A pair of struggling and disappointed teams will square off in D.C. Sunday afternoon – trying to build some optimism before heading into the off-season. Big hopes were prevalent in the pre-season training camps for both the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins, but mistakes, injuries, and underperforming stars have all contributed to stain their respective seasons.
Though little can be gained from a win in an otherwise meaningless encounter, the beauty of the NFL is such that there will always be money to be made – and this contest is no different. The Redskins enter as slight home favourites on Sunday afternoon, and it will be interesting to see their inconsistent – but high-powered offensive attack take on the defensively-inclined Broncos. It should make for a nice clash of styles and good viewing as well. With that said, please continue to read on below the odds and enjoy more game analysis and a betting prediction for Washington and Denver. Enjoy Week 16!
Broncos vs. Redskins Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos +3 (+100)
@ Washington Redskins -3 (-120)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Broncos vs. Redskins Pick:
Oddly, the last time out for Washington – they struggled offensively against the Cardinals of all teams. A lot of that can be attributed to the absence of Trent Williams on the Washington offensive line. The ‘Skins struggled to block for Cousins, and as a result – he had little time and space to operate. Early reports would indicate that Williams will be back in the mix for Washington this week and that will serve as a huge boon to the Washington attack.
The Broncos have a pretty elite defense, but do have areas in which the Redskins are well-built to exploit. They have struggled all season to defend the tight end position, or pass-catching running backs. This can mostly be attributed to some brutal linebacker play in 2017, and the Redskins should be able to take advantage on Sunday. Vernon Davis has had a renaissance season in a Washington offense that is well-built to prop up the tight end position, and he should be able to do some damage on Sunday. Cousins will need to be solid through the air, as the Broncos do an excellent job of bottling up the running game. If he gets adequate protection and Morgan Moses can equal Von Miller – I like Cousins and Jamison Crowder hooking up downfield for some big plays.
Where I really foresee a big advantage for Washington in this one – is when their defense takes the field against any of the awful QB’s Denver wants to trot out. Too much is being made about Brock Osweiler’s miracle performance against the Colts. He’s not good and won’t be good. And still, there are preliminary reports throughout the week that Paxton Lynch will instead be featured under centre come Sunday. Not only are both of these options terrible, the lack of consistency at such a crucial position has been tough for the Broncos to navigate.
In the secondary there won’t be any room for Lynch to find receivers downfield. This isn’t Indianapolis – Washington boasts a strong collection of corners within their secondary and Demaryius Thomas will be completely negated by the talented Josh Norman.
It also doesn’t help that neither of these already bad quarterbacks needs to be protected by an equally awful offensive line. Yes, they are badly depleted but they’ve managed to offer up some pretty poor blocking in recent weeks. They’ll be without Ronald Leary this week and as a result will likely have a low-level backup player going against Ryan Kerrigan on the right side. That’s bad news for Paxton Lynch and the time he’ll have to see his downfield receivers.
Washingotn is a much better team than Denver and that’s why this spread confused me more than any other from Week 16. At home, this is a team that will want to close out their disappointing season on a relatively good note in front of some demanding fans, and I think they’ll take advantage of an early start time on the east coast against a Broncos squad flying across the country. Only having to lay a field goal with the better team on their homefield always seems like a winning proposition.
This line dropped in favour of Denver after they pounded the Colts – which seems silly. Washington has faced a much tougher schedule all season, and I’d expect a healthier Redskins team to make easy work of a bad, and depleted Denver Broncos group. Look for Washington roll large here in Week 16.
PICK = Redskins -3 (-120)