Listening to coaches and players can be a dangerous idea when trying to figure out how an NFL team will do during the upcoming 16 game schedule. As they should be, coaches and players are eternal optimists, expecting breakthrough performances and improvements to make even the worst team fare better.
To get a more accurate idea of how NFL teams will do this fall, turn to the experts in Las Vegas. The wiseguys that make the betting lines tend to know better than anyone what to expect from NFL franchises, and considering that, expectations for the Redskins in 2015 will not excite many fans.
Per Bovada.lv, the over/under win total for Washington is 6.5. To bet the over, you get good odds at +120 or 6/5. That means a bet the Redskins will win seven games or more, a feat accomplished only once in the last five years. To take the under, you have to pay for it, with odds of -150 or 2/3.
Clearly Vegas thinks the Redskins will win six games or fewer, that's why the odds tilt that direction. In the last 20 years, Washington has won six or fewer games in 10 seasons, and in the last 10 years, the 'Skins have broken the six win plateau just four times.
Recent history is even worse. The Redskins went 4-12 last year in coach Jay Gruden's first season. In 2013, the team imploded to a 3-13 record as Robert Griffin III dealt with his return from knee surgery and coach Mike Shanahan was fired.
Washington always plays a tough NFC East schedule, and the Vegas expectations for the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys are all significantly higher than for the Redskins. Dallas and Philadelphia lead the way with a win total of 9.5, and New York comes in at 8.5. In fact, only Jacksonville, Oakland, Tampa and Tennessee received lower win totals than the Redskins, a telling and sad figure if there ever was one.
So what do you think? Over/under 6.5 wins for the Redskins? Give us your prediction in the comments. Keep in mind, just getting to 6-10 would be a 50 percent improvement on the 2014 'Skins win total, though June is the time for NFL optimism.