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Washington Redskins Season Odds Preview


Washington was one of the NFL’s best stories last season, finishing the regular season 7-0 SU and ATS to claim their first NFC East division title in over a decade. Rookie of the year Robert Griffin III had his season ended by a severe knee injury, but he is expected to be ready to go for the Redskins on opening day. If Griffin’s knee injury doesn’t slow him down, he and Alfred Morris should again combine to lead one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL, which would put Washington in the running for another NFC East title.

Washington Redskins 2012-2013 Season Odds

After trying to return to relevancy behind middling veteran quarterbacks such as Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck the last few season the Washington Redskins finally admitted defeat and drafted a quarterback for now and the future.

Odds to win NFC East: +900
Regular Season Win Total: 6.5 (Over even)
Props: NFL Off ROTY odds Robert Griffin III 9/2

The QB was obviously Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III who will be tasked with rejuvenating a Redskins team that finished 5-11 last season. He can't be much worse than Grossman, who passed for 3151 yards last season with 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in 13 games.

Santana Moss remains as a veteran presence among the Redskins receivers, while Pierre Garcon was pouched from Indianapolis. Washington also has two solid tight ends in starter Fred Davis and old veteran Chris Cooley.

The Washington running game was pretty bad last season, averaging only 100.9 yards per game for 25th in the league. Roy Helu led all backs with 640 yards on 151 carries, but he could lose playing time to a now healthy Tim Hightower and the up-and-coming Evan Royster.

The Redskins defense improved last season, but really they had nowhere to go but up after ranking 31st in the league in 2010. In 2011 the defense ranked 13th, allowing 339.8 yards per game.

In a tough NFC East where the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys are all battling for top spot in the division the Redskins look like the odd man out this season, which is why they're a +900 underdog to win the division. If RGIII can add some much needed stability to the quarterback position and grow into the offensive weapon Washington is hoping the Redskins may finally turn the corner and become contenders again.

Odds to Win NFC East at Bovada as of August 20
Philadelphia Eagles +125
New York Giants +225
Dallas Cowboys +260
Washington Redskins +900

2012 Washington Redskins Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 9 WAS @ NO (Superdome 1:00pm FOX)
02 Sep 16 WAS @ STL (Edward James Dome 4:05pm FOX)
03 Sep 23 CIN @ WAS (FedExField 1:00p, CBS)
04 Sep 30 WAS @ TB (Raymond James Stadium 4:25pm FOX)
05 Oct 7 ATL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)
06 Oct 14 MIN @ WAS (FedExField 4:25pm FOX)
07 Oct 21 WAS @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
08 Oct 28 WAS @ PIT (Heinz Field 1:00pm FOX)
09 Nov 4 CAR @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)
10 BYE
11 Nov 18 PHI @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)
12 Nov 22 WAS @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
13 Dec 3 NYG @ WAS (FedExField 8:30pm ESPN)
14 Dec 9 BAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm CBS)
15 Dec 16 WAS @ CLE (Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
16 Dec 23 WAS @ PHI (Lincoln Financial Field 1:00pm FOX)
17 Dec 30 DAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)

Washington Redskins 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview

The Redskins are gambling that improved team chemistry in Year 2 under coach Mike Shanahan will boost the team's fortunes after undergoing yet another offseason makeover.

Bettors are gambling they will be big underdogs many weeks and good value for back-door covers and not as a realistic bet on the NFC East odds menu. Gone are high-profile (and expensive) players such as QB Donovan McNabb, DT Albert Haynesworth, and RB Clinton Portis.

Odds to Win NFC East: +2000
Regular Season Win Total: Over 6.5 (+155)
Props: Second-biggest Super Bowl longshot 125/1

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Incoming replacements include the quietly consistent RB Tim Hightower, defensive linemen Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield, and WR Jabar Gaffney, who should team with re-signed veteran Santana Moss to provide reliable downfield targets for whomever starts the season at QB, Rex Grossman or John Beck.

Besides the huge question marks associated with either pivot, there are ongoing concerns about the offensive line's ability to defend the pass rush, and holes to plug in the secondary.

It makes the 20/1 divisional odds and the 125/1 Super Bowl futures longshot number seem like risky bets. Redskins fans may never get the opportunity again for such attractive longshot numbers, so expect them to plunk some cash down.

Although the NFC East will be tough sledding again for the Redskins, they have a relatively soft road schedule with visits to St. Louis, Seattle, Miami, Buffalo and Carolina on their slate.

Week 1: at Washington

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 21:
Philadelphia Eagles -140
Dallas Cowboys +300
New York Giants +300
Washington Redskins +2000

2011 Washington Redskins Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 11 NYG @ WAS (FedExField 4:15pm FOX)       
02 Sep 18 ARI @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
03 Sep 26 WAS @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 8:30pm ESPN)           
04 Oct 02 WAS @ STL (Edward Jones Dome 1:00pm    FOX)           
05 Bye     
06 Oct 16 PHI @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
07 Oct 23 WAS @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm FOX)           
08 Oct 30 WAS @ BUF (Rogers Centre 4:05pm FOX)           
09 Nov 06 SF @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
10 Nov 13 WAS @ MIA (Sun Life Stadium 1:00pm FOX)           
11 Nov 20 DAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
12 Nov 27 WAS @ SEA (CenturyLink Field 4:05pm FOX)           
13 Dec 04 NYJ @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm CBS)           
14 Dec 11 NE @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm CBS)           
15 Dec 18 WAS @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 1:00pm FOX)           
16 Dec 24 MIN @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
17 Jan 01 WAS @ PHI (Lincoln Financial Field 1:00pm FOX)