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New England Patriots at Washington Redskins - 8/7/14

New England Patriots (12-4) at Washington Redskins (3-13)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm (FedExField)

The Line: Washington Redskins -2 -- Over/Under: 36.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC HD

The New England Patriots head to FedEx field on Thursday to face off against RG3 and the new Redskins offense. 

The Washington Redskins have made some huge changes this offseason in an effort to get RG3 more comfortable in the offense, and protect their huge investment.  The ‘Skins really struggled last season, and as a result, Washington brings in a new coaching staff, with head coach Jay Gruden.  With Gruden’s offense, the Redskins will be trying to take back control of the NFC East after going a disappointing 3-13 season last year.  The Redskins are going to try and run the ball with Morris and company, but don’t look for Morris or the Redskin quarterback to play much here on Thursday.  New offense or not, the Redskins will keep things basic, and try to prevent further injury to Griffin, to keep him healthy for an entire season.

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins - 8/7/14

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The New England Patriots had another solid season in 2013, making it to the AFC Championship game, only to fall to the Denver Broncos.  What the Pats did last year was very impressive, considering Brady didn’t have any real legit targets for the majority of the season.  New England now has talent on both sides of the ball, acquiring Revis on defense, and having (at the time) a healthy receiving corps for Brady to throw to.  The one thing the Patriots have going against them in this game against the ‘Skins is Belichick.  Belichick has shown us time and time again that he couldn’t care less about winning in the preseason, and after last year’s tough start with receiving talent, look for the Pats to stay basic here and rest the starters plenty.

Preseason games are always tough to call, and as always, I would be cautious with your bankroll here.  I’m going to take the Redskins as I feel there is a renewed excitement around this team, and the new coaching staff may get a bit more creative, trying to get some real play time with their new system.  Still, this is preseason, and anything could happen.

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Washington -2

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