Last year’s NFC East title made the Washington Football Team a rare sentimental pick for fans and gamblers. Head coach Ron Rivera overcame in-season cancer treatments for a highly successful first year with Washington. While quarterback Alex Smith led Washington to five straight wins at the end of the year to steal the division title. Smith nearly had his game-injured leg amputated two years before that.
Now, Smith is retired with journeyman veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to take over under center. Gamblers are showing optimism that Rivera can keep Washington in contention. Betting action shows the expectations of an increase in wins from 2020. And that Washington is a second choice to the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East.
2021 Washington Redskins Betting Odds
Odds to win Super Bowl: +4800
Odds to win NFC Conference: +2000
Odds to win NFC East Division: +201
2021 Regular Season Win Total: 8.5
(Odds provided by BookMaker.eu as of June 14, 2021)
Washington won a terrible NFC East Division despite a 7-9 record. Gamblers were happy with their nine payouts against the spread. Rivera is a defensive mastermind, and that was reflected with Washington’s NFL rank of 2nd for overall total defense and 4th for points allowed. Fitzpatrick takes over an offense that was not a real strength, despite Smith’s heroic personal story.
From the 2021 NFL Draft, third-round pick Dyami Brown, a wide receiver out of North Carolina, may prove to be a steal. However, many of their other picks were considered reaches.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick arrives from the Miami Dolphins, where he had an impressive 95.6 rating. The Harvard grad, age 38, began his career in 2005 with the St. Louis Rams. He is best known for his time as the Buffalo Bills starter. Fitzpatrick has played for the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Dolphins.
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin had a strong 2020 campaign with 87 catches, 1118 yards, and four touchdowns.
Defensive end Montez Sweat totaled nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss. While defensive end Chase Young added 7.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.
Washington Redskins 2021 Schedule
Washington has difficult road games at the Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and Green Bay Packers in the first half of the season. Weeks 14 through 18 bring five consecutive NFC East Division matchups, three of them on the road.
Washington Redskins Season Results 2000-2020
Since Danny Boy Snyder took ownership of the franchise in 1999, Washington has posted just six playoff appearances. Their last four postseason bids were wild card losses. Washington hasn’t been close to being a bona fide Super Bowl contender during his reign of error.
Last year Snyder dropped the team nickname “Redskins” in a desperate sacrifice on the altar of political correctness after allegations of sexual harassment being a systemic issue in his organization. Only a putrid NFC East Division allowed Washington to slip into the 2020 playoffs.