Washington hit the reset button yet again to open the new decade after sinking to their worst record since 2013 last season. The team continues to collect high draft picks, but there’s been little on-field return over the last few years for a variety of reasons. Another new administration moves in to head the nation’s capital team – fittingly, in an election year – but Washington has a tough road ahead in its own division against playoff-caliber Cowboys and Eagles squads, as well as a Giants team that has a chance to be significantly improved.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM SCHEDULE AND ODDS
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Philadelphia||Eagles -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 20||4:05 p.m. ET||at Arizona||Cardinals -6.5|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||at Cleveland||Browns -9|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Baltimore||Ravens -13|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 11||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. LA Rams||Rams -7|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 18||1:00 p.m. ET||at NY Giants||Giants -6|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 25||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Dallas||Cowboys -8.5|
|Week 8||Sunday, Nov. 1||BYE|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 8||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. NY Giants||Giants -2.5|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 15||1:00 p.m. ET||at Detroit||Lions -5|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 22||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Cincinnati||Washington -1.5|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 26||4:30 p.m. ET||at Dallas||Cowboys -12.5|
|Week 13||Sunday, Dec. 6||1:00 p.m. ET||at Pittsburgh||Steelers -10.5|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 13||4:25 p.m. ET||at San Francisco||49ers -15.5|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Seattle||Seahawks -8.5|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 27||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Carolina||Panthers -0.5|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 3||1:00 p.m. ET||at Philadelphia||N/A|
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM ODDS: SUPER BOWL
Washington’s Super Bowl LV odds opened up as +10000 before free agency began and remain at +10000 following the draft. At the current odds, a bettor placing a $10 wager would therefore win $1000 (plus the original $10 wager amount) if the bet was successful.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM ODDS: NFC EAST
Washington’s odds of winning the NFC East, which they finished at the bottom of last season, are currently +1300, which gives them the longest chance in the oddsmakers’ eyes. At their current odds, a bettor placing a $10 wager would therefore win $130.00 (plus the original $10 wager amount) if the bet was successful.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM ODDS: WIN TOTAL
Washington’s current projected win total is currently 5 wins. Odds on the Redskins finishing over that number are currently -121 and odds on them falling short of that total are +100. That means a bettor placing a $10 wager on the Over will net a total of $8.26 in winnings (plus the original $10 wager amount). In turn, a bettor placing a $10 wager on the Under will win $10.00 (plus the original $10 wager amount) if Washington wins four or fewer games.
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM 2019 IN REVIEW
2019 Regular-Season ATS: 6-10 (37.5 percent)
2019 Over/Under: 8-8 (50.0 percent)
Washington has developed a well-earned reputation of usually being at least a step behind their division rivals during the majority of Daniel Snyder’s ownership. That was never more evident than 2019, when Washington finished dead last in the NFC East and gave their perpetual coaching carousel yet another spin. Jay Gruden didn’t even make it through the end of the campaign, with Bill Callahan taking over as interim coach after a Week 5 loss to the Patriots. Washington did squeak out a one-point road win over the Dolphins the following week but went 2-8 the rest of the way.
Although 15th overall pick Dwayne Haskins had seen his first NFL action in Week 4 against the Giants, Callahan first inserted the rookie into a game in his capacity as head coach in Week 8 versus the Vikings. The Ohio State product would go on to start the next seven games before missing the regular-season finale against the Cowboys with an ankle injury. After some uneven performances early, Haskins produced a 5:1 TD:INT over his final three starts, which came against the Packers, Eagles and Giants.
Haskins wasn’t the only young skill-position player to offer reason for optimism in what was a largely disappointing season. Fellow rookie Terry McLaurin racked up 919 receiving yards on an impressive 15.8 yards per grab and also recorded seven touchdown catches despite missing two games. Meanwhile, Derrius Guice, who’d seen his entire rookie 2018 campaign wiped out by a torn ACL, was at least able to get in his first five games of action as a pro, a stretch that as highlighted by a 10-carry, 129-yard effort versus the Panthers in Week 13. A torn meniscus and an MCL sprain did cost him 11 games, however, so Guice will need to prove he’s capable of remaining upright for a full season before he can be deemed the future of the team’s ground attack.
After the season, Snyder wasted little time in bringing yet another big-name head coach on board in the hopes the long-suffering franchise can be turned around. Ron Rivera, ironically dumped by the Panthers following the aforementioned Week 13 debacle against Washington, signed a five-year contract in early January.
WASHINGTON 2020 OFF-SEASON MOVES
Key trade (acquisition): Kyle Allen, QB (from CAR)
Key re-signings: Brandon Scherff, G (franchise tag)
Key free agent losses: Ereck Flowers, OG (to MIA); Case Keenum, QB (to CLE); Josh Norman, CB (to BUF); Chris Thompson, RB (to JAC)
Key free agent signings: Kendall Fuller, CB (from KC); Peyton Barber, RB (from TAM); Thomas Davis, LB (from LAC); J.D. McKissic, RB (from DET); Ronald Darby, CB (from PHI)
Key draft picks: Chase Young, DE (1st round); Antonio Gibson, WR (2nd round)
After plenty of rumblings about Rivera using the No. 2 overall pick to grab his own potential franchise quarterback instead of settling for Haskins, Washington went the safe route with Young, who has the talent to be a game-changing force immediately on the defensive line. The addition of a familiar face in Fuller and a former division rival in Darby could also give the inconsistent secondary an immediate boost. Gibson could also find himself in a prominent role quickly, considering Washington’s need for a true No. 2 option alongside Terry McLaurin. Notably, the addition of Allen is even more intriguing now that the team passed over the quarterback position in the draft – irrespective of what might be said publicly, Allen is only 24 years old, has NFL starting experience, and perhaps most importantly, has a favorable history with Rivera.