With nine games remaining in the 2021 regular season, predicting how the Washington Football Team will finish the 2021 schedule is in order. Washington is currently the last place team in NFC East, a division they won in 2020. Through eight games, Washington has a record of 2-6. The team has struggled to build on the success of last season.
In 2020, the Washington defense ranked in the top five in points and yards allowed. This season the defense ranks 29th in points and yards allowed. While the offense ranks slightly better than last season in points and yards per game, it has seen a sharp decline in its red zone efficiency during the previous two games.
On Sunday, Washington will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field. Let’s predict how Washington will fare against the defending Super Bowl Champions and the rest of their 2021 regular-season opponents.
Scenarios for the Remaining Washington Football Team 2021 Schedule
After a bye week for both teams, Washington will look to rewrite the wrongs of their 2020 playoff loss to the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will be motivated to get back to their winning ways after losing to the New Orleans Saints in Week 8. The Buccaneers defense will be too much for the Washington offense, and Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will take advantage of a struggling Washington defense.
Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera will return to face the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte for the first time since being fired in 2019. Washington lost at home to the Panthers in 2020. Expect a Washington team that is motivated to win this game for their head coach. The Washington defense will force Sam Darnold to turn the ball over, and the Washington offense will do enough to give Rivera a happy homecoming in Week 11.
According to reports, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will return this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. With Wilson’s return, the Seahawks will be working on getting back into the NFC playoff picture. When the Seahawks come to FedEx Field in Week 12, expect Russ to “cook” the Washington defense.
The Las Vegas Raiders next three opponents (Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, and Dallas Cowboys) all have winning records. With the Chiefs looking to regain their Super Bowl form and the Cowboys looking to build their profile as a Super Bowl contender, the Raiders may be searching for a win in Week 13 when Washington comes to Las Vegas. This game will be competitive and come down to which offense can execute in the fourth quarter.
Washington will play their last five games of the regular season against their NFC East counterparts. In Week 14, the Cowboys will visit FedEx Field. The two teams will meet again in Week 16. Washington won both meetings against the Cowboys in 2020. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott did not play in either matchup. The Washington defense will not have an answer for the Cowboys wide receiver trio of Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, and Michael Gallup.
Washington will travel to the “City of Brotherly Love” to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. Washington clinched the NFC East title in 2020 by defeating the Eagles. The 2020 matchup included a controversial move by former Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson. In a game most felt the Eagles could have won, Pederson decided to bench quarterback Jalen Hurts for backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld. This time Hurts will look to prove why Pederson should have kept him on the field.
A rematch against the Cowboys in Dallas will have an outcome similar to their Week 14 matchup.
Washington will rebound from their Week 15 loss to the Eagles
Washington will end their regular season against the New York Giants. The team will be looking to end their season with a win to generate momentum heading into the offseason. Washington will also be looking to sweep the Giants for the first time since 2011.
Washington Football Team 2021 Record Prediction: 5-12