The Washington Redskins may have found a potential star when athletically-gifted quarterback Dwayne Haskins surprisingly fell into their laps at No. 15 after the New York Giants foolishly passed on the former Ohio State signal-caller with the sixth overall pick.
Still, the Skins have questions on both sides of the ball that they’re looking to answer as the current offseason inches toward the start of preseason action and there are a bunch of things you need to know about Washington before they take to the field for the 2019 NFL regular season.
Washington Redskins 2019 NFL Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 7-9 (W-L) / 9-7-0 (ATS) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 5-3-0 (Away) / 8-5-0 (Grass) / 1-2-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-9-0 (W-L) / 4-4-0 (Home) / 3-5-0 (Away) / 5-8-0 (Grass) / 2-1-0 (Turf) / 40.0 (Total)
- Total Yards: 299.7 / Rank 28
- Passing Yards: 188.8 / Rank 28
- Rushing Yards: 110.9 /Rank 17
- Points Scored: 17.6 / Rank 29
- Field Goal %: 89.7 / Rank 9
The Redskins closed out the 2018 regular season ranked a pitiful 28th overall, an identical 28th in passing, a modest 17th in rushing and an awful 29th in scoring (17.6 ppg). To address their needs on the offensive side of the ball, the Skins re-signed veteran running back Adrian Peterson. More importantly, Washington got arguably the steal of the 2019 NFL draft when former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The Skins added to their desire to overhaul their offense by selecting Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin in the third round, Stanford running back Bryce Love in the fourth round and a pair of guards in Indiana’s Wes Martin and Alabama’s Ross Pierschbacher in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively.
- Total Yards: 353.4 / Rank 17
- Passing Yards: 237.1 / Rank 15
- Rushing Yards: 116.2 /Rank 17
- Points Allowed: 22.4 / Rank 15
- Field Goal %: 80.8 / Rank 9
Washington finished last season ranked a middling 17th in total defense, 15th against the pass, 17th against the run and 15th in points allowed (22.4 ppg). To address their needs on the defensive side of the ball Washington signed former Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins and former Raiders cornerback Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency while selecting Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat with the 26th overall pick in the NFL draft.
- Touchdowns: Adrian Peterson (8)
- Rushing: Adrian Peterson (1042)
- Passing: Alex Smith (2180)
- Receiving: Jordan Reed (558)
- Sacks: Ryan Kerrigan (13.0)
- Interceptions: D.J. Swaeringer Sr. (4)
Last season, veteran running back Adrian Peterson beat down Father Time once again by scoring a team-high eight touchdowns while putting up a team-high 1,042 rushing yards in his 12th season. Veteran quarterback Alex Smith passed for a team-high 2,180 yards despite being limited to just 10 games before suffering a torn ACL. Veteran tight end Jordan reed put up a team-high 558 receiving yards, illustrating Washington’s passing woes perfectly. Veteran linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recorded a team-high 13 sacks while veteran safety D.J. Swearinger Sr. led the team in interceptions with a career-high tying four.
While I love Washington’s draft night steal of Dwayne Haskins and believe he is going to turn into a star at some point in the near future, I’m also thinking the Skins are going to be hard-pressed to eclipse .500 in 2019. In addition to their six tough matchups against their NFC East counterparts, Washington also has a ton of other challenging non-division contests against the likes of teams like Chicago, New England, Minnesota, Carolina and Green Bay. Washington has a bunch of question marks on both sides of the ball and the NFC is loaded with legitimate title contenders. Right now, I’m thinking it will take a minor miracle for Washington to reach 8-8 in 2019.