Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke
Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Patrick Werkmeister

Although Thursday’s Thanksgiving betting performance was far from perfect, these Monday night picks should bounce back. In this NFC matchup, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks travel to the nation’s capital to face off against Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team. Last week, the WFT put together an impressive looking victory against the Carolina Panthers whereas the Seahawks suffered a ten-point defeat to the Cardinals, who were led by QB Colt McCoy.  Although Seattle is at 3-7 and has little motivation in this one, now that they have Russell Wilson back, he should lead them to a few victories. However, in a matchup with a weird team like the WFT, anything can happen. With this in mind, here is what I like for this Monday NFL action.

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Seahawks (+1)
The Seahawks opened as a three and a half-point road favorite, but the line has flipped, favoring the WFT by one point. Although Seattle is 1-5 SU in their last six games played, this is one of the few winnable games they have left on their schedule, so they should really have no problem securing a victory. After a subpar first two starts for Russell Wilson following finger surgery, with little to no injuries holding them back, it’s time he has a half decent performance. Although they were unable to put up a substantial amount of points on offense, they were massively outgained in time of possession, so if they can avoid the mistakes they made last week they should be able to score with ease. However, the Football Team has impressive back-to-back victories over the Super Bowl defending champion Buccaneers and Panthers. Now that running back Antonio Gibson and receiver Terry McLaurin are coming into this one banged up, they should be much easier for the Seahawks defense to contain. As long as Russ and the offense can take care of the ball and keep this defense from making plays, they should handle them easily. Take Seattle plus the points to defeat Washington.

Russell Wilson Over 241.5 Passing Yards
After not throwing for a touchdown again in their Week 11 loss, Russell Wilson should be airing it out all game versus this shoddy Washington pass defense. Although he was only able to throw for 203 yards last week, he clearly wasn’t in his best condition but hopefully an additional week of rest will help. He has all of his receiving options including the dynamic duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, so there should be more of a connection with them now that it’s his third week back. Last week, the Football Team’s defense allowed more than 200 passing yards to Cam Newton who just returned to the NFL. Their defense will have their hands full in this one having to deal with the two headed monster of Lockett and Metcalf. Therefore, I expect Russ to produce while Washington won’t be able to stop them through the air. Take the over for Russell Wilson’s passing prop. 

DK Metcalf Any Time TD (+110)
With a limited number of scoring options all together for the Seahawks, receiver DK Metcalf serves as the primary offensive target. Although their offense looked lost in Week 11, Metcalf in particular wasn’t able to get much of anything going. However, they were up against a formidable pass defense so now he’s due against one of the worst units in the league on defense. Washington has allowed the 4th most yards to receivers this season, and they have proved to be a soft secondary versus anyone they face. This prop has tremendous value given he leads their team in total touchdowns, where he has a whopping 8 TDs. Take him to score one in what should be a rout of the WFT.

Same Game Parlay:
DK Metcalf Anytime TD Scorer, Antonio Gibson Anytime TD Scorer, Russell Wilson Over 246.5 Pass Yds, Antonio Gibson Over 67.5 Rush Yds, Taylor Heinicke Over 18.5 Rush Yds, DK Metcalf Over 65.5 Rec Yds, Terry McLaurin Over 65.5 Rec Yds, J.D. McKissic Over 29.5 Rec Yds and Seattle Seahawks to win by 1-13 Pts.

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