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Halfway through the year, the Redskins sit at 5-3 and in first place of the NFC East. That's good news, but storm clouds are on the front lawn.

Injuries piled up after the Falcons loss last week, and the team will be without a number of offensive starters this week, including their two best offensive linemen, their 2017 offensive MVP and their big-money free agent addition at WR. 

For a lot of fans, the Redskins season is shot. 

For the oddsmakers at Bovada, it isn't that simple. 

Asked to predict how the books would look at the Redskins after losing Brandon Scherff, Shawn Lauvao and Paul Richardson, and knowing Trent Williams and Chris Thompson won't play this weekend and likely for a few more weeks, Bovada SportsBook Manager Kevin Bradley explained that Washington isn't out of the playoff picture yet.

With eight games remaining, Bovada set the over/under for wins at 3.5. 

Read between the numbers, and that means the Redskins are likely to win between eight or nine games. A 9-7 record might be enough to win the NFC East this season, or even get the second NFC Wild Card spot. 

That's the good news.

On the other side, Bradley would only install the Redskins as favorites in two of their remaining eight games.

Surprisingly, Bovada would have the 'Skins favored at home next week against the Texans, albeit just one-point favorites. Not surprisingly, Washington will be expected to beat the struggling Giants in early December.

 

With the Giants a mess and the Cowboys two games under .500, the NFC East will come down to the Redskins or the Eagles. And Bovada believes the Redskins will be underdogs in both games, even the season finale at FedEx Field. 

Much can change in the NFL, and it can happen fast.

Looking at odds for games two months from now is probably a bridge too far, but Redskins fans should take some hope that the oddsmakers kept the win total in the playoff conversation. 

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