A pair of division winners from a season ago are set to clash in a cross-conference Week 3 matchup. The Washington Football Team and Buffalo Bills both rebounded from season-opening losses to score their first wins of the season last week. Both squads will aim to keep the momentum going on Sunday. Higher expectations and home-field advantage are undoubtedly two factors behind Buffalo being tabbed as the NFL betting favorite ahead of this Washington vs Bills contest.
The following Washington vs Bills NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends, stream and picks for the Week 3 matchup.
Washington vs Bills Week 3 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 3 Game
Washington Football Team (1-1, 0-0 Away) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-1, 0-1 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sep. 26, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Venue: Highmark Stadium — Orchard Park, NY
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Washington Football Team Preview
After losing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to an injury in Week 1, Washington could have very easily folded in their Thursday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants. Instead, the team rose up behind Taylor Heinicke to pull out a dramatic victory. A former Old Dominion signal-caller, Heinicke is quickly garnering legend status in the D.C. area. He was spectacular against the Giants with 336 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns. While he did have one interception that nearly cost Washington the game, it was a terrific play by corner James Bradberry to jump the route.
After a rather quiet opener, wideout Terry McLaurin was back to his usual ways in Week 2. He led the team with 107 yards receiving and a touchdown on 11 catches. J.D. McKissic also had a strong outing with 83 yards receiving and a score. Heinicke certainly has weapons in this offense to succeed going forward. One concern for the Football Team entering this NFL betting showdown is the defense. Regarded as one of the best defenses in the league entering the season, the unit struggled to stop a mediocre Giants offense last week. They’ll need to generate more of a pass rush this week if they hope to slow down a high-powered Bills offense.
Buffalo Bills Preview
After suffering an NFL betting upset loss in their season-opener, the Bills successfully avoided a similar fate in Week 2. In fact, Buffalo dominated the division rival Miami Dolphins, rolling to a 35-0 road victory. The Bills’ defense had its way with the Dolphins’ offensive line all afternoon, so much so that they knocked QB Tua Tagovailoa out of the game with a rib injury. The defense finished with six sacks last week, giving them eight total through the first two games. After taking a step back last season, it appears that the Bills have cleaned up that side of the ball.
One other encouraging thing to note for Buffalo is the run game. The Bills could not run the football at all a season ago, leading to a very one-dimensional offense that relied exclusively on the arm of Josh Allen. Week 2 saw Devin Singletary and Zack Moss combine to exceed 100 yards and score three touchdowns. Singletary has been particularly impressive averaging over six yards per carry in each of the first two games. If the Bills can maintain success on the ground to complement Allen and a loaded passing attack headlined by Stefon Diggs, they very well could take the next step as a contender in the AFC.
Washington vs Bills Odds and Spread
NFL betting odds for Washington vs Bills are taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: WAS: (+310) | BUF: (-390)
Spread: WAS: +8.5 (-105) | BUF: -8.5 (-115)
Total: 45.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via Action Network: WAS: (36%) | BUF: (64%)
Washington vs Bills NFL Betting Trends
- Washington is 1-1 ATS and 1-1 to the over this season.
- The Bills are 1-1 ATS and 0-2 to the over this season.
- The total has gone under in six of Washington’s last eight games.
- Washington is just 1-7 both SU and ATS in their last eight head-to-head meetings against the Bills.
- Bills are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against NFC opponents.
Washington vs Bills Stats
- Washington is averaging 23.0 points per game (PPG) this season (Tied for No. 16 in the NFL).
- Washington is surrendering 24.5 PPG this season (Tied for No. 16 in the NFL).
- Buffalo is averaging 25.5 PPG this season (No. 12 in the NFL).
- Buffalo is surrendering 11.5 PPG this season (Tied for No. 2 in the NFL).
Washington vs Bills Prediction
The Washington vs Bills NFL betting prediction uses the Team Rankings Picks tool.
Washington +7.5: 51.9%
Bills -7.5: 48.1%