Washington Redskins Betting Odds Preview
After four straight years of finishing in last place in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins won the division last season thanks in large part to the sensational play and leadership of rookie Robert Griffin III. Can Griffin III and company build on last year’s 10-6 SU and 11-5 ATS campaign with another strong one in 2013?
After starting 3-6 SU and 4-5 ATS last season, the Washington Redskins came out of their bye week with a renewed focus and determination. The Redskins finished the regular season 7-0 SU and ATS, including five games against division opponents. Washington was a perfect 6-0 ATS against NFC East foes in 2012, going 5-1 SU in those six games as well.
Washington’s offense was sensational, finishing fifth in total yards with 383.2 per game and fourth in scoring with 27.3 points per game. Griffin III had a great year passing the football with 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns with just five interceptions, but the Redskins’ biggest strength was on the ground. Griffin III rushed for 815 yards and fellow rookie RB Alfred Morris rushed for 1,613, leading the Redskins to the best rushing attack in the league. Offseason additions of wideouts Donte Stallworth and Devery Henderson should make the offense even more dangerous in 2013.
While the offense was among the league’s best last season, the defense was a liability. The Redskins finished 28th in total yards surrendered with 377.7 yards per game with one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL allowing 281.9 yards per game. Washington didn’t do much to address this issue over the offseason, so a trend towards the OVER shouldn’t surprise bettors this year.
All eyes are on the surgically repaired knee of Griffin III. Kirk Cousins is a great backup, but the team needs RGIII to be healthy to compete for another NFC East title. If Griffin III stays healthy and is as explosive as he was last year, the Redskins could be the team to beat in the NFC East.
NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 2
New York Giants +200
Dallas Cowboys +240
Washington Redskins +240
Philadelphia Eagles +325