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Vegas gives odds on Redskins vs Packers in Wild Card game

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Vegas gives odds on Redskins vs Packers in Wild Card game

Freeze this moment in time: If the NFL season ended December 2, the NFC East champs Redskins would host the wild card Green Bay Packers in a playoff game at FedEx Field.

While things could change Thursday night when the Packers play the Detroit Lions, and it could certainly change when the Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys next Monday night, but for conversation's sake, let's envision the Redskins face the Packers in the playoffs. Who would Vegas install as the favorite, and what would the line be?

CSN reached out to the experts at Bovada.lv, and the results were interesting. The Redskins have excelled at home (5-1 at FedEx Field, winners of five straight), and Green Bay is slumping, losers of three of their last four games. What does that mean for Vegas though when Washington lines up Kirk Cousins and Green Bay sends out Aaron Rodgers?

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Bovada installed the Packers as 3.5 favorites, lower than many might expect. Gambling rules dictate home field advantage is worth three points, so if this game was in Wisconsin the Redskins would be 6.5 point underdogs. Still, home underdogs have a recent history of performing well early in the playoffs, and the Vegas experts are suggesting that the Redskins would hold a tight playoff battle with the Packers win or lose.

Obviously in early December the NFL playoff situation remains quite fluid. Other teams currently in line for a Wild Card berth include a pair of 6-5 squads in Seattle and Atlanta. The Seahawks appear to be figuring things out at the right time, on a two-game win streak, and obviously coming off back to back Super Bowl appearances. Should the Redskins face the Seahawks in a Wild Card game (try to avoid flashbacks to RG3 writhing on the ground in pain in the 2012 Wild Card game), Bovada says the Seahawks would be 4.5 point favorites.

On the other end of the spectrum come the Falcons, who started the season strong but have lost four in a row. The Redskins lost in overtime in Atlanta in Week 5, but both teams look quite different two months later. Should the Redskins draw the Falcons, Washington would actually be favored to win by 3 points. 

Point spreads for fictional games provide no actual value, but they are a good baseline to understand how the experts in Las Vegas view the Redskins. As for point spreads for actual games, the Redskins are favored by 4.5 points to beat Dallas on Monday night.

Still, the Packers just a 3.5 point favorite against the 'Skins in a Wild Card game seems juicy, a smaller number than expected and perhaps a telling line. Let us know what you think in the comments.  

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New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

New set of injuries leaves Redskins offensive depth chart in shambles

At the onset of the 2018 NFL season, few expected Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed to be among the most healthy players on the Redskins.

Both players dealt with injuries in their early careers, and had spotty training camp attendance in Richmond. And yet, 12 games into a season littered with other offensive injuries, Reed and Doctson had been largely healthy. 

That changed in Sunday's thumping from the Giants. Reed strained his big toe, and might not return this season. It's particularly alarming to hear of as he had surgery on both feet last offseason. Doctson landed in concussion protocol after the Giants game, and his status will be updated Wednesday at practice. 

The Redskins offense had not been productive with Reed and Doctson in the lineup, let alone out of it. Reed will certainly be out for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, and Doctson will be somebody to watch. 

With these latest injuries, it's almost impossible to come up with a real depth chart for the offense. Here goes:

QB: Josh Johnson, Mark Sanchez, Colt McCoy
Note: Seriously, these are the QBs. McCoy is not healthy enough to play but the team is not placing him on season ending IR yet either.

RB: Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Byron Marshall, Kapri Bibbs, Samaje Perine
Note: Against New York, Marshall landed on the active roster ahead of Bibbs. It doesn’t make a ton of sense, but not much this season has. 

WR: Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Michael Floyd, Jehu Chesson
Note: With Doctson possibly out with a concussion, the Redskins don’t have enough WRs for the Jags game. If that happens, expect Simmie Cobbs to get called up from the practice squad. Darvin Kidsy is another option.

TE: Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle
Note: With Reed out the Redskins will likely call up J.P. Holtz from the practice squad. Matt Flanagan is another practice squad option, but he projected to be a fullback. Seeing as the third tight end plays a decent amount of snaps in the Redskins offense and special teams, the organization might look outside the team for help if Reed gets put to the injured reserve. 

OL: Trent Williams, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, Tony Bergstrom, Luke Bowanko, Zac Kerin, Austin Howard, Ty Nsekhe, Kyle Fuller 
Note: The Redskins really hope Bergstrom can get back on the field this week as the Austin Howard guard experiment went poorly. The team just added Fuller on Tuesday. 

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Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

Somehow, the Redskins still have a fairly straightforward playoff path. Somehow

You're going to feel absurd for reading the following sentence, but probably not as absurd as it felt to type the following sentence.

The Redskins, who are on their fourth option at QB, who made the '18 Giants look like the '72 Dolphins and who are large underdogs this weekend to the 4-9 Jaguars, actually still have a straightforward path to the playoffs.

Now, the word "straightforward" only applies to the path on paper, because realistically, there's nothing straightforward about fixing the litany of issues that are plaguing Washington at the moment.

Regardless, by losing on Monday night to the Seahawks, the Vikings blew a chance to separate themselves from a pack of NFC teams chasing(?) them and their final wild card spot. The Redskins are one of those teams, and here's how they could pass Minnesota to qualify for the postseason:

With the way the season is unfolding, you'd expect the Burgundy and Gold's playoff scenario to involve a bunch of teams losing a bunch of times in these final three weeks. The tweet above illustrates that's clearly not the case. They only need Minnesota to drop one more to go along with the Redskins winning out.

Of course, the Redskins stringing three straight plays together without committing a holding penalty feels like too much to ask for, so anyone expecting a three-game winning streak is either a bit crazy or a relative of Josh Johnson. But still, they're not out of the hunt quite yet. Somehow.

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