The New England Patriots are favored by at least two touchdowns for the third time in the 2019 NFL season. The defending Super Bowl champions should have no trouble winning in blowout fashion when they visit the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon.

New England’s matchup with Washington features the largest betting line of Week 5 for very obvious reasons. The Patriots are laying 15.5 points on the road, according to OddsShark. The over/under is 43.

Only New England and the Kansas City Chiefs have gotten off to a 4-0 start. Washington is the only NFC team that sits at 0-4.

The Patriots are the clear pick to win straight up. There’s also plenty of evidence to suggest that New England will cover the spread.

Before beating the now 3-1 Buffalo Bills 16-10 on the road last weekend, the Patriots absolutely decimated the weak opponents on their schedule. New England outscored the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets 106-17, winning each contest by at least 16 points. The Jets covered the spread by returning an interception for a touchdown in garbage time when Tom Brady was on the bench.

The Redskins are in the same class as the Dolphins and Jets, looking like they are headed for a high pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. After losing three consecutive games to playoff contenders, Washington was beaten by the New York Giants 24-3.

Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins split time under center against the Giants, both quarterbacks playing extremely poorly. Colt McCoy might get a shot to start at quarterback for Washington.

McCoy’s 7-20 career record and 78.9 passer rating shouldn’t inspire much confidence that a change will produce a much different result.

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and head coach Bill Belichick before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

New England has allowed the fewest yards per game, yards per play and points per game in the NFL. They are holding opposing quarterbacks to a league-low 41.0 passer rating.

Brady had one of his worst games in recent years against Buffalo’s defense. He’ll get back on track Sunday against a team that’s given up more points than anyone in the NFC. Quarterbacks have a 112.4 passer rating against the Redskins.

Washington barely has any home-field advantage. The Redskins have been outscored 62-35 in two games at FedExField. Washington has a six-game losing streak at home with four of those defeats coming by at least 16 points.

Look for that trend to continue in Week 5.

Prediction: New England over Washington, 27-10