NFL Wild Card Playoff Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins emerged out of the rubble that was the NFC East and captured the title, even though they were perhaps the longest shot of all coming into the season. With a sharp run at the end, they at least earned the championship, and thus they are able to host a post-season game, which they will against the Green Bay Packers in a scheduled 4:40 PM ET kickoff. Even after the opening whistle, BetAnySports patrons have the opportunity to test their skill against the NFL playoff odds in real time when they take advantage of the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.
The Redskins won and covered five of their last six games to end the season with a 9-7 straight-up record (also ATS), and they also played nine of their 16 games over the total (including the last four). The Packers are a wild card team, by virtue of their failure to beat the Minnesota Vikings last week, and they finished the season 10-6 straight-up and 9-7 against the football point spread.
It might be a little dramatic to say that these quarterbacks are going in different directions, but Kirk Cousins, the signal-caller for the Redskins, has been on a hot streak, throwing 14 touchdown passes with only one interception in his last six games. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers has gone seven games without throwing for 300 yards even once. That is a little out of character for the man who is the reigning Most Valuable Player in the league.
In the reduced juice NFL playoff odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Redskins are the slight favorites:
Washington Redskins -1 (+101)
Green Bay Packers +1 (-111)
Over 45.5 points -105
Under 45.5 points -105
Washington has a record of 6-2 at FedEx Field, and it probably should be 7-1, except for critical mistake by DeSean Jackson on a punt return against the Dallas Cowboys. But that’s all in the past, even though it bears mentioning that Cousins is a 74% passer at home with a ratio of 16 TDs to only two interceptions.
The assignment for the Packers is obviously to disrupt what the Redskins are able to do on offense, and one of the things that they need to concentrate on is making sure that Washington can’t sustain a running game. They have been inconsistent in this area all season long, but they had 146 yards at Dallas last week.
BetAnySports patrons know that Jordan Reed is a man to watch. Reed has been a key figure for the Redskins down the stretch, and the tight end leads the team with 87 receptions. Of course, Jackson might make some mistakes in the return game, but he has the ability to redeem himself with big plays; he averages 17.6 yards per catch on the season.
Green Bay has had all kinds of problems protecting Rodgers, giving up 14 sacks over the last two games. Injuries have greatly contributed to their difficulties, and it is extremely important that David Bakhtiari, the starting left tackle, not only suits up and plays, but is healthy enough to be effective. He has an ankle injury, and the late word on Saturday was that he would most likely be in the starting lineup. This teams rate of giving up sacks is much lower when he is in there.
Things don’t look particularly good for the Packers; you know something’s wrong when they lose three times in one season at Lambeau Field, and they have played three playoff teams on the road this season, losing by a combined 57 points.
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