The Washington Football Team vs New England Patriots will kick off their 2021 NFL preseason schedules on Aug. 11. It is the second NFL preseason game this fall. Below, we preview the initial matchup between two storied franchises. Washington Football Team vs New England Patriots Live Online.
The Patriots are playing in just three preseason games this year, with just their opener against the Washington Football Team at home at Gillette Stadium. Once again, the Patriots’ tune-up games will be broadcast on WBZ-TV in Boston locally for fans looking to see the Patriots take the field. However, after no preseason in 2020 and no fans at Gillette in 2020, fans will be back in Foxborough for the preseason opener as well as on the road. Here’s a full rundown of when each game is and how to watch it in New England and nationally.
Patriots preseason schedule, start times
Thursday, Aug. 12 vs. the Washington Football Team | Start time: 7:30 p.m. EST | TV: WBZ, NFL Network | Live stream: fuboTV
Thursday, Aug. 19 vs. Philadelphia Eagles | Start time: 7:30 p.m. EST | TV: WBZ, NFL Network | Live stream: fuboTV
Sunday, Aug. 29 vs. New York Giants | Start time: 6 p.m. EST | TV: WBZ, NFL Network | Live stream: fuboTV
Where to watch Patriots preseason games on TV: All three preseason games will are broadcast via WBZ-TV in Boston, which is the flagship station of the Patriots Preseason TV Network. That means it will air on CBS Ch. 4 in Boston and NBC/WWLP Ch. 22 in Springfield. All three games will also air nationally via NFL Network.
Fans will be intrigued to see how Washington’s vaunted defensive line manages against the Patriots’ revamped offense line. You also can’t forget about the countless players on WFT who’ll be looking to make a strong impression on the coaching staff before roster cuts.
Having said all that, the return of the NFL — even though it’s just preseason — marks the long-awaited return of betting football! Will the Football Team be favorited in its first game since its gutting playoff loss to Tampa Bay? Let’s see what the odds have to say.
Football Team vs Patriots Odds Week 1 Preseason
Betting NFL preseason isn’t for everyone, but here are the odds if you’re interested:
Spread: WFT -2.0/ Patriots +2.0
Moneyline: WFT -130/Patriots +110
Football Team vs Patriots Prediction for Week 1 Preseason
It wasn’t surprising to see the over/under set at 35.0 The first week of preseason is generally a slugfest of offenses trying (and mostly failing) to establish a rhythm. Having said that, we like Washington to win this game. After all, WFT will deploy Fitzpatrick under center before he eventually gives way to Taylor Heinicke, who doesn’t shy away from the big stage.
On the flip side, the Patriots will give most of their QB reps to rookie Mac Jones, who, while impressive at camp, will have his work cut out against Washington’s defensive front.
Newton, meanwhile, had an up-and-down season in 2020. He played in 15 games, completing 242 of 368 passes (65.8 percent) for 2,657 yards and eight touchdowns. He also carried 137 times for 592 yards (4.3 average) and scored 12 times. He finished the season strong by leading the Patriots to a 28-14 win over the New York Jets. In that game, he completed 21 of 30 passes for 242 yards and three TDs.
How to make Washington vs. Patriots picks
Tierney has analyzed this matchup from all angles and we can tell you he’s leaning over on the point total. He has also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread.
Why Washington can cover
Several Washington starters will see minimal playing time, if any, but with a quarterback competition underway, both 18-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and six-year vet Taylor Heinicke could see at least some action. Fitzpatrick played the last two seasons for the Miami Dolphins. Last year, he completed 183 of 267 passes (68.5 percent) for 2,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw eight interceptions and had a 95.6 rating. His best game was a 22-for-28 performance for 350 yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 43-17 win at San Francisco on Nov. 11.
Heinicke nearly cemented his place in Washington history with a gutsy playoff performance in a 31-23 wild-card loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Heinicke completed 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards and one touchdown in that game. He also rushed six times for 46 yards and one touchdown. He had played in just one other game, a 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27. He completed 12 of 19 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown in that game.
Why the Patriots can cover
Bill Belichick-coached teams are 14-7 against the spread in the first week of preseason. Belichick is not expected to play Newton, last year’s starter, much more than a series or two, but he could get a long look at Jones. The latter was phenomenal at Alabama, completing 311 of 402 passes (77.4 percent) for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns. He threw just four interceptions and had a rating of 203.1.