection against a very disruptive Bills defensive line, he still managed to throw two crucial interceptions at big pivotal moments in the game. He’s going to need to step up in a big way if he wants to continue starting games in the NFL once Ryan Fitzpatrick returns, a bounce-back performance against a questionable Falcons defense would go some way to making the team and fans more comfortable with Heinicke as Fitzpatrick’s place holder.
Now, in all fairness and credit to the Falcons defense, they held the Giants to only 14 points in a win last week, making some plays throughout the game. But, this defense is still prone to giving up huge chunks of yardage in the passing game, which is music to the ear of WFT pass-catchers Terry McLaurin & Curtis Samuel who’ll be suiting up for the first time as a member of the Washington Football Team.
As for my best bet in this game, I’m looking at the Falcons versatile offensive weapon Cordelle Patterson. The veteran has had a good start to his career in Atlanta and seems to have the trust of Arthur Smith who’s given him 10+ touches in each of the last two games. Patterson has had exactly 7 rushing attempts in all three games so far this season and that to me feels like a script, so we’ll take the over on his U/O 6.5 rushing attempts line and we’ll also take the over on his U/O 27.5 receiving yards line. Patterson has 7 targets in each of his last two games and no less than 58 receiving yards in that period.
Spread: WFT -2.0
Total Match Points line: U/O 47.5
Game Prediction: Washington 26-23 Falcons
Best Bet: Cordelle Patterson over 27.5 receiving yards & over 6.5 rushing attempts @ 11/5 with Bet365 Bet Builder. [0.5]