Patriots vs. WFT Odds, Predictions & Betting Preview For Thursday’s Preseason Game (Aug. 12)

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  • Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason officially kicks off Thursday night with two games, including Patriots at Washington.
  • NFL betting analyst Raheem Palmer takes a closer look at the matchup below, complete with his pick on the spread.

Patriots vs. Washington Football Team Odds

Patriots Odds -1
Washington Football Team Odds +1
Over/Under 37 (-110/-110)
Time 7:30 p.m. ET
TV NFL Network
Odds as of Thursday morning and via BetMGM

WFT head coach Ron Rivera revealed this week that he plans on playing his starters this Thursday, and given his statements, that’s enough to start looking toward them in this matchup.

While we can’t expect to see Ryan Fitzpatrick for more than a drive or two, that means this matchup really boils down to Taylor Heinicke vs. Mac Jones.

Heinicke’s talent came as a surprise as he comes off a performance against the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which he threw for 306 yards while scoring two touchdowns. He’ll be given the chance to compete for the starting job, and given his performance against a Buccaneers team that held Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to just nine points, it’s clear he has what it takes to perform in this league.

The Washington football team has a ton of depth and as whole, these are two coaches with different approaches to the post season

As my colleague Chris Raybon pointed out, fading Bill Belichick has been a profitable endeavor in the preseason:

And although this has hit at only a 53% rate — barely clearing the 52.38% rate needed to make a profit — Rivera is actually a profitable coach in the preseason.

Overall, Washington has the edge here.

This isn’t a strong play, but if you’re looking for action on Thursday, the Football Team should get the job done.

PICK: WFT +1

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