Coming off a Thursday night squeaker, a 30-29 home win as 4-point favorites over the Giants, the Washington Football Team heads to Buffalo to take on the Bills and Josh Allen in Week 3. While most sportsbooks, such as BetRivers, price the Bills at -7.5, FanDuel is on the high end of the market on the favorite, dealing -8.5.
After drumming the Dolphins 35-0 in Miami last week, the Bills look like the AFC contenders everyone expects them to be.
Washington, losers to the Chargers in the season’s opening week, has yet to notch a win for bettors against the spread, while the Bills are 1-1 ATS, including a loss as 6.5-point favorites to the Steelers in their opener.
Here’s gambling information for this weekend’s Washington Football Team vs. Buffalo Bills matchup.
A Look At The Total
As of Wednesday, BetMGM has the O/U for this game set at 45.5. Last season, the Bills and their opponents exceeded that number in 12 of their 19 games. On the other hand, Washington’s games went over 45.5 in just five of their 17 games.
After Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury in Week 1, Taylor Heinicke has admirably filled in. Over two games, he’s gone 45-for-61 passing with three touchdowns to just one interception. His chemistry with Terry McLaurin and J.D. McKissic should continue to provide production.
Also relating to a potential OVER bet, Buffalo and Washington last season combined to average 6.7 more points than this matchup’s total of 45.5. Against the Giants last week, Washington struggled against the run-pass option. Daniel Jones used his athleticism to gash them for 95 yards and a touchdown on just nine attempts. Allen poses that same threat, along with a much more dynamic passing attack.
It’s hard to see how Washington stops the Bills. The real question is how will Washington’s offense fare against Buffalo’s defense.
Last season, the Bills went 11-5 ATS but failed to cover the only time they laid more than a touchdown (an 18-10 win as 9.5-point favorites at the Jets).
Washington went 10-7 ATS last season, including a five-game cover streak toward the end of the year. The Football Team was 1-0-1 ATS when priced as larger than touchdown dogs, both times catching double digits, losing 31-17 vs. the Ravens (-14) and 31-23 vs. the Bucs (-10) in the playoffs.
If you don’t have a feel either way for this game, there’s always some fun props to play. DraftKings has Washington’s touchdown total at 1.5, with OVER juiced as the -210 favorite and UNDER the +155 dog. Buffalo’s more explosive offensive is priced at 3.5 total TDs (OV +140, UN -180)
If you’d rather bet point totals than touchdowns, Washington’s team total is 17.5 (OV -110, UN -120). For the Bills, the number sits at 27.5, (OV +100, UN -120).