Washington needs a huge year from tight end Jordan Reed, but that's a lot to ask considering his injury history. This club could be in for yet another very frustrating season.
This team has just one playoff win since 1999 and if you’re expecting Washington to buck that trend this season you’ll be going against the grain. Oddsmakers have this team’s regular season win total at over/under 6.5 and its odds to make the playoffs at +455.
Washington was 6-3 before quarterback Alex Smith suffered a horrific injury that may force him into retirement and lost six of seven down the stretch to torpedo a season that looked to have promise. From there, Washington struggled to find any offensive consistency and missed out on the post-season. Washington point spread bettors went 9-7 against the spread.
Washington Redskins Acquisitions and Transactions
Veteran quarterback Case Keenum will be in the spotlight as he hopes to win the starting quarterback job, although rookie Dwayne Haskins may have something to say about that at some point. The team is hoping the Ohio State product will take the reins sooner rather than later. On defence, Washington gave safety Landon Collins a truckload of cash in the off-season, although it’s quite possible that his best days were left behind in New York.
Washington Redskins 2019 NFL Schedule
Washington’s 2019 schedule has been ranked as the easiest in the NFL by CBS, but those first five games are no cakewalk, especially if there’s any thought of starting the rookie under centre. This club’s over/under win total is pegged at 6.5 and its odds to make the post-season are +455.
Week 1 (Sept. 8): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 2 (Sept. 15): vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 3 (Sept. 23): vs. Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 4 (Sept. 29): at New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 5 (Oct. 6): vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 6 (Oct. 13): at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 7 (Oct. 20): vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 8 (Oct. 24): at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET (Fox/NFLN/Amazon)
Week 9 (Nov. 3): at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 10: BYE
Week 11 (Nov. 17): vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 12 (Nov. 24): vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 13 (Dec. 1): at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 14 (Dec. 8): at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 15 (Dec. 15): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 16 (Dec. 22): vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Week 17 (Dec. 29): at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
Washington Redskins NFL Betting and Odds
The most worrying thing about Washington is that you just can’t bank on anything with this team. Yes, the defence should be solid and maybe very good. Sure, the team actually looked like it was a playoff contender for a while last year until Smith was hurt. But there are a lot more questions than answers now. The quarterback position is obviously at the forefront of all concerns. Keenum isn’t exactly a QB that screams of an electric offence and even if Haskins balls out and lands the starting gig, it’s hard to expect much from him through a difficult schedule to start the season.
Jordan Reed is a game-breaker, but is too injury prone to be counted on each week and how long is Adrian Peterson going to keep eating up yards on the ground? This is a team that will very likely struggle to move the ball, relying heavily on its defence to win the time of possession battle every week.
Washington Redskins Prediction
Washington has been a team that usually ends up just slightly better than the experts predicted, but expect a step back this year. This team does have some decent pieces and may be a good bet when getting points, although absolutely everything would have to go Washington’s way to be in the playoff hunt. Right now that just doesn’t seem likely. Expect a 6-10 record straight up and 9-7 against the spread.