The Washington Redskins finished the regular season flying high winning their last four games en route to clinching the NFC East. At 9-7 they will host the 10-6 Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon. Washington enters the game as a one point underdog, after entering the week as a two point favorite. Why the change in the line?
“This is one of the more intriguing games from not only a point spread perspective but even the X’s and O’s side of things,” said Todd Furhman Sportsline.com analyst on CBS Sports Radio’s DA Show. “You look at Washington’s resume and it’s clearly devoid of a win against a team with a winning record. 0-3 against those opponents, a beneficiary of a pretty soft schedule. I don’t want to take anything away from what Gruden and Kirk Cousins have accomplished this year, but it’s a much different task when you head into the postseason with expectations heaped on your shoulders, everyone wants to jump off the Green Bay bandwagon, myself included. But, teams that have won four games or fewer the previous season who go into the postseason the next year? 1-16 against the spread, it says there’s a price to be paid for experience and the Packers have a lot more going for them in this particular game than Washington.”
So, because the Redskins won just 4 games last season they aren’t experienced enough to be able to win in the postseason? Can that really be the case?
“Yep, it’s one of those trends, and typically I don’t like to buy into these trends because you can find a trend to support any angle. But, it speaks to the fact that Washington doesn’t have the same level of experience in this particular spot, Green Bay’s been here and done that,” said Fuhrman. “For all the malaise late in the season, this is still a ten win football team capable of going on a run if they are able to figure out some of their issues.”
The Packers and Redskins will kick off the final game of Wild Card weekend on Sunday at 4:40 pm on FOX.