Let’s call it like it is. The Washington Commanders were lucky to beat the Chicago Bears on the road in Week 6.
If not for a Velus Jones muffed punt that gave Washington an immediate red zone opportunity, Justin Fields missing a wide open receiver in the end zone and Darnell Mooney catching the final pass of the game clean, the Commanders would be 1-5 entering a home date against the struggling Green Bay Packers.
With the trade deadline approaching (Nov. 1), the Commanders need to start stockpiling wins to convince the front office to keep this roster in tact. Luckily, the usually-formidable Packers look the part of a middling team through six games, so Washington has an excellent chance to pick up its second win on the bounce.
Let’s check out the odds for Sunday’s game at FedEx Field.
Commanders vs Packers Odds for Week 7
The Packers are coming off a home loss to the Jets (who may actually be good), but they still opened as -5.5 road favorites this week. Green Bay has -110 odds to cover the number and are -230 to win outright. The Commanders, meanwhile, are +110 to cover at home and +190 to win outright, according to FanDuel.
The over/under for the game checks in at 41.5 points, so oddsmakers foresee more points than Thursday’s snooze fest vs the Bears. The over has -106 odds and the under sits at -114 to start the week, so bet $114 to win $100.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
Commanders vs Packers Prediction for Week 7
Washington is hosting Green Bay for the second year in a row. If you recall last season’s matchup, the Commanders gave the Packers a fight and might have even won the game if they finished off drives in the red zone with touchdowns.
Ironically, Taylor Heinicke will likely start at quarterback with Carson Wentz shelved due to his finger injury. Heinicke grew up rooting for the Packers, so he’ll undoubtedly be playing with a chip on his shoulder against Aaron Rodgers. But make no mistake: running the rock will be the key for the Commanders in this game.
Simply put, Washington needs to unleash Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson. The running back duo looked the part against the Bears and Gibson’s second half surge proved the coaching staff needs to do a better job of splitting carries.
Does the Commanders’ D have what it takes to slow down Rodgers without Davante Adams? In last season’s matchup, Rodgers went 27-of-35 for 274 yards and three scores and three Packers pass-catchers, including Adams, Robert Tonyan and Allen Lazard, produced more than 60 yards receiving.
It’s this simple: the Commanders barely beat the Bears and the Packers mopped the floor with Chicago earlier in the year. Though Green Bay is a far cry from its typical juggernaut self, we like Rodgers and Co. to bounce back in Landover.
Packers 27, Commanders 20