Fans are in shambles after Washington Football Team embarrassed themselves against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and rightly so.
Given that the Bills are widely considered a title contender, Ron Rivera dubbed this a “measuring stick game” to reporters.
To say that Rivera’s players didn’t come close to measuring up would be an understatement. When the dust settled, Buffalo hung 43 points on Washington’s once vaunted defense. The offense wasn’t great, either, as they managed just 14 points before a garbage time TD brought the total to 21.
The good news for Washington? They sit in second place in the NFC East after Monday night’s showdown between Dallas and Philadelphia, which the former won in convincing fashion. That’s really the only silver lining stemming from this nightmare weekend.
After that performance, the Cowboys should be the prohibitive favorites to win the division and it appears that Vegas agrees, because Washington’s odds to win their second straight NFC East title plummeted after Week 3.
Washington’s NFC East odds aren’t pretty after Sunday’s loss
The latest odds from WynnBET give Washington +450 odds to hoist the division crown. That checks in at a distant second behind the favored Cowboys (-230 odds). The Eagles, who somehow looked worse than their 20-point loss to Dallas would indicate, are right behind Washington at +475 odds.
This is a sad state of affairs for Washington, who started the year with +240 odds, not far behind the Cowboys’ initial +135 odds. The fact they’ve dropped this far despite playing winnable games vs the Chargers and Giants isn’t a good sign.
If you want to bet on Washington to right the ship and win the division, be our guest. We’ll find better ways to blow through money. We hate to sound so defeated, but have you seen their schedule the rest of the way? Outside of next week’s game vs Atlanta, we’re hard-pressed to list any no-brainer wins.
The Giants stink, but they could’ve beat Washington in Week 2. Nobody knows what the Eagles’ ceiling is, but they’re a lot better than what folks expected heading into the year. The Panthers and Raiders are beatable, but they’re a combined 6-0 thus far and look miles better than the Football Team.
Throughout the offseason, very few analysts pegged Washington as the favorites to repeat as NFC East champs. Is it possible folks overreacted after they won it last year with a 7-9 record? We don’t think so. After all, they proved it wasn’t a fluke when they almost upset the eventual champion Bucs in the playoffs.
At the same time, past success means nothing if you can’t replicate it and build off it the following year and right now the Washington Football Team doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the playoff conversation.
The latest NFC East odds reflect that. Until we see something that suggests otherwise, Dallas is the class of this division.