SNIDER: The odds are against Redskins

Rick Snider
May 13, 2020 - 10:12 am

Prime-time TV schedulers aren't the only ones unimpressed with the Redskins. Lines-makers also see them as dogs.

Advanced wagering by has the Redskins only narrowly favored over Cincinnati (-1½) and Carolina (-1). Washington is a pick'em against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on Nov. 8 after being a five-point underdog at Giants Stadium on Oct. 18. Oddly, home advantage is usually only worth three points.

The real slam is being double-digit dogs in five games, unheard of even in bad years by the Redskins. A 10-point or more spread is common among college games, but a real mismatch in the NFL. A handful means the team is just awful. Given a 3-13 season, no proven starting quarterback and little upgrading of the roster aside first-rounder Chase Young leaves odds-makers skeptical of a major turnaround.

Washington is double-digit dogs to Baltimore (+10), at Dallas (+11) on Thanksgiving, at Pittsburgh (+10), at San Francisco (+14½) and at Philadelphia (+10½) and plus-9 at Cleveland. The Dallas-Pittsburgh-San Francisco in consecutive weeks predicts the worst stretch in many years for Washington.

Otherwise, Washington is at least five-point underdogs against the rest of its schedule, starting with the home-opener versus Philadelphia (+6) on Sept. 13.

It would be easy to reject lines so far out as useless, but they typically hold up well come the season. Of course, opening with a victory over Philadelphia would change odds over the next few weeks. The Redskins also have their softer schedule around midseason, so a successful run could drop lines against Dallas, Pittsburgh and San Francisco below 10 points.

If you're feeling bullish on the Redskins' chances and quarterback Dwayne Haskins emerging, forget Wall Street and head to the sports books. If coach Ron Rivera manages even a 6-10 year, Redskins backers will make some money.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks