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Week 11: WFT Vs Carolina – Odds, Injuries and Picks

The Washington Football Team will be facing the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC in Week 11. Washington are coming off of their biggest win of the season – and one of the biggest upsets of the 2021 NFL calendar – a 29-19 dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Carolina is also riding high after beating the Arizona Cardinals last week, and seeing Cam Newton return. He scored two touchdowns on his first two touches of the ball, and will start this week against the Football Team.

Ron Rivera returns to Charlotte, NC to face his former team, in a match-up between two franchises just trying to keep their Wildcard hopes alive.

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New York Giants
MetLife Stadium
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Odds

The Panthers opened the week as 3 point favourites, and the spread remains 3.0 on most sports books.

Carolina -3.0

The over / under opened at 43, and is still 43 to 43.5 everywhere.

Over / Under 43.0

Injuries

For Washington:

Ricky Seals-Jones and Shaka Toney are out for this week’s game.

Benjamin St. Juste practiced Friday, but is still questionable (concussion).

Curtis Samuel, Saahdiq Charles and Kendall Fuller were all limited at practice on Friday, and are questionable for Sunday.

For Carolina:

Stanley Thomas-Jones (CB), Joseph Charlton (P), and Austin Larkin (DE) are questionable for Sunday.

Picks

It’s tough to choose between two teams that both have the benefit of momentum on their hands. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

Washington +3.0

This is the lowest over/under for Washington for weeks, indicating that the bookies don’t think either team will score much.  Washington 20 Carolina 17

Under 43.0
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First Look: WFT Vs Carolina – Head To Head, Odds And More

The Washington Football Team will face the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium this coming Sunday. These two teams are both coming off huge upset victories. Washington ended a losing streak with a big 29-19 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Panthers are coming off a convincing 34-10 win over the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals (now 8-2).

Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera heads back to Carolina to face his former team.

WFT
at
Giants
New York Giants
MetLife Stadium
Jan 9, 2021
1:00pm
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Head-To-Head

These two teams have faced each other just 16 times. Washington currently lead the series 9-7-0.

They have played each other in each of the last three seasons. Carolina won last year’s match-up 20-13 at Fed Ex. Washington won the match-ups in 2018 (29-21) and 2019 (23-17).

Injury Situation

For Washington:

Montez Sweat and Chase Young are out.

All currently questionable: Samuel Cosmi (Ankle), Curtis Samuel (Groin), Greg Stroman (undisclosed) and Ricky Seals-Jones (Hip).

Logan Thomas, Darryl Roberts and Jared Norris could all potentially return from the Injured Reserve list this week.

For Carolina:

Austin Larkin (DE) and Myles Hartsfield (DB) are currently listed as questionable for Week 11.

Rashaan Melvin (CB), Stantley Thomas-Oliver (CB), Colin Thompson (TE), Kenny Robinson (S), Shi Smith (WR), and Phil Hoskins (DT) were all inactive for Week 10 at Arizona.

Joseph Charlton (P) and Deonte Brown (OG) are currently on Injured Reserve but slated to potentially return for Week 11.

Opening Line

The Panthers open the week as 3.0 point favorites.

Carolina -3.0

The opening over / under was set at 43.0.

Over | Under 43.0

Washington are now 2-7 against the spread in 2021, after their upset victory over Tampa Bay.

Tampa were favored by 10!!

 

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Victory Monday

It’s a #VictoryMonday! Woot!

Enjoy your day!!

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WFT vs Bucs

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Slye Signed To Ignite WFT Kicking Game, And Blewitt Out

After saying that they were not going to make a kicking change this week, Washington made a kicking change this week. The Football Team signed Joey Slye, who was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers. The WFT released Chris Blewitt, who had more success as an internet meme than he did on the football field.

Not that surprising a move, and almost necessary given the kicking issues in the last two outings.

Regardless, Coach Ron Rivera still stated with great conviction that Blewitt would not be replaced this week.

Right before replacing him.

As is sometimes the case in the business of sports.

Recapping The SNAFU

The grass is always greener on the other side.

An old cliché, but all too apt a description for Washington’s kicking woes.

If somehow you missed the fun, here is how the Football Team got themselves into the dilemma in the first place.

On October 20th, Washington quietly released long-time kicker Dustin Hopkins. Was he struggling? Yes and no. He was a very acceptable 12-for-14 on field-goal attempts, but was 9-for-12 on extra-point attempts. Obviously that isn’t the rock solid performance you want out of your kicker, but Hopkins was a proven veteran. It seemed relatively surprising when he was released.

To replace Hopkins, Washington signed a completely unproven entity in Blewitt. He had zero NFL kicking experience, but had been a good kicker at Pittsburgh University. Five years ago.

It didn’t go as well as they hoped.

In two games, he actually had more field goals blocked, than he kicked. That must be some sort of record or at least footnote worthy stat somewhere.

Three blocked field goals in two games seems like an anomaly that may have only happened once. Let alone in a guy’s first five attempts.

For Comparison’s Sake

Slye is 11-for-13 on field goals in 2021. Those numbers are split between three games with the Houston Texans to start the year, and then three with the 49ers. The 49ers let him got after he’d kicked 7 of his 8 field goal attempts. He did miss two-out-of-four point after attempts in San Fran though.

He missed one in Houston as well.

In fact, Slye is 9-of-12 on point after attempts. Exactly the same statistic that cost Dustin Hopkins his job.

You can’t make this stuff up.

So Washington got rid of a 7-year veteran because he had gone 9-for-12 on point afters, for a new guy who has gone 9-for-12 on point afters.

Oh, and in the process have already had two games of complete kicking uncertainty thanks to the moves.

He Blewitt

It’s quite probable that you never see Chris Blewitt on an NFL football field again.

What a legacy.

At least he can tell his grandkids that he kicked a 50+ yard field goal in an NFL game.

And was a perfect 2-for-2 on point after attempts.

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Corn Elder Signed To Boost Banged Up Washington Secondary

The Washington Football Team needed to make a roster move today, after cornerback Darryl Roberts was put on Injured Reserve. Washington looked to Head Coach Ron Rivera’s former team as they have so often in his tenure. They signed cornerback Corn Elder off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad on Wednesday.

Elder was drafted by Rivera and the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Finally Back In Black Again

Sometimes life serves you lemons and there is no lemonade to be found.

An unforeseen life hiccup caused me to be offline for much longer than expected, my apologies.

Things have smoothed out now, and I look forward to trying to bring you some interesting Washington Football Team content in 2021.


As for Sunday, what do you even say?

It was bad, then it was good, and then it was bad again. Read More

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Tight End Added, OTAs Open and More Washington Football News

The Washington Football Team made another roster move just before OTAs opened, signing former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

Seals-Jones played in two games for the Chiefs last year, and was targeted just once. He also appeared in two of the Chiefs’ playoff games against the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills. He did not play in the Super Bowl, as he was replaced by Deon Yelder, who also joined Washington earlier this month.

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Smith Peels Back The Curtain, Just Days After His Retirement

Washington issued a lovely good luck in your retirement to Alex Smith in a press release last week. They probably thought it would be the last time that they had to issue a press release on the retiring former player. It seemed almost metallic to read at the time. Perhaps it felt that way to the quarterback as well.

Not only did Smith not go gently into that good night, he is the subject of many-to-most of the Washington headlines in the last 24 hours.

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Where Do Washington Management Rank In Terms Of Drafting?

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal just posted his General Manager Power Rankings based on how teams have drafted recently. How did the Washington management group fare in respect to others? It didn’t. The rankings left off the nine teams that have one draft (or less) of experience, so that left Washington’s three-headed approach off the list. Read More

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