Packers vs. Washington Point Spread: Sunday Night Football

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Nov 16, 2016

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Week 10 was easily the best week of the NFL season so far with several exciting finishes, led by Seattle’s upset win Sunday night in New England, which concluded in the exact opposite fashion of the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks. This Sunday night’s matchup has a lot to live up to as struggling Green Bay visits Washington in a rematch of a wild-card round game from last postseason. The Redskins are slight favourites on Sports Interaction’s NFL odds.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins

Point spread: Redskins -2.5

Over/under: 50.5/p>

Date: Sunday, Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers (4-5) were the preseason NFC betting favourites, but they look nothing like contenders now, on a three-game losing streak and fighting for their playoff lives. The good news for Green Bay is the NFC North Division is so mediocre with the Lions and Vikings only one game ahead in first place.

If Green Bay doesn’t fix its defense, the franchise’s streak of seven straight postseason appearances will end. In Week 10, the Packers were small favourites at Tennessee and were crushed 47-25 by a mediocre club. The Titans scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, something no NFL team had done since late in the 2014 season. It was the first time Tennessee had done that in 15 years. Green Bay was down 35-16 at halftime, its most points allowed before intermission since 2004. The Packers entered the game with the NFL’s No. 1 rush defense but gave up 162 yards on 30 carries — including a 75-yard TD run. Yes, the Green Bay defense is really banged up, but that’s shocking. That defense has allowed an average of 30.2 points in the past five games.

The heat is really on both defensive coordinator Dom Capers and head coach Mike McCarthy with the Pack under .500 for the first time since 2008, Aaron Rodgers‘ first year as the starting QB. Rodgers did his part vs. the Titans in throwing for 371 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for another. But Rodgers still isn’t having a typical MVP-quality season, and he has been very outspoken about the coaching staff, leading some to believe McCarthy and his assistants will be fired after this season.

Green Bay is 3-5-1 ATS overall this season and 1-3 ATS on the road.

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Washington Redskins

The Redskins (5-3-1) were the most unlikely division winners in the NFL last year in going from worst to first in the NFC East. Many thought that was a fluke, myself included. But Washington is still in the mix in the division this year, two games behind first-place Dallas in the loss column. If the playoffs started today, Washington would be the NFC’s second wild-card team.

Washington came out of its bye week this past Sunday and beat sinking Minnesota — doing the Packers a favour — by the score of 26-20 in Maryland. Kirk Cousins threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. It also appears that Washington has a new No. 1 tailback in undrafted free agent Rob Kelley as he carried 22 times for 97 yards vs. the Vikings. Former starter Matt Jones was inactive against Minnesota.

The Redskins played without two offensive starters in receiver DeSean Jackson (30 catches, 416 yards) and left tackle Trent Williams. Jackson was hurt but could play vs. Green Bay, while Williams is suspended three more games. Defensively, the Skins held the Vikings scoreless in the second half and sacked Sam Bradford on the game’s final play with Minnesota inside Washington territory trying for a mini-Hail Mary.

Washington is 6-3 ATS this season and 3-2 ATS at home.

Packers vs. Redskins Predictions

Washington will be looking for some payback here as the Redskins hosted the Packers in last year’s playoffs and Green Bay won 35-18. The Pack did nothing offensively on their first four offensive drives and trailed 11-0 around midway through the second quarter when Rodgers and Co. woke up. He threw for 210 yards and two scores. Cousins was 29-for-46 for 329 yards with a TD.

The 2015 Redskins didn’t beat a single team that finished with a winning record. The 2016 Skins are 4-0 against opponents who entered the game above .500. That doesn’t really help vs. Green Bay, but lay the 2.5 points here and go over the total. The over is 7-0 in the Redskins’ past seven home games.

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