Packers vs. Redskins NFL Odds & Betting Preview

Posted by Eric Williams on January 7, 2016 in

The Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers will both look to take the next step toward what they both hope will be an appearance in Super Bowl 50 when they square off in their opening round NFC Wild Card game on Sunday at 4:40 PM ET, live from FedEx Field in the Landover, Maryland. If you’re looking to cash in on this intriguing pairing, then you’re going to love the NFL expert betting analysis and accompanying free pick that you’re about to get! With that said and game day quickly approaching, let’s get started.

How To Bet The Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins NFL Wild Card Odds & TV Info

When: 4:40 PM ET, Sunday, January 10, 2016
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
NFL Odds: Washington -1
O/U: 45.5

Oddsmakers currently have the Redskins listed as 1-point favorites versus the Packers, after opening as a Pick ‘Em. If you want to bet the Over/Under, the game’s total is sitting at 45.5 points after opening at 46.5.

Why Bet The Green Bay Packers Odds at +1

Green Bay (10-6 SU, 9-7 ATS) has struggled mightily down the stretch, losing two straight to close out the regular season while dropping a surprising six of their last nine games overall. Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company have been held to a stunning 13 points or less in each of their last two games while scoring 16 points or less in five of their six losses.

Still, the Packers have arguably the game’s best quarterback in Rodgers and that alone makes the Packers worthy of a wager in this contest if you ask me. Green Bay finished a modest 15th in scoring (23.0 ppg) while ranking either in the middle or bottom third in every meaningful offensive statistical category.

Rodgers has completed 60.7 percent of his passes with 31 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. Green Bay’s rushing attack has suffered a lot this season as bruising back Eddie Lacey led the team with ‘just’ 758 yards after topping the 1,000-yard plateau a year ago.

Defensively, the Packers defense rank a respectable 12th in points allowed (20.2 ppg), but finished just 21st against the run.

Will Kirk Cousins be able to get through the Packers killer defense.

Why Bet The Washington Redskins Odds at -1

The best reason to back the Redskins (9-7 SU, 9-7 ATS) in this contest is the fact that Washington is playing at home where they’ve gone 6-2 SU and 5-3 ATS this season. Another reason that Washington looks like a solid pick in this wild card contest is the fact that they’re playing excellent football right now, having won each of their final four regular season contests while covering the NFL betting line each time out.

The Redskins finished the regular season ranked 10th in scoring (24.2 ppg) as quarterback Kirk Cousins led a passing attack that ranked 11th overall (255.9 ypg) by completing a blistering 69.8 percent of his passes with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while adding five rushing touchdowns for good measure.

Veteran running back Alfred Morris leads the Redskins rushing attack with 751 yards and blossoming tight end Jordan Reed led the Skins in receptions with 87 catches including 11 for touchdowns.

Defensively, Washington allowed 23.7 points per game to rank 17th while finishing an uninspiring 25th against the pass and 26th against the run.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

A surprising 52 percent of the betting public likes Washington to get the home win and ATS cover, but I don’t! In spite of their winning ways recently, Washington’s defense is really mediocre against both, the pass and run – and I expect Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ banged-up offense to take full advantage of that fact.

In addition to that, I also don’t think Washington’s Jay Gruden belongs in the same class of head coaches as Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy and that the latter will throw some kind of wrinkle into his game plan that gives the Packers a better chance of winning this game outright. Washington has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games against their NFC counterparts and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games, but the Skins are also just 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following an ATS win.

Conversely, Green Bay has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five playoff road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 playoff games and an identical 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Last but not least, the Packers are 4-1- ATS in their last six games against Washington.

Green Bay may not be good enough to beat elite teams like Arizona or Seattle, but they’re the right pick to take down Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins. You like that?

My Final score prediction: Green Bay 28 Washington 24