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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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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

Redskins Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope.

Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Inside linebackers

Additions: Shaun Dion Hamilton (drafted in the fifth round)

Departures: Will Compton (free agent)

Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Other roster locks: Josh Harvey-Clemons

On the bubble: Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight

How the inside linebackers compare

To the rest of the NFL: This is a difficult comparison to make since only about half of the teams use the 3-4 with two inside linebackers and there are many variations when they go out of their base defense. Brown certainly is in the upper tier of players at his position. Foster’s skill set may not be coveted by many teams around the league, but he is a perfect fit in the Redskins’ defense in many ways. The player who could differentiate this group from others around the league is Harvey-Clemons. If he turns into a top-notch nickel LB the inside linebackers will be a great asset. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  This is about health. In 2017, Foster missed 11 games, Brown was hampered by a variety of injuries before sitting out the last three games. Compton was the top backup to both players and he went to injured reserve after just three starts. They did re-sign Vigil, who had spent training camp with the team, and he played pretty well near the end of the season. If the front-line players can stay on the field for most of the season this should be a much better group than the one that was partially responsible for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing defense. 

2018 Inside linebacker outlook

Biggest upside: The 2017 season was supposed to be a redshirt year for Harvey-Clemons as he transitions from college safety to NFL linebacker. He played a lot in the base defense during the offseason practices and that indicates that they are considering him for a bigger role beyond just playing nickel. You have to wonder how his size (6-4, 230) will affect his ability to get off of blocks. 

Most to prove: Spaight was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and he has yet to establish a regular role in the defense. It was telling that when they needed someone to start in the latter part of last year they brought back and started Vigil and mostly kept Spaight is going into the last year of his contract, but it would not be surprising to see Vigil beat him out for the last roster spot.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to get Hamilton. It wasn’t a blockbuster deal but the fact that they thought enough of him to move up says something. Gruden has said that he thinks Hamilton could be a starter at some point. He was one of the leaders on a strong Alabama defense before injuries struck. Hamilton is not going to start this year barring multiple injuries, but he should develop a role as the season goes on and be ready to compete in 2019.

Bottom line: The Redskins have not invested much in terms of free agent dollars or draft capital in the inside linebacker position in recent seasons. That changed somewhat this offseason as they made sure to spend to retain Brown and Foster. Neither commanded a huge contract but they did make a commitment and that is important. Last year Brown gave the defense a sideline-to-sideline dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time and retaining him was critical. Inside linebacker may not be a major strength for the defense this year but it should be able to get the job done. 

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