The Green Bay Packers aren’t dominating opponents, but they are beating them. The Packers have a five-game winning streak since their Week 1 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Washington Football Team is 2-4, with its only wins coming against the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons. Washington will be challenged by an elite team. Will Ron Rivera get his players to significantly improve? That’s what will be needed to beat the Packers in Lambeau Field. Let’s take a look at this contest for NFL game betting purposes.
|Game: Washington (2-4) at Packers (5-1) |
Location: Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI)
Time: 1 p.m. ET
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The last time these teams met was in 2019 when Green Bay held off Washington 20-15 at home. The teams have changed a lot since then.
Washington Football Team
Next game: at Broncos
There were some encouraging signs last week as the Washington Football Team led the Kansas City Chiefs at halftime, 13-10. Three takeaways from the Chiefs’ high-powered offense in the first half was a terrific accomplishment. The Washington defense knew it would be hard to stop the Chiefs for 60 minutes. This is why the offense needed to step it up in the second half.
Instead, the Washington offense got completely shut out by a Kansas City defense, which had played poorly against the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, and Baltimore Ravens in previous weeks. Even the Philadelphia Eagles scored over 20 points against the Chiefs, but Washington managed 13 in an 18-point loss. The Football Team has to find ways to ignite its offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick on the shelf and Taylor Heinicke getting starts every week.
If you bet online, take note that Washington is 1-5 against the spread and 4-2 in over-unders.
Washington has significant injuries whose levels of severity are unknown at this time. Running back Antonio Gibson and receiver Curtis Samuel, two centerpiece players in the Washington offense, are both listed as questionable. Given that Washington will have to find a way to outscore Aaron Rodgers, the Football Team will need both players at reasonable strength if it wants a decent chance of pulling off the upset here.
Green Bay Packers
Next game: at Cardinals
The Packers have been a consistent team during the Aaron Rodgers era. They are always in the playoff hunt and they almost always win the NFC North. This is because they take care of business within their division, mopping up against the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. The Packers defeated the Bears this past weekend, 24-14.
The Green Bay offense wasn’t at its best, but it didn’t need to be. The Green Bay defensive front dominated a weak and flawed Bears offensive line. The Packers pounded Chicago quarterback Justin Fields all game long and didn’t allow the Bears’ offense to ever find a comfort zone.
Rodgers scored a late-fourth quarter touchdown to put the game away. He made it clear that he does in fact own the Bears. He has for the better part of the past 15 years. Green Bay isn’t playing its best football, but the Packers have enough in the tank to win nearly every week. They are at the top of the NFC and are firmly in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the conference for the second straight year.
The Packers are 5-1 against the spread and 2-4 in over-unders.
The Packers’ main concern is in the secondary, where Kevin King highlights a group of three players in the back line of defense who are all questionable. The Packer secondary was smoked by Tom Brady in the first half of the NFC Championship Game in January. Having the secondary in full health is a top priority for the Pack Attack.
Betting on the Game
Taking the moneyline here is an obvious play for NFL predictions. The price might not be fantastic, but the likelihood that the Packers will win is near-certain. If Washington had Ryan Fitzpatrick in at quarterback, this would be a much more dangerous game for Green Bay, but that is obviously not the case.
Washington, by not scoring a single point in the second half versus a bad Chiefs defense that was ranked 32nd in a number of NFL metrics heading into that game, is a really bad look and a sobering indication of how limited the Football Team is on offense. Green Bay should be easily able to handle the Washington offense. Rodgers and the Green Bay passing game might not destroy the Washington defense, but they should certainly be able to score enough to win.
The point spread is the really tough item here. Washington led the Chiefs at halftime before collapsing in the second half. Green Bay has played a lot of close games this season. The Packers beat the Bears by 10 but led by only three points midway through the fourth quarter. They needed overtime to beat the Cincinnati Bengals. Stay away from the point spread if you can.
The over-under leans to the under. Washington’s offensive struggles are already well-documented. The Packers aren’t playing elite offense; they are playing good-enough offense. Their game with the Bears totaled 38 points. Washington’s defense has struggled this year but put together a solid game against the Chiefs and might be showing signs of rounding into form. The under at 49.5 seems like the better play in this case.