After weeks of being underdogs by the Las Vegas experts, the trends are turning with the Redskins set to host the Packers in the Wild Card playoff round next Sunday.
For four weeks as part of their NFC East title run, the Redskins were getting points against teams like Buffalo and Philadelphia. Even in a Week 17 matchup against the lowly Cowboys, Vegas considered the Redskins underdogs. None of it mattered though as Washington continued to roll off win after win.
So now with Green Bay coming to FedEx Field for a Wild Card round matchup, Vegas actually likes the 'Skins. Or they did at least, briefly.
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The Pinnacle Sports Group opened the game with a line of Redskins -2 against Green Bay, before action quickly moved the line to a pick 'em. It appears to have settled there, depending where you look. The Westgate Resort has the 'Skins a 1-point favorite.
Obviously, these lines are fluid and move as more bets come in. It's interesting to note the difference in the early lines for the actual playoff matchup compared to hypothetical lines set last week. Prior to Week 17, Bovada.lv provided CSN with lines for all three potential Redskins Wild Card opponents: Seattle, Minnesota and Green Bay. Bovada had the Redskins as home dogs in all three, with the Seahawks favored by 7 and both the Packers and Vikings favored by 3.
What happened in between? Well, Green Bay lost at home to Minnesota, and perhaps more impactful, again their offense looked pedestrian. While Aaron Rodgers and crew made the final result tense, had the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson held on to the ball on a late kickoff return, the game likely would have ended without drama.
And it's not just that the Packers come into the game losers of two straight.
Kirk Cousins and the Redskins come in hot, winners of four in a row and with a high-octane pass offense. Against the Cowboys, Cousins threw for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half. In his last 10 quarters, Cousins has totaled 12 TDs with zero turnovers, all the while breaking just about every meaningful Redskins passing record.
Washington is hot, and Green Bay is not. Yet, the Redskins are already not favored to win, and by game time next Sunday, it seems highly possible will again be underdogs. After their four-game win streak, that might be just the way the 'Skins like it.