It was a rough season for the Washington Redskins and they still had a chance to finish at .500 with a win over the Giants in the season finale. But it wasn’t meant to be and the Skins head into an uncertain offseason after finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the last five years.
Success or failure is based solely on wins and losses. Nobody, except for those closest to the organization, will remember the number of players lost to injury and how the Skins were hit especially hard. That they even came close to eight wins and were in the playoff picture until the final weeks was a surprise, but in the end the injuries were too much to overcome. After enduring the first losing season in the last three, it’s hard to imagine the team replacing Jay Gruden. Despite the numerous roster changes, the team played hard, but they were overmatched several times.
One player who made it through was Kirk Cousins and the Skins should do everything in their power to keep him. With quarterbacks dropping like the mercury in an arctic blast, Cousins started all 16 games and eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for a third consecutive season. We’ve seen teams fade without a quality starter and we’ve seen others excel with competent play at the position. The Skins won’t go through the medical tent next year at the rate they did this season so it makes sense to have the most important position locked up. Of course it’s not solely up to the Skins whether Cousins returns next season, but the Niners have a QB now and that takes one team off the list.
2017 Record: 7-9
2017 ATS Record: 7-9
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 8-8
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC East: N/A
Week 17: Giants 18, Redskins 10
ATS Result: Giants +4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Giants scored on their first two offensive possessions and the Skins couldn’t recover. Cousins tossed three interceptions and Washington amassed fewer than 200 total yards against an inspired Giants defense. Cousins scored on a 12-yard run and Dustin Hopkins hit a 49-yard field at the end of the half to cut the deficit to 15-10 at the break. The Skins failed to score in the second half keeping the score below the total.
Week 16: Redskins 27, Broncos 11
ATS Result: Redskins -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 39.5
Cousins threw three touchdown passes and the Skins amassed nearly 400 yards against a tough Denver defense to win going away while covering the spread for a second straight game. They held the Broncos without a touchdown until the final minutes of the game to cash the under for the third game in a row.
Week 15: Redskins 20, Cardinals 15
ATS Result: Redskins -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40
In a game of field goals, the Skins scored two touchdowns to come away with the cover win. After surrendering 68 points in the previous two games, Washington didn’t allow a touchdown, and two scoring passes from Kirk Cousins offset five Arizona three-pointers as the Skins cashed the under for a second straight game.
Week 14: Chargers 30, Redskins 13
ATS Result: Chargers -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
The Skins allowed LA to score on its first five drives and the game was quickly out of hand. Vernon Davis’ TD grab early in the second quarter had Washington within a touchdown, but a missed PAT was a sign of things to come. By the time Bashuad Breeland returned his interception 96-yards for a score, the Skins were down by 18 and Gruden didn’t even attempt a 2-point try because he didn’t want to extend the game.
Week 13: Cowboys 38, Redskins 14
ATS Result: Cowboys +1.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47
The offense never got going with Cousins working behind a patched up offensive line. His three turnovers and four total by the Skins didn’t help, giving life to a sluggish Dallas club that had lost three straight. After giving up 17 straight points in the second quarter, Washington finally got on the board with Cousins’ TD pass in the final minute of the half. But they couldn’t contain Alfred Morris and the Boys blew it open with a 21-point fourth, handing the Skins the ATS loss.
Week 12: Redskins 20, Giants 10
ATS Result: Redskins -7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
Cousins tossed a pair of second half scoring passes, the last with 3:31 remaining to break a tie after his pick-six allowed the Giants to even the score. The Skins forced a turnover on downs on the next possession and Nick Rose booted a field goal to give the Skins a second straight cover win.
Week 11: Saints 34, Redskins 31 (OT)
ATS Result: Redskins +9.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 52.5
Cousins tossed three touchdown passes, his last with under six minutes to play giving the Skins a 31-16 lead. But Washington couldn’t contain Drew Brees, who rallied the Saints. The Skins failed on a third-and-1 with two minutes left, giving the ball back to the Saints. They drove for the game game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion. On the fringe of field goal range late in regulation, Cousins was called for grounding and took a sack, ending the drive. They went three-and-out in OT and New Orleans drove for the game-winning field goal.
Week 10: Vikings 38, Redskins 30
ATS Result: Vikings -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43
Getting a season-high 30 points and failing to slow down Minnesota’s offense was enough to cash the over. Harris’ acrobatic grab gave the Skins an early lead, but they gave it back and then some, falling behind 35-17 after three consecutive Case Keenum touchdown passes. Washington made it interesting in the fourth and Nick Rose made it an 8-point game with just over a minute left. However, the Skins couldn’t recover the onside kick and failed to cover the 1-point line.
Week 9: Redskins 17, Seahawks 14
ATS Result: Redskins +8
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44.5
Three missed field goals and two failed two-point conversions gave the Redskins enough breathing room to pull out the game-winner behind Cousins, giving them an outright win and breaking a four-game ATS skid. Cousins drove the team 70-yards in 35 seconds with Rob Kelley getting in from the one with less than a minute to play.
Week 8: Cowboys 33, Redskins 19
ATS Result: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Given the number of fallen Redskins it was hard to imagine they were within a touchdown late in the game. Cousins did his best by throwing for 263 yards and a touchdown, but the offense was overmatched with a patched up line. The Skins failed to cover the spread in a fourth straight game and it took a Dallas pick-six with less than a minute remaining to cash the over for the fifth time in seven games.
Week 7: Eagles 34, Redskins 24
ATS Result: Eagles -5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48.5
A shorthanded secondary just couldn’t keep Carson Wentz off the board and the Skins dropped their third straight ATS. They grabbed the lead on the first of three Cousins scoring passes, but the offense went stagnant and the Eagles scored on three consecutive possessions to put the Skins in a 24-10 hole. Trading scores down the stretch allowed the over to cash, but the Skins couldn’t come back.
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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