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Saints vs Washington Prediction & NFL Odds for Week 5

Saints vs Washington Prediction & NFL Odds for Week 5

by Allyson ParkOctober 6, 2021
  • Saints defense is weak
  • Taylor Heinicke-Terry McLaurin connection key?
  • Get ready for a close game

In the fifth week of the NFL preseason, the New Orleans Saints (2-2) travel to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Football Team (2-2), with kickoff set for Sunday at 1 pm EST.

The Saints are entering this game coming off the heels off a 21-27 overtime loss against the New York Giants, and they are hoping to bounce back quickly after this disappointment. On the other hand, the Washington Football Team will aim to maintain their winning momentum, as they just defeated the Atlanta Falcons in a close 34-30 game.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

Saints vs Washington Prediction: Spread

I would bet the Washington Football Team to cover the spread for this game. This game is going to be a close one, but if Taylor Heinicke continues to step up and make big plays, then I fully expect them to win this Week 4 game and cover the spread.

  • Free Prediction: Washington Football Team +2.5

Saints vs Washington Prediction: MoneyLine

Both these teams are far from perfect, but I’m going to go against the odds this week and take the Washington Football Team for this game. They really need this win if they hope to overtake the Dallas Cowboys for the top spot in the NFC East.

Both the games Washington has won this season have been comeback wins. Although there are some issues they need to work out defensively, they have really stepped it up as of late, especially in last week’s game against the Falcons.

Forced to step up in the absence of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Taylor Heinicke has really proved himself to be a solid starting quarterback. He can rush more than effectively, he makes intelligent and quick decisions under pressure, and he is more than capable of making those long passes.

Heinicke also seems to have the ability to make plays when his team needs them most, and that skill was showcased well on Sunday, when he led Washington to a four-point comeback win. In addition to the talent of Heinicke, his chemistry and communication with wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who scored two touchdowns on Sunday, has proved to be lethal.

Washington’s biggest problem is their defense, which is suprising. Their defense is full of young, talented, enthusiastic players, like Chase Young, but for some reason, they keep failing to meet expectations and make big stops in these games. If they hope to win this game, Washington’s defense has to step it up and make their presence known and felt on the football field.

The New Orleans Saints are, to put it simply, a very inconsistent team. On defense, they’ve been pretty weak, and they are going to have a difficult time pressuring Heinicke and slowing down McLaurin and runningback Antonio Gibson. Their offense hasn’t been that impressive either, with quarterback Jameis Winston doing little to draw attention.

Saints vs Washington Prediction Chase Young

Even though this is probably going to be a pretty close game, I think that Washington’s Week 4 win will foster enough enthusiasm and momentum to drive them towards another win. I would bet on Washington for this game. Prepare for another nailbiter.

  • Free Prediction: Washington +115

Saints vs Washington Prediction: Total

The total for this game is currently set at 44.5. I think that both teams should be able to combine for over 44.5 points on Sunday, so I would bet the over. However, it might be close and betting odds might change later this week.

  • Free Prediction: Over -115

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Allyson Park
Allyson Park is a sports writer and media content creator at Knup Solutions. She covers a variety of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. She is currently a student at Virginia Tech majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in creative writing. Her favorite sports to watch are NFL football and women's soccer. After graduating, she hopes to enter the sports journalism industry and provide a unique angle and perspective on sports as a woman of color.