Washington Redskins Betting Odds

Washington Redskins Betting Odds

Indian Summer

The Washington Redskins made some moves over the summer that should help them have more success in 2018. If you are a fan of the Washington Redskins, betting on them this year is still risky, but there is hope. First of all, the additions of quarterback Alex Smith and the signing of rookie running back Darius Guise mean that the Redskins will bring new components to their offense to the field this year under head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden has a reputation of being an offensive mastermind who gets the most out of his players, and has had results with lesser talent in the past, so it should be interesting to see what he can do with Guise and Smith.

Time to shine

Coach Gruden might be on the hot seat after five seasons, but things could come together this year with the right talent in place. He has been 28-35-1 in his time with the Redskins, but has had to deal with forces out of his control, especially injury. To give an idea of what Gruden has had to deal with, twenty-four Washington Redskins players ended the 2017 season on injured reserve, fourteen of whom were starters at the beginning of the season. Placekicker Dustin Hopkins also spent half of the season on injured reserve. The only other NFL teams who even compared to the Washington Redskins last year, in terms of injuries, were the Los Angeles Chargers and Houston Texans. The Texans went 4-12. This year, with more talent and a roster that can stay healthy, The Redskins betting odds have improved a tad and this could be a breakout year if the right pieces fall into place. Gruber's job may depend on it. Historically Gruber has been a coach that gets more than expected out of players, and that certainly has been the case over the last few seasons. This year will be key in his coaching future.

New Weapons

Helping Gruden's cause this year will be quarterback Smith, who replaces Kirk Cousins. While Smith may not have the athleticism of Cousins, what he does offer is accuracy and dependability, which better suit the kind of game he will be playing under Gruden. Also new on the attack is first-round draft pick Guice. Guice proved himself to be a major talent at LSU, where he completed multiple 250-yard rushing performances and was a first-team SEC all-star. Smith and Guice are accompanied by two new wide receivers as well, in Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn. Richardson spent the last four seasons with the Seahawks, where he compiled 1,302 yards over 95 receptions. He has good speed and size and at age 26 is in prime form. Quinn was the final pick of the 2018 draft, but he managed to work his way onto the Redskins' roster for this year with his versatility and speed that allows him to be effective on the outside as well as in the slot.

Will it all work?

Here at Betmania.ag, our NFL sportsbook has the Washington Redskins at the bottom of the NFC East. Despite all the additions and a healthy roster, not much is expected of this group. They still have not proven themselves to be a legitimate threat to the other teams in their division, and that is not expected to change for 2018. Expectations aside, there will still be a lot of pressure on Gruden and Smith to deliver this year. With the odds stacked against them, it will be interesting to see how they respond.