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Washington Redskins Betting Predictions – Stacked NFC East Works Against The Redskins

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/24/2012 6:24:14 PM

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan
Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett
Owner: Daniel Snyder
Stadium: FedEx Field
Capacity: 91,704
Super Bowl Wins: 3

Offense

The smart sports bet on pro football this season will place little faith in the Washington Redskins' offense. It's no secret around the NFL that the Redskins need a real-deal quarterback to lead them from the wilderness and into the playoffs. Shane Matthews, John Beck, Rex Grossman, Donovan McNabb, and others have led the Redskins absolutely nowhere in recent years. As a result, the Skins drafted Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy quarterback from Baylor University. Griffin's major-league arm, dynamic athleticism, and well-above-average running ability made him an irresistible choice for head coach Mike Shanahan, who knows he needs his offense to deliver the goods in order for this team to succeed. There are two big obstacles in the way of that rosy scenario: First, young quarterbacks usually go through growing pains as they try to adjust to the speed of the professional game. Second, Griffin – though off the charts in terms of his raw athleticism – has a body that might not hold up under extended pounding from NFL defensive ends and linebackers.

In 2011, the Redskins finished 16th in the NFL with 5,387 yards of offense, but an average of just under 101 rushing yards per game, eighth-worst in the league. Quarterbacking is not the only issue; the offensive line needs to become more physical and effective.

Grade: D-

Defense

Legal online sports betting lines will treat Washington with some degree of respect because the Redskins have a decent defense. Washington's defense was not the problem for this organization in 2011, finishing 13th in the league by allowing 5,437 yards. The Redskins were generally able to contain opposing offenses, not dominating them but not getting dominated, either. Washington put up a particularly good fight against the run, but the better quarterbacks in the league could exploit the back seven, finding seams in coverage on third-down passing situations. Shoring up pass coverage will be a fundamental priority for this team; ramping up the pass rush will be needed to mask this team's defensive deficiencies.

Grade: B-

Special Teams

Prevailing online sports book odds will improve for Washington if it can improve its level of placekicking this upcoming season. The 82.9 percent conversion rate on field goals was decent, but a total of five missed kicks between the 40- and 49-yard range is worrisome. Had Washington's 34-of-41 tally been the primary product of missed kicks over 50 yards in length, the Redskins would have reason to feel more comfortable about this phase of the sport. An average of 40.6 net yards per punt and 10 touchbacks leaves a lot of room for improvement in the punting game.

Grade: C+

Prediction

The Redskins do not have proven playmakers on offense. Their problem does not lie anywhere else. Unless or until this team gains the requisite combination of experience and quality, it won't be able to fight past the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys in the NFC East. A 6-10 record makes sense for this team.

2012 Schedule

Week 1 – at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2 – at St. Louis (4:05 PM ET)
Week 3 – vs. Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4 – at Tampa Bay (4:25 PM ET)
Week 5 – vs. Atlanta (1:00 PM ET)
Week 6 – vs. Minnesota (4:25 PM ET)
Week 7 – at New York Giants (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8 – at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Carolina (1:00 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Dallas (Thursday, 4:15 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. New York Giants (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. Baltimore (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15 – at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16 – at Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. Dallas (1:00 PM ET)


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