The Redskins went 8-8 last season but that meant a last place finish in this division. They were also a poor 6-8-2 against the football odds.
Football odds at the sportsbook have the Redskins as 25-1 longshots to win the Super Bowl in 2009 although they probably should be higher. The Redskins did make a nice pickup by getting defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth but they still have a lot of issues, especially on offense. Instead of addressing those needs the Redskins took defensive end Brian Orakpo in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Washington was 28th in the league in scoring as football odds statistics indicate. Jason Campbell just was not consistent at quarterback and although Clinton Portis is an excellent running back, the Redskins don’t have enough offensive talent. Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Antwaan Randle El are not top receivers or breakaway threats. Sports betting information shows that it is unlikely that the Redskins are going to be any better on offense than they were a year ago.
Washington should have an excellent defense but how much will one player (Haynesworth) improve it? The Redskins were already a very solid 8th in the league in points allowed as football odds stats show. By adding Haynesworth and Orakpo, the Redskins should be able to stop the run and the Washington secondary is solid with LaRon Landry, Carls Rogers, DeAngelo Hall and Fred Smoot.
The Redskins definitely have a solid defense but their offense is weak. Unless Jason Campbell and avoid making mistakes and turn into an efficient NFL quarterback, the Redskins are likely to struggle again in 2009. Clinton Portis is not getting any younger and the Redskins have no big play threats on offense. The way to go with Washington in 2009 in football odds at the sportsbook might be with the total as their games could be low scoring.
When a team struggles on offense they need a great defense and a great kicker. The Redskins in 2008 had neither. They had a pretty good defense and a below average kicker. In 2009 they might have a very good defense but their kicking game is still weak which means they are likely to be a .500 team again in terms of football odds.