WTOP Sports’ bold predictions for WFT’s 2021 season
LANDOVER, MARYLAND – AUGUST 20: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Washington Football Team calls a play during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on August 20, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Q: What will Washington’s record be in 2021? Will they make the playoffs?
Dave Johnson: 10-7, 1 playoff win
Rob Woodfork: 8-9, no playoffs. The best case scenario is 11 wins and another division title, but when was the last time Washington had everything fall into place like that, especially the year after a division title? (The answer is 1983.)
George Wallace: 9-8, no playoffs
J. Brooks: 7-10 (and that’s a stretch), no playoffs
Frank Hanrahan: 8-9. Too much hype and excitement for a team starting a legit journeyman QB. The defense will be stout but the QB play will be average, thus the sub-.500 record.
Dave Preston: 8-7-2
LANDOVER, MARYLAND – JANUARY 09: Wide receiver Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team makes a catch as cornerback Jamel Dean #35 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defends during the 4th quarter of the game at FedExField on January 09, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Q: Who will be Washington’s most valuable offensive player?
Dave Johnson: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Rob Woodfork: Terry McLaurin. This is the year he becomes a household name.
George Wallace: Antonio Gibson
J. Brooks: Terry McLaurin
Frank Hanrahan: Won’t be FitzMagic but McLaurin, clearly.
Dave Preston: Terry McLaurin
Ben Raby: Antonio Gibson
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, right, is sacked by Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young (99) during the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Q: Who will be Washington’s most valuable defensive player?
Dave Johnson: Chase Young
Rob Woodfork: Chase Young. More on that when you scroll down.
George Wallace: Chase Young
J. Brooks: Montez Sweat
Frank Hanrahan: The obvious choice is Chase Young, but since O-lines will be so poised to stop him, that gives Montez Sweat the chance to really wreak havoc to become the team’s defensive MVP with double-digits sacks.
Dave Preston: Chase Young
Ben Raby: Chase Young
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 03: Defensive end Chase Young #99 and wide receiver Terry McLaurin #17 of the Washington Football Team walk off the field after winning 20-14 over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Q: Will any Washington players be awarded a leaguewide honor?
Dave Johnson: Terry McLaurin will lead the league in receiving yards.
Rob Woodfork: As I said in my NFL preview, I got Chase Young winning Defensive Player of the Year. Dude will be a force to be reckoned with, a la Aaron Donald. Mark my words.
George Wallace: Chase Young, Defensive Player of the Year
J. Brooks: Tress Way, Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro
LANDOVER, MARYLAND – AUGUST 20: Jaret Patterson #35 of the Washington Football Team returns a kick in the second half during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on August 20, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Q: What’s your bold prediction for Washington’s 2021 season?
Dave Johnson: Washington will have league’s best defense.
Rob Woodfork: I have a few, actually.
- Terry McLaurin will lead the NFL in catches and receiving yards.
- Montez Sweat will have more sacks than Chase Young, but Young will have more impact plays (forced fumbles, etc.).
- Young’s buddy Jaret Patterson scores two special teams touchdowns. I mean, look at the picture above. Tell me that doesn’t look a young Brian Mitchell.
George Wallace: Fitz will start 16 games.
J. Brooks: Kyle Allen ends up finishing the season due to Fitzmagic running out of luck and turning into Fitztragic, in part because of injury this time. And Taylor Heinicke comes back to earth.
Dave Preston: The team starts multiple quarterbacks and uses multiple kickers this fall, yet still comes to within a whisker of the postseason.
Frank Hanrahan: Terry McLaurin will triple his TD amount from a season ago, hauling in 12 and make All-Pro.
Ben Raby: WFT beats Bucs Nov. 14 by double digits!
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