Two teams trying to prove that they’re not the worst team in the NFL will meet in Week 11 as the New York Jets will visit the Washington Redskins. The action gets underway at 1:00 EST on Sunday, November 17 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Only fans in local markets will be forced to watch this game on Fox.
Current odds list the Redskins as 2.5-point favorites at home with an over/under of 38.5 points. Click here to check out all of the Week 11 NFL betting odds.
To the surprise of many, the Jets are actually coming off a win last week. Gang Green was able to knock off the Giants in Week 10, beating their New York brothers 34-27. That win snapped a three-game losing streak and got the Jets to 2-7 on the season. Of course, there would be a little more cause to celebrate if that win hadn’t come on the heels of an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins the previous week.
New York’s schedule continues to be favorable, giving them a chance to string some wins together and finish with a halfway decent record. At this point, the Jets need to do something that can reinvigorate a fanbase that’s slowly becoming apathetic, especially with the unpopular announcement this week that Adam Gase’s job is safe and that he will return in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Redskins head into this game with three straight losses prior to last week’s bye. It’s now been a month since Washington’s only win of the season against the Dolphins. Rookie Dwayne Haskins has officially taken over as the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. This will be his first start at home since taking the job from Case Keenum. However, he’s leading a team that hasn’t scored a touchdown in three straight games.
Right now, the Redskins are a serious contender to finish with the worst record in football and receive the top pick in next year’s draft. Winning a second game is probably the best way to make sure they don’t fall behind the Bengals for that distinction. However, this is one of the few games left on Washington’s schedule that the Redskins have a fighting chance to win.
I’m borderline shocked to see the Redskins favored in this game. Other than being at home and coming off a bye, there’s nothing that points to Washington being able to win this game. Keep in mind that their only win came against the Dolphins by a single point. The Jets are at least coming off a semi-impressive performance last week. To be honest, I don’t exactly trust the Jets, but I feel good about them as underdogs against the lowly Redskins.
It’s not a stretch to say that Haskins is nowhere close to ready to play quarterback in the NFL. He might have all the tools and a fair amount of potential, but he’s been a disaster thus far. In just 44 pass attempts, he’s thrown four interceptions and been sacked eight times. To put that in perspective, Case Keenum threw just as many interceptions and was sacked 12 times over nearly 200 pass attempts while he was Washington’s starter earlier in the season. I don’t care who the opponent is, Haskins isn’t ready to play, even for a rebuilding team.
Rookie receiver Terry McLaurin has been one of the bright spots on the Washington offense this season. But even his numbers have suffered since Haskins took over at quarterback. In his defense, Haskins doesn’t have proven veterans at wide receiver. Backup running back Chris Thompson remains the team’s second-leading receiver behind McLaurin despite missing the last three games due to injury. That says everything you need to know about Washington’s passing attack.
The only hope for the Redskins is to ride the aging Adrian Peterson for as long as possible. To his credit, Peterson has at least 76 rushing yards in four straight games and has rushed for over 100 yards twice during that span. However, he still hasn’t been able to find the end zone during that time. Even against the Jets, the Redskins aren’t going to win a game on field goals alone, much less cover a small spread.
Meanwhile, despite having scored the third-fewest points in the NFL this season, the Jets have legitimate offensive talent. They have Le’Veon Bell, who will be facing one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Jamison Crowder are also coming off productive outings against the Giants last week. If the offensive line can help spring Bell and keep Sam Darnold protected, the Jets should have a chance to move the ball and put points on the board the way they did last week against the Giants.
Ultimately, the Jets have the kind of offensive talent that at least gives them a chance to score points in this game. Even with a terrible offensive line, I think Darnold and his skill players will be able to score a touchdown or two against the Redskins. I simply can’t say the same for Haskins and the Washington offense. That’s enough for me to lean toward the Jets in this matchup of terrible teams.