NFL Picks: Take Redskins Regardless of Center on Field vs. Vikings

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 6:34 PM UTC

Something is going to have to give when Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings collide in week 9 NFL betting as both looking to extend their winning form. Join us as we preview this clash and serve up NFL picks that you can take to an online sportsbook of your choice.

Washington Redskins (3-5, 1-2 away)
Washington Redskins are sat fourth in the NFC East, propping up the division with a 3-5 SU record overall. However, they boast the longest winning streak of the field. Talk about juxtaposition, if ever there was one. The Redskins are behind a two-game winning streak, which includes wins over Tennessee Titans and Dallas Cowboys. Given their current form, there’s a chance the Redskin could close the gap on the rest of the NFC East teams.

Both victories were narrow and both came behind third-string quarterback Colt McCoy to boot. Last week’s NFC East battle pit the Redskins against a hot Cowboys riding a six-game winning streak. It marked Colt McCoy’s first start of the season – in week  7 NFL betting, McCoy stepped in for a benched Kirk Cousins to lead the Redskins to the 19-17 victory. McCoy went 25-of-30 passes for 299 yards and just one interception. He led the Redskins to field goal range to clinch the pivotal, eyebrow-raising 20-17 victory in overtime and, in turn, stun NFL betting markets as the Redskins covered as the 9.5-point underdogs. Alas, it could be his last start of the season if RGIII returns to the fold for week 9’s clash with the Minnesota Vikings.

Overall, the Redskins provide good reading by the numbers. They are 5th in the league in passing offense with 289.5 yards per game and 19th in rushing offense with 102.4 yards per game. As well, they rank 7th and 15th in passing and rushing defense respectively. Yet, they are under .500 for the season after eight weeks, which just goes to show how subjective the numbers really are.


Minnesota Vikings (3-5, 1-2 home)
Vikings got a much needed confidence boost behind a 19-13 overtime win in Tampa Bay at the weekend, marking their second road win of the season but first behind rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Vikings return home after splitting a two-game road stretch – they lost to the Bills in week 7 NFL betting narrowly 17-16. In their second straight road game, Bridgewater was more concentrated going 24-of-42 for 241 yards and a touchdown. Importantly, he had no interceptions in what was his fourth career start for the Vikings. That said it was special teams and defense that won the game as a field goal saw them level and a Bucs fumble, which Anthony Barr scooped up to run for a touchdown, gave them the overtime victory.

Overall, Bridgewater is 2-2 on the season with the Vikings, which includes beating the Falcons in his first start 41-28. The pressure on the rookie is mounting as the season goes deeper. Since his first start inspired TFC Bank Stadium to deliriously chant his name, he’s not shined as brightly. Overall, the Vikings are 31st in passing offense with just 190.3 yards per game and 11th in rushing offense with 121.8 yards per game. Defensively, they are 4th against the pass with 212.1 yards per game allowed and 17th against the rush with 111.6 yards per game allowed.


NFL Betting Analysis
They Vikings have yet to string together a winning streak this season. And the pressure couldn’t be greater as they look to secure a second straight home win behind Teddy Bridgewater and second straight win in a row this season. Everything hinges on which quarterback starts for the Washington Redskins, or so it is according to the NFL betting markets that have temporarily taken this game off the board. When the early lines opened, the game was set to a 1.0-point spread in favour of the Redskins. With word RGIII could potentially start on Sunday, the spread is sure to swell in proportion to his perceived NFL betting stock.

Colt McCoy or RGIII to start? It doesn’t change our NFL pick because we like the Redskins regardless of which center they field on the road. Redskins are riding the momentum of a two-game winning streak and with solid play from their third-string quarterback over the last two weeks, they go into week 9 NFL betting with a measure of optimism. Let’s face it, the Vikings hardly strike an imposing figure with two wins in their last five games, not to mention McCoy vs. Bridgewater is hardly a heavyweight battle either.

Bridgewater set the bar very high with his opening win over the Falcons in week 4 NFL betting, almost too high to replicate it would seem. He’s struggled since under the burden of expectation and we expect those struggles to continue as he comes up against a pretty solid Redskins side on both sides of the ball despite their 3-5 SU mark.

NFL Picks: Redskins -1.0

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