Washington Redskins Odds Preview

The more things change, the more they remain the same with Washington Redskins odds. For the umpteenth season in a row, the Washington Redskins (a) are trying to improve on a disappointing season prior, (b) have a new coach and (c) will pin their hopes on some expensive new veterans. So did the Redskins make the right offseason decisions this time? And are they worth a wager at Sportsbook.ag?

Odds to Win NFC East: +600 Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 (OV -120, UN EVEN) Super Bowl Odds: 25 to 1 After tiring of the underachieving Jason Campbell and watching injuries destroy star left tackle Chris Samuels, the Redskins set out for an offensive overhaul this winter and did just that. The first step was hiring Mike Shanahan as their new head coach. More than anything else, he should help the running game. His one-cut system made many backs into stars over the years, including Clinton Portis, with whom Shanahan now reunites.

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Next up, the Redskins acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from their bitter division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb is old and injury prone but he’s easily the best option the Redskins have had under center in years and years. The Redskins weren’t nearly done after that. They drafted Trent Williams in the first round to be McNabb’s blind-side protector. So far, so good, right? After that, however, came some questionable moves. Washington loaded up on expensive, old former stars, including running backs Willie Parker and Larry Johnson and Joey Galloway at wideout. The Redskins could see minor offensive improvement thanks to McNabb but half their offense could wind up in the infirmary. Washington does at least play solid if unspectacular defense; it ranked 10th overall last year. What the Redskins lack is big-play ability. They play bend-but-don’t break but picked off just 11 passes last season. And will they remain effective up the middle now that pricey defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is battling fitness problems, illness and Shanahan’s wrath?

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The 7.5 regular season win total for the Redskins seems appropriate. If their vets pan out, they could rise, but the odds of that happening are slim. More importantly, they play in one of football’s most competitive divisions. Any team that plays the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles twice each starts the season behind the eight ball.

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