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Washington Football Talk's 2020 season predictions

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As the Washington Football Team prepares for its Week 1 battle against the Philadelphia Eagles, NBC Sports Washington's crew on the Washington Football Talk podcast once again took some time to give their annual predictions on how they believe the season will go.

JP Finlay, Pete Hailey and Mitch Tischler dove into different over/unders for players on the team as well as the final record for Washington in 2020.

Here's a look at what they believe will transpire during a truly unique season of football.

Over/Under

O/U: 3,025 passing yards for Dwayne Haskins

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Over

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: "He just needs to throw for 200 yards a game." - Mitch Tischler

O/U: 17.5 passing touchdowns for Dwayne Haskins

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Over

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: See above, he'd only need to throw around 1-2 TDs a game.

O/U: 13.5 interceptions for Dwayne Haskins

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Over

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: “The misses are bad, and he’s cutting down on the misses, but they’re still there and they’re still bad.” - JP Finlay

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O/U: 1.5 starts for Alex Smith 

JP Finlay: Under

Pete Hailey: Under

Mitch Tischler: Under

Reasoning: “If you set it at point-five I’ll take the over.” - JP Finlay and Pete Hailey

 

O/U: 1,050 receiving yards for Terry McLaurin

JP Finlay: Over

Analysis: “I want to be like, 'yeah, duh, it’s over.' But, you watch this offense, they’re going to the backs a lot. Logan Thomas is getting a lot of looks. Terry has the talent, the route-running ability, the speed, all of that. He can do that, definitely...But I do think this year, it is different. Defenses are going to be keying on him. He was a complete surprise at least the first half of last year…of course, I think it goes over, but this is Ashburn, man.” - JP Finlay

Pete Hailey: Over

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: “Over, but I don’t think it’s going to be way over," - Pete Hailey and Mitch Tischler 

O/U: 6 receiving touchdowns for Terry McLaurin

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Under

Analysis: “His touchdowns were a little fluky [in 2019]." - Pete Hailey

Mitch Tischler: Over

O/U: 8 sacks for Chase Young

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Over

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: None needed. 

O/U: 9 sacks for Ryan Kerrigan

JP Finlay: Under

Analysis: “Eight-and-a-half. He’s going to get less snaps." - JP Finlay

Pete Hailey: Over

Analysis: “Ryan Kerrigan is tired of talking about the good young pass rushers on this team. He’s still a good pass rusher. Nine-and-a-half to ten.” - Pete Hailey

Mitch Tischler: Under

Analysis: “He has his first competition really at outside linebacker and there is a rotation to be had there where he’s not going to be in on every single passing down and have every opportunity that he’s had.” - Mitch Tischler

O/U: 25 combined sacks for Chase Young, Ryan Kerrigan and Montez Sweat

JP Finlay: Over

Analysis: “I wonder if it was 27.5 that number gets a little more interesting.” - JP Finlay 

Pete Hailey: Over

Analysis: “I think Chase leads the way but I think he could do a lot of that work himself and the other two, just contribute a little.” - Pete Hailey

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: “I think we’re going to get seven-to-eight from Kerrigan, ten from Chase Young and I think you’re going to get twelve or more from Montez." - Mitch Tischler 

O/U: 2.5 different passers for Washington Football Team

JP Finlay: Over

Pete Hailey: Over

Analysis: “Two-point-five in like September.” - Pete Hailey

Mitch Tischler: Over

Analysis: “I said Tress Way is throwing a touchdown this year. Mark it.” - Mitch Tischler

Win Totals

JP Finlay: 5-11

Analysis: “They’re just not that talented, they really lack talent at some key positions. I’m worried about the o-line, I’m worried about the wideouts, I’m worried about the corners...I wanna be at 6-10, but I’m at 5-11...I think there’s a best-case scenario of 7-9.”

 

Pete Hailey: 8-8

Analysis: “Think Ron Rivera is a special person. Think he’s going to have an impact on this squad whether he’s here or kind of afar, but still here. Corona is weird, weird things are going to happen. Think they kind of come out of the gates, surprise people with this offense. Antonio Gibson is the next Terry McLaurin. Dwayne Haskins is way more mature. Chase Young is a beast. This front seven is a problem. I don’t want to go to 9-7, but I will go to 8-8...Washington Football Team, their one season, it’s going to be a good one.”

Mitch Tischler: 7-9

Analysis: “At a minimum, just the competency in coaching that this defense is going to see is going to make a multi-win defense. I think the lack of offseason and tape on what Scott Turner is going to do with some of these weapons is going to be a difference as well...If things go well, I think they can get eight. Maybe if super, super well, nine.”