While their division rival Giants are losing offensive players, the Washington Redskins have seen a number of their defensive stars miss action due to ailments. It didn’t cost them in a win over the 49ers, but a thinned out secondary is a major concern for the Week 7 Monday Night Football matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Skins have already lost to Philly, dropping the opener 30-17, and they really can’t afford to lose this one as they try and chase down the NFC East leaders. Making the task more difficult will be absence of Josh Norman and possibly Bashaud Breeland in the secondary. Norman is still recovering from his rib injury and Breeland sustained a knee injury against the Niners. On top of that, safeties Deshazor Everett and Stefan McClure are also nursing injuries that put their status for Monday in doubt. That’s not a good sign when facing Carson Wentz on the road.
Washington will counter Philly’s offensive attack with their own secret weapon, who is not much of a secret now. Chris Thompson has emerged as the Skins’ playmaking threat and is part of a three-headed backfield that averages nearly 123 rushing yards per game. Thompson leads the team in rushing yards, receiving yards and touchdowns and has totaled over 100 total yards three times this year. He’s workload has increased with Rob Kelley injured and Thompson had a season-high 20 touches last week. He’s become the favorite target of Cousins, who still lacks trust in his receiving corps.
2017 Record: 3-2
2017 ATS Record: 2-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 3-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +6600
Current Odds to Win NFC: +3300
Current Odds to Win NFC East: +450
Current NFL Odds: Redskins +4.5
Over/Under Total: 48.5
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Week 6: Redskins 26, 49ers 24
ATS Result: 49ers +12
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46
An ugly loss is better than a pretty win. The Skins blew a 17-point first-half lead but held on to keep the Niners winless, though they failed to cover the 12-point spread. After watching the Niners knot the game at 17, Dustin Hopkins gave the Skins the lead and Cousins ran for a touchdown. The Niners scored late to cash the over and Kendall Fuller intercepted a pass to seal the victory.
Week 5: BYE
Week 4: Chiefs 29, Redskins 20
ATS Result: Chiefs -6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
The Skins got off to a good start taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Chiefs rallied behind Alex Smith and four field goals from rookie Harrison Butker, the last giving KC a 23-20 lead. Washington backers were still in the clear until a final play lateral exchange was fumbled and returned for a score. That final play allowed the Chiefs to cover the 6.5-point spread while cashing the over by a single point.
Week 3: Redskins 27, Raiders 10
ATS Result: Redskins +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 53.5
The score should have been much worse considering the stats discrepancy. Washington had 344 more yards and dominated from start to finish, covering the spread for the second straight week. The Skins throttled Carr and limited his top two receivers to one catch each for a total of 13 yards, which was a big reason why the teams played below the total.
Week 2: Redskins 27, Rams 20
ATS Result: Redskins +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Instead of settling for a field goal, the Skins scored a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining making over bettors extremely happy. It also got them a much-needed victory in a game they pretty much dominated from start to finish. Cousins threw the game-winning TD pass, but the ground attack torched LA for 229 yards in the kind of performance the Skins need to be successful.
Week 1: Eagles 30, Redskins 17
ATS Result: Eagles -2
Over/Under Total Result: Under 49.5
Four turnovers hurt the Redskins, including two in the fourth quarter that thwarted any comeback, yet they were still in the game until the last miscue was returned for a score. The lack of a run game put too much pressure on Cousins to make up ground through the air. He did throw for 240 yards, but that was well below the expectations he built for himself over the past two years. The Skins took the lead late in the first half, but they allowed a field goal at the end of the second quarter, which started a 17-3 Eagles scoring spurt to close the game.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 2-2
Over/Under Total Record: 0-4
For all the dysfunction surrounding the Skins, let’s not forget they won the NFC East two years ago and should have reached the playoffs last season if not for a late-season break down. They lost four of their last six games and failed in all phases of the game. The team will have a different look on both sides of the football in 2017, but they should still be competitive.
Week 1: vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, September 10, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 2: at Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, September 17, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 3: vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, September 24, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, October 2, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 5: BYE Week
Week 6: vs. San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 7: at Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, October 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Week 8: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, October 29, 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, November 5, 4:05 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 10: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 11: at New Orleans Saints, Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 12: vs. New York Giants, Thursday, November 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, November 30, 8:25 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 14: at Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, December 10, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 15: vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: at New York Giants, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
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