NFL Pick, Prediction and Odds: 2019 Win Total For The Washington Redskins
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:09 PM (FedExField)
Over/Under 6.5 wins
The Washington Redskins will look to improve on a (5-11) 2018 regular season campaign. It was an unfortunate scenario in the Redskins losing their QB Alex Smith last year and for all of this coming year. This will be a new look offense with either QB Case Keenum or rookie QB Dwayne Haskins joining the mix as the starting quarterback of a team who finished 28th in the league in total offensive yardage and does not have the offensive weapons as most of their division. Additionally, the defense ranked 17th in total yards allowed in 2018, but hope to improve with the acquisition of S Landon Collin in the offseason. In a tough division with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys this looks like to be a rebuild year for this team. The season starts in journey in week 1 as the Redskins travel to Philadelphia to face off against the Eagles.
Week 1 at Philadelphia Eagles
The Redskins will come into this season I believe with QB Case Keenum under center and I see this Philadelphia defense able to take advantage. I see Keenum making a few key mistakes and QB Carson Wentz picking a part this defense in a route. Take the Eagles in their home opener.
Week 2 vs Dallas Cowboys
This will be a very tough matchup for the Redskins as Landon Collins will not be enough to bridge the gap to slow down RB Ezekiel Elliot and WR Amari Cooper. This Cowboys defense also looks like it could be the best in the league, returning a talented linebacker core and will again force key turnovers for a win.
Week 3 vs Chicago Bears
This is part of a brutal schedule for this inexperienced team as after they face the Eagles and Cowboys they will have to face Khalil Mack and the Bears. At this point, the Redskins will be worn out and the Bears are the more talented team on both sides of the ball. Take the Bears.
Week 4 at New York Giants
Although the Giants and the Redskins will compete for the bottom feeders of the league, I think the Giants have a better offense. Either Eli Manning or Daniel Jones will be able to utilize Saquan Barkley in space and allow for a very close game. I give the edge to the home team, possibly allowing Eli to start behind center for another week.
Week 5 vs New England Patriots
This is not even a matchup. This game will be a route from the onset. Give me the Pats.
Week 6 at Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins are clearly poised to tank for Tua this upcoming season with an offense that will be led by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick or QB Josh Rosen. There is a lack of talent on both sides of the ball for the Dolphins as I believe the Redskins are the better team. I like the Redskins to get their first win of the season on the road.
Week 7 vs San Francisco 49ers
I see the Giants carrying some momentum into this one against the 49ers. Although I see Jimmy Garoppolo able to find success against this offense, I see the Redskins being able to do the same against an inexperienced defensive core. Give me the Redskins to win consecutive games.
Week 8 at Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota is one of my sleeper NFC title contenders this upcoming season because I believe QB Kirk Cousins will show his worth and utilize his multiple offensive weapons to get things going. This defense led by Coach Mike Zimmer is ruthless and ranked 4th in total yards allowed. I see no way for the Redskins to generate much offense. Give me the Vikes at home.
Week 9 at Buffalo Bills
This will be another tough matchup for this offense against one of the top tier defenses in the league. It is hard to win at New Era Field in the first place with Bills Mafia members being everywhere, but bolstering the 2nd best total yards allowed defense in the league, this game will be a slug fest. I lean towards the home team in these matchups as I take the Bills.
Week 10 Bye
Week 11 vs New York Jets
The New York Jets are coming into this season with a new coach, GM, as well as a new face of the franchise in RB Leveon Bell. These changes will be useful but the risk taking of QB Sam Darnold will be the issue in this one. I see this Redskins defensive front able to force several turnovers and get a win on the road.
Week 12 vs Detroit Lions
Detroit is my pick to have the worst season compared to expectations for this upcoming season. QB Matthew Stafford lacks the offensive weapons to move the ball without taking several shots down the field. This Redskins defense will be able to put pressure on this below average offensive line and win this one on the road.
Week 13 at Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers will be hard to beat if QB Cam Newton can stay on the field and be a more efficient passer this upcoming season. RB Christian McCaffrey looks to have a breakout season as the Panthers offense has plenty of weapons to be successful, not to mention their veteran savvy defense led by LB Luke Kuechly. I just think the Panthers have too much talent for the Redskins to hang in this one. Take the Panthers.
Week 14 at Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers is a bad man and he will be poised and ready to go in this one. He is almost unbeatable at Lambeau and if his line is able to protect him he will shred this Redskins defense and provide some cushion for his average defense. Give me the Packers to pull out a high scoring game at home.
Week 15 vs Philadelphia Eagles
This will be a repeat of their week 1 matchup as the Eagles win in a route.
Week 16 vs New York Giants
The Washington Redskins will have seen this offense already in the season, and with both teams being out of contention I expect QB Daniel Jones to be behind center. I see the young QB struggling against this defense allowing for a close win at home. Take the Redskins.
Week 17 at Dallas Cowboys
This will be a repeat of week 2 as the Cowboys win in a blowout.
This line is too high for me as the Redskins have uncertainty behind center and have a grueling schedule. I see this as a bridge year allowing QB Dwayne Haskins to gain his footing, resulting in a high draft pick for the 2020 season. Take the Under.