2016 NFL Playoff Odds - Wild Card - Packers vs. Redskins Betting Odds Preview
In a matchup featuring a team that everyone expected in the playoffs vs. a team that virtually nobody expected The Green Bay Packers and The Washington Redskins face off in the last of this weekends Wild Card games on Sunday afternoon. The Packers are a perennial playoff team but due to some struggles this season, especially on the offensive line they just squeaked into the playoffs and will have to play this game on the road. The Redskins came into the season with low expectations and ended up winning the NFC East while earning the right to host this game.
The Redskins initially intended to start quarterback Robert Griffin III but he suffered a concussion early in the preseason and Kirk Cousins was named the starter and he never relinquished his position. He had an unexpected spectacular season with 4,166 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and a 101.6 passer rating. The most impressive stat was his league leading 69.8 completion percentage which helped may Gruden’s precision passing offense click. He also did most of this with a poor running game that was 20th in the league. The team has won 4 straight to end the regular season during which Cousins threw 12 touchdowns and only one interception while passing for over 300 yards 3 of those 4 times. His top target over the last 4 games and for the majority of the season has been tight end Jordan Reed who finished with 11 touchdowns with 5 of them coming over the final 4 games. The Washington defense is amongst the worst in the NFL in all but one major category, forced turnovers. Teams are able to move the ball on them but they were able to produce 26 takeaways.
The Redskins defense will attempt to create turnovers against a Packers offense that committed only 17 turnovers all season long. 3 of quarterback Aaron Rogers 8 interceptions came over the last 3 games in which the offensive line was depleted due to injury forcing him into some tough throws. The Packers did have their 7th straight winning season but did not win their division following the last two games of the season in which they were blown out badly by the Cardinals and then suffered a loss to the division rival Vikings on the seasons last day. Rogers lost top wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the preseason and that had a great effect on fellow top target Randall Cobb who has struggled with constant double teams. Wide receiver James Jones was signed late in training camp and started the season on fire but has slowed in the second half. The running game has been incredibly inconsistent all season as Eddie Lacy was unproductive all season long. Backup running back James Starks was good in stretches but a lot of that comes as a pass catcher and the team will need to find some kind of running game to take the pressure off Rogers. Either way it should be a highly competitive to end wild card weekend
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