Washington Redskins 2017 Betting Preview
The Washington Redskins made the playoffs in 2015 and started last season 6-3-1, but stumbled down the stretch and missed the postseason. Now the club is at a bit of a crossroads, as standout quarterback Kirk Cousins is not signed to a long-term deal and the team must decide which way it will go moving forward.
It’s possible Cousins signs a contract extension before the season, but if he doesn’t it will be interesting to see how everything plays out. The offense was solid a year ago but lost a pair of key receivers and must be sharp in order to duplicate last year’s showing.
Washington is in a tough NFC East and could face an uphill climb to make the postseason.
2016 Record: 8-7-1
2016 ATS Record: 10-6
Over/Under Total Record: 12-4
Current Super Bowl Odds: 66/1
Current Odds To Win NFC: 33/1
Current Odds To Win NFC East: 9/2
Cousins played well last year, throwing for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, he was aided by one of the best pass-catching groups in the NFL, and both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency.
However, there is still some talent coming back, highlighted by star tight end Jordan Reed, and the Redskins signed the talented Terrelle Pryor in free agency. Cousins should still have enough players who can consistently beat defensive backs, but it could take some time to develop the chemistry with the new players.
The Redskins’ offense should be good, but the defense needs to improve after allowing 23.9 points per game a year ago. Jonathan Allen was drafted in the first round to add talent to the defensive line, while safety D.J. Swearinger was signed in free agency. Star cornerback Josh Norman and edge-rusher Ryan Kerrigan are still around, so there are pieces.
The Redskins don’t have the look of an elite team, but they do have some talent. If Cousins can continue to improve Washington should remain in playoff contention throughout 2017, and if it gets enough breaks, a return to the playoffs is a possibility.