NFL Picks: Redskins to Jump Off Losing Wagon vs. Cardinals

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1:38 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 1:38 PM GMT

The Redskins hung tough on Monday night against the defending Super Bowl champions yet ultimately fell while the Cardinals tasted defeat for the first time last week against the high flying Broncos but which team cashes in our NFL picks this Sunday?

Washington Redskins (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS)
The Redskins nearly got a push in NFL odds as seven-point home dogs Monday night but a Seattle field goal with under a minute to play proved to be a winner for those chalk eaters who took the World Champs in their NFL picks and gleefully celebrated the 27-17 victory. Perhaps it was more a combination of poor officiating and Seattle’s penchant for penalties that kept the ‘Skins from being blown out than any on-field heroics by the team. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins had a solid statistical night, 21-of-36 for 283 yards and two TD strikes but had the Seattle secondary held onto a few errant and ill-advised passes it could have been a completely different ball game.

Washington has now lost four of their first five games with their lone victory coming in Week 2 over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. Cousins is enjoying the new toy Washington brass bought when they wooed DeSean Jackson out of Philly and over to D.C. during the offseason. Jackson accounted for one of the two Redskin TD’s Monday night when Cousins launched a 60-yard strike to the streaking speed merchant. However the running game was never a factor against the stalwart defensive front of Seattle and amassed a total of only 32 yards on the ground.

 

Arizona Cardinals (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS)
The Cardinals first loss of the season hurt in more ways than one. Not only did they get thoroughly outclassed in Mile High by the score 41-20 but lost two of their defensive starters in star defensive end Calais Campbell and outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy. Campbell was chop blocked by Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and will land the indispensable defensive lineman on the sidelines for one to three weeks while Shaughnessy will be designated for the injured reserve list with cartilage damage to his knee. Not good news for a team that prides itself on defensive grit stopping the run, ranking first against the rush last year and fifth this season.

If the news wasn’t bad enough on the defensive side of the ball then consider that starting quarterback Drew Stanton left the game with a concussion caused by a ferocious blow to the side of his head. The Cardinals are now down to their third string quarterback Logan Thomas as Carson Palmer’s return is still a huge question mark. Who will be under center on Sunday when the Redbirds host the Redskins is anybody’s guess and it is not out of the realm of possibility that a freshly signed free agent may displace the rookie Thomas who looked bewildered by the Denver pass rush.

 

Free NFL Pick
This could be a tremendous opportunity for the Redskins to exploit the glaring weaknesses that currently riddle the Cardinals. As it stands the home team is currently installed as 3 ½ point betting favorites in NFL odds but as of this writing there are more offshores reluctant deal a line on this game than those that are stepping up to the plate uncertain of who will be chuckin’ for Arizona come game time.

Arizona’s key to success has been suffocating the rushing attack of their opponents but with two key injuries to their defense that will not be an automatic even against a Washington team that ranks 21st on the ground. However, it could be a golden opportunity for the talented Alfred Morris to break triple digits in rushing for the first time this season and keep the Arizona defense wondering. I like this spot for Washington and will absolutely include them as one of my free picks on Sunday.

NFL Picks: Washington +3 ½ at 5Dimes

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