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NFL insiders pick Packers over Redskins


NFL insiders pick Packers over Redskins

According to the lines in Vegas, the Redskins are either slight favorites to beat the Packers in their wild card playoff game on Sunday or slight underdogs. Either way, it’s essentially a coin flip in the eyes of the bookies.

But betting lines are designed more to get an equal amount of money wagered on both teams so that the sports books don’t risk losing money than they are to predict the winner of the game. And, according to some NFL team assistant coaches and personnel guys, the Packers are the pick to win.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talked to two assistant coaches and two personnel executives and asked them to predict the outcome of the game on Sunday. All four picked Green Bay by scores of by scores of 31-24, 24-20, 28-24 and 28-21.

One was not a believer in Kirk Cousins. "You keep waiting for the bad Cousins to show up," an NFC East personnel man said. "He has had a good year, but there are some turnover traits in play and Green Bay has the personnel to pressure him."

Hmmm. “Turnover traits in play”? Cousins has thrown three interceptions in his last 10 games and one of those bounced out of the hands of the intended receiver. Sure, he has had possible interceptions dropped by defenders but so has every other quarterback playing out there.

It’s even more surprising that the personnel man was from the Redskins’ division. Cousins threw two interceptions three and a half months ago in Week 3 against the Giants. Those were the only picks he threw in the NFC East all year.

One of the coaches polled wasn’t impressed with the noise generated by the

"You'd love to have the home-field advantage, but I don't think they (the Redskins) have an unbelievable home-field like Green Bay, New England or Seattle," the offensive coach said. "They don't have that kind of aura. Maybe their fans will be excited, but they haven't had a lot to cheer about for a couple years.

I would think that Redskins fans will take that as a challenge.

That offensive coach did have the only positive comment on the Redskins that McGinn passed along.

"I think the Redskins will manage the game well,” he said. “They're a better team when they're ahead."

We will see how this one turns out. But it looks like there are plenty of NFL types who don’t think the Redskins have much of a chance. It’s up to the team to prove them wrong. 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler


Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.