NFL betting handicappers don’t know what to make of the inconsistent Washington Redskins after their football betting payout last week at Philadelphia.
Washington will host Green Bay on Sunday with a FOX telecast scheduled for 1:05 PM and an opening line at Sports-Gambling of Green Bay -2.5.
The Green Bay Packers have a record of 3-1 straight up and 2-2 with the NFL odds after a sloppy 28-26 win last week over the winless Detroit Lions in which they never were a threat to cover as 14.5 point favorites. Green Bay is feeling the loss of number one running back Ryan Grant, who is out for the year with an ankle injury.
The Pack ranks 22nd for rushing yardage and the passing attack has suffered as a result and dropped to 14th. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a QB rating of 96.3 but a so-so 8/5 touchdown/interception ratio. Special teams cost Green Bay a game at Chicago and remain erratic.
The Washington Redskins have a record of 2-2 both straight up and with the football odds. The Redskins won quarterback Donovan McNabb’s homecoming return to Philadelphia last week 17-12 as they covered the spread as 5 point dogs.
McNabb has a QB rating of 84.7 as running back Clinton Portis has been the main offensive weapon with 195 yards rushing. The defense has been bad and ranks 31st in the NFL.
Green Bay impressed handicappers and the media with their impressive 2-0 start but has quickly returned to earth and Rodgers has not looked like a video game quarterback since Grant went down as the burden now falls squarely on his shoulders.
In addition to that the special teams have bordered on nightmare status and will continue to cost gamblers money throughout the season unless an unforeseen improvement takes place. The defense has been chewed up on the ground and ranks a poor 24th which is another problem.
All of a sudden the Pack looks mortal and not at all a lock for Super Sunday. The big question for Washington is when their Mike Shanahan offense will finally start to click.