Redskins Super Bowl Odds
Washington Redskins 60/1
The Redskins were the real big surprise winners of the NFC East this season and they have no easy task in the Wild Card round facing the Green Bay Packers.
Still, they ended the season winning their last 4 games, so they have a ton of confidence, Kirk Cousins has had a great season, and nobody expects much of them.
That last point is dangerous.
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Here are 5 reasons the Washington Redskins can win the Super Bowl.
1. Low expectations –
I mean the Redskins were picked to finish last in the NFC East and they ended up winning the division. They are major long-shot odds to win the Super Bowl and that plays to their favor.
Even at home in the Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers they are the underdogs, so there is no pressure on them.
They will play free and that is dangerous with Cousins and a passing attack that has been on fire the last few games and on top of that the run has started to come around.
2. Run Redskins Run –
Alfred Morris has suffered through a tough season and while Cousins has been the catalyst of the offense the run game has been solid as of late.
Morris rushed for over 100 yards in the season finale and that is a major issue for the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card game, as they gave up 151 rushing yards in their loss at home to the Vikings.
Teams will concentrate on containing Cousins and that will give Morris and the Redskins rushing game a lot of room to find holes and pick up big yards, which they have been doing as of late.
3. No lack of big-time weapons –
TE Jordan Reed led the Skins in receiving yards and TD this season and while he has established himself as a big play guy Cousins has not lack of options.
Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder are the 2nd and 3rd leading receivers this season and DeSean Jackson still had a legit season even though he missed much of it with a hamstring injury.
Opposing pass defenses will have their hands full with the many guys for Washington that can make big plays.
4. Making plays on D when it counts –
OK, so the Redskins only ranked 25th in the league in pass defense and 26th in run defense, but they ranked a solid 9th when it comes to 3rd down defense.
On top of that they had a +5 turnovers margin on the season and tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries.
5. That guy under center –
Cousins was drafted to sit behind Robert Griffin III, but ended up taking his job and in his first season as a starter he passed for 4,166 yards with 29 TD and 11 INT.
He finished the season playing great and in the last 3 games he had 11 TD and 0 INT.
On top of that while he is not the most mobile of QB’s he was sacked, on average, less than 2 times per game, so he has had to time to find his targets, which he has done this season and especially as of late.
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