Washington Redskins 2018 Breakdown

The 2018 Washington Professional Football Team will look very different from the 2017 team. A change behind center, has Washington with a new plan.

Odds: 

NFC EAST DIVISION WINNERS: +750 (Bovada)

NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +4000 (Bovada)

SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +7500 (Bovada)

Team Win Total: O/U 7 (Westgate)

Schedule: 

Week 1 @ Arizona (+1)                                      Week 9 vs Atlanta (+2.5)

Week 2 vs. Indianapolis (-3)                             Week 10 @ Tampa Bay (+3.5)

Week 3 vs. Green Bay (+3)                                Week 11 vs. Houston (+3)

Week 4 BYE WEEK                                             Week 12 @ Dallas (+6)

Week 5 @ New Orleans (+7.5)                         Week 13 @ Philadelphia (+7.5)

Week 6 vs. Carolina (-1)                                    Week 14 vs. New York (Giants) (-1.5)

Week 7 vs. Dallas (-1)                                        Week 15 @ Jacksonville (+8)

Week 8 @ New York (Giants) (+3.5)               Week 16 @ Tennessee (+5.5)

Week 17 vs. Philadelphia (N/A)

Schedule Outlook

Of the 15 games with current odds, the Redskins are favored in only four of those games and will likely not be favored in week 17. They will be challenged with the early bye week and continue with 13 straight games. Washington Faithful may be in for a rough season.

Key Team Additions and Subtractions 

Additions – QB Alex Smith, WR Paul Richardson, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Zach Brown, CB Orlando Scandrick

Subtractions – QB Kirk Cousins, WR Ryan Grant, WR Terrelle Pryor, G/C Spencer Long, CB Breshaun Breeland and Kendall Fuller

Draft – DT Da’Ron Payne, RB Derrius Guice, OT Geron Christian, S Troy Apke, DT Tim Settle, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton, WR Trey Quinn

Offense

The Offense will look completely different starting with their new quarterback. Alex Smith manages games extremely well. Smith takes care of the ball and rarely turns it over. Last year was by far his best season with a career high in touchdowns and passing yards, he also matched his career low in interceptions. If he produces similar numbers, the Redskins could snag a few unexpected wins.

The Redskins backfield will operate mainly around rookie Derrius Guice and Samaji Perine. Chris Thompson will see a small share of touch but will mostly used in the passing game. Guice could end up being the steal of the draft, his stock fell because of off the field issues, but he has top end talent. The ‘Skins should have no problem rushing the ball with this tandem.

Jamison Crowder will return as the teams receiving leader (789). Adding Paul Richardson to pair with Crowder should give Smith a nice pair to throw to. If healthy, Jordan Reed is a top five tightend, IF*. Vernon Davis will be back from a solid year. This receiving core should improve from last season.

The offensive line wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. This team will need to open up better run gaps this year to help balance their offense. This team can’t rely on playing behind and having Smith slinging the ball all game. The pass blocking is better than the run blocking but the ‘Skins will want to rely more on Perine and Guice this season.

Defense

Last year Washington was dead last in rushing yards allowing 2146. Drafting a heavy body to plug the gap was their top priority. Da’Ron Payne will likely come in and fill the nose tackle immediately. Washington is hoping Jonathan Allen takes a huge step forward, the defensive end did not live up to his high draft stock from last year.

Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith are back for another year but Trent Murphy and Junior Galette are gone. Zach Brown will man the inside spot and will be looking for a running mate. If the line can stop some of the action the linebackers faced last year, it should allow the backers to be more effective.

The secondary returns Josh Norman and added Orlando Scandrick to pair. Second year safeties Montae Nicholson and Fabian Moreau should be able to continue their growth after a year of being in the system.

Special Teams

Dustin Hopkins was rewarded with a new contract because he was a dead eye within 40 yards.  Outside of a lone extra point didnt miss inside 40 yards. Bashaud Breeland handled most returns, however Chris Thompson will likely take control of that role this year. This team will need their return unit to step up in a big way this season.

Outlook

The Redskins should be a more competitive group this year, their logic was addition by subtraction. Fixing their defensive line and adding the veteran presence of Alex Smith will be huge boost. Derrius Guice has a  shot at winning Offensive Rookie of the Year. Overall the team looks better, but may need another year for all the pieces to gel. Don’t be surprised if this team has 10 wins at the end of the year and misses the playoffs.

Plays – 

Week 1 (-110) Moneyline

If the ‘Skins have any shot at the playoffs, they will need to go 2-1 to start the year. Look for them to snag a road win against a team who will also have a entirely new look.

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