Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Football Team Pick ATS

by | Nov 29, 2021 | nfl

Seattle Seahawks (3-7 SU, 5-5 ATS) vs. Washington Football Team (4-6 SU, 3-7 ATS)

Week 12 NFL

Date/Time: Monday Night Football, November 29, 2021 at 8PM EST

Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

TV: ESPN

Point Spread: SEA pk/WFT pk (Betanysports - Bet your MNF picks and ALL your sports bets at -105 odds instead of the more expensive -110 your bookie is whacking you with! It pays to bet at lower odds!)

Over/Under Total: 46.5

The Seattle Seahawks make the trip to FedEx Field to face the Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football. Obviously, those who schedule these MNF games were hoping for a more-marquee matchup, with both teams under .500 and on the verge of being eliminated from postseason consideration. But it’s an interesting equation between two teams who have both their good and bad parts. On Sunday, the Seahawks fell to the Cardinals, 23-13. Washington was able to beat Carolina in Cam Newton’s return to his former team, 27-21. Who can get the upper hand on MNF?

What’s Wrong with Seattle?

We already knew this wasn’t going to be one of Seattle’s better seasons, with the injuries and other issues having put them in a hole too deep to escape. But in Russell Wilson’s second game back from injury last week, playing at home against a Cardinals team without Kyler Murray, one could have expected to see something better. A 13-point output confirmed that expecting anything resembling a vintage Seattle squad this season could be wishful thinking.

In the last six games, the Seahawks have eclipsed 20 points one time, and that was against Jacksonville. To have receiving talent like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, with a decent cast of running backs and Russell Wilson, and still be one of the worst offenses in the league is a bit puzzling. All the other offenses grouped in that category are teams that really have little that they can reasonably depend on. Seattle’s offense just seems broken. Even if you figured Wilson would need some time to warm back up to the task, this two-week window has yielded a pathetic 13 points.

Washington Finding Answers?

After beating Tampa in an impressive display, Washington was able to follow it up in front of a passionate throng in Nashville with Cam Newton back behind center and making plays. Falling behind, Washington hung in there and saw their defense tighten up late, as a fourth-quarter rally was enough for a nice road win. That’s two wins in a row, and they’re not gimme-wins—they’re quality wins that maybe suggest Washington is turning things around.

We’re starting to see Washington QB Taylor Heinicke playing better, making fewer mistakes, and connecting better with a growing cast of weapons. With Heinicke’s legs, along with the work of Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic, they can run the ball well in spots. Aerially, Terry McLaurin is a major asset, bolstered by a slew of dangerous receivers who can chip in on a given day. That defensive line, filled with blue-chippers, is a good group, disruptive and stout. There are some good things upon which to build upon with this team.

Alas, at 4-6, not everything is easy for this bunch. That aerial game doesn’t always fire, and there have been more than a few times this season when Washington was stuck in the mud. Antonio Gibson is playing with a shin injury and has managed some good performances in this stretch, but that’s another part of the team that doesn’t fire automatically. While there is promise and effectiveness upfront, the Washington secondary sticks out as a sore spot. This week, it’s something that can definitely surface in the event that Wilson dials things in better with his receiving crew.

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Silver Lining for Seattle?

in the midst of injuries, a string of losses, and a season that now appears to be off the rails, we see something with Seattle that we saw last season—a defense that is maybe changing forms. In their last four games, the Seahawks have allowed a total of 60 points. And this is with a total lack of support from the other side of the ball. If Wilson can relocate his form and make things a little easier on this defense, who knows? Either way, when the team is seeing their whole season nosediving in the midst of five losses in six games, it’s helpful to have one part of the team on the upswing, suggesting that turning this thing around might not be the pipe-dream some are thinking.

X-Factors

After suffering a shutout two weeks ago on the road, then losing an ugly one at home, it’s not easy to be optimistic about Seattle. They are now on a massive road trip again with no wind in their sails, taking on a Washington team that has been playing better lately and showing a lot more fire on both sides of the ball. This could be the worst swoon in the Carroll-Wilson era, and while you figure they’ll snap out of it at some point, it’s not going to be easy to reverse momentum this week against a Washington team that finally has some good inertia. But what Washington is doing is not something that will just continue into eternity. And it’s worth noting before beating an off Tampa squad and a troubled Carolina bunch, they were on a rotten run, having not eclipsed 13 points for three weeks straight.

Take the Home Team

One shouldn’t rule out that the Seahawks can possibly right the ship, particularly against this sometimes-dicey Washington secondary. There are some items of concern, however. Washington is flexing a balanced offense that could test a Seattle “D” that, despite being more respectable in the last month, is still far from a bankable unit. This is a tough call. Washington has done better, but you imagine that isn’t going to last forever, either. In this spot, I’ll defer to the better play we’ve seen from Washington. I’ll take WFT to cover the spread.o

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