Seahawks-Redskins MNF Point Spread Preview & Score Prediction
The Washington Redskins put forth one of the most abysmal performances of the season last week when they were trashed 45-14 by the New York Giants. That’s not even the worst news. The really bad news? The defending champion, Seattle Seahawks are about set to pay a visit to FedEx Field. The oddsmakers have reacted, and they have made them 7.5-point underdogs on the NFL odds, while the ‘total’ has been set at 45.5.
SEAHAWKS – REDSKINS MONDAY NIGHT WEEK 5 LINE:
1. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: Head Coach Pete Carroll and his defense have to be laughing right now at what they see out of the Redskins. Their offensive line is perilously thin, their receiving corps outside of WR DeSean Jackson is laughable, and QB Kirk Cousins is coming off of a game in which he turned the ball over five times against a team that just flat out isn’t all that great defensively.
If Seattle can hold onto the football and not turn it over, there’s no reason not to think that this won’t be an easy one for the visitors even though they have to fly across the country for this one.
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2. Why the REDSKINS will cover the spread: It’s a lot of points. That’s not all that we can say for the Redskins, but that’s the best part about what we can say for them. Cousins absolutely cannot play as badly as he did last week against the Giants, and just that alone should swing at least two or three touchdowns. On top of that, this isn’t the same Washington team that we saw take the field against the G-Men.
TE Jordan Reed will be back, and both OT Trent Williams and TE Niles Paul, both of which left that game early against New York, should be back in the lineup. Give Cousins a little more protection and a few more big targets to throw the ball to, and we might have ourselves a different story on our hands than the one that most figure will be told on Monday Night Football.
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3. Total Talk: You think of Seattle as a team which plays all these games into the 30s or so, but that just hasn’t been the case of late. The offense has scored at least 21 in seven straight games dating back to the end of last season, and the team has played three out of four ‘overs’ as a result.
All four games have gotten to at least 46 points, and that would be enough to beat the number in this one. The ‘Skins have played two straight ‘over’ contests after playing two ‘unders’ to start off the year.
4. Betting Trends for Seahawks/Redskins: The Seahawks have failed to cover each of their last two games when they have played on the road off of their bye week. Washington though, only went 1-6 SU and ATS last season against playoff teams, and we have to assume that the Seahawks are once again going to be headed back to the postseason in 2014.
Seahawks 30 – Redskins 10