|NFL Wildcard Picks: Bettors Favor Redskins over Seahawks|
|Written by Michael Cash|
|Saturday, 05 January 2008 06:40|
Bettors Favor Redskins
The tragic shooting death of Redskin’s Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor was the lightning rod for the Washington Redskins as they saved their season by finishing up 4-0 to earn a playoff berth.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog opened the Seattle Seahawks as a -5.5 point spread favorites with an over/under of 40 total points. Behind 67% of the public money coming in on the road underdog, the current line is hovering around 3 points with not much movement on the total at 40.5.
The Seattle Seahawks are incredible at home, winning 42 of 52 at Qwest Field. These two teams met in 2005 when the Seahawks (at home) ended the Redskins playoff run with a 20-10 victory.
There will be a lot of pressure on Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in this one as he lacks a true #1 wide out and must make up for a 20th league ranked rushing attack as their run game has been lackluster since losing guard Steve Hutchinson to free agency and fullback Mack Strong to retirement.
Whether the Redskins can pull off the road upset will rely on the arm of 13-year veteran Todd Collins as our resident betting experts feel the Washington run game should be kept in check considering the Seahawks has not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season at Qwest Field. Collins has been everything Coach Gibbs could ask for making zero mistakes (5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions) since taking the helm.
Outside of their 52-7 massacre at the hands of the 16-0 New England Patriots, the Redskins did not lose one game by more than a touchdown all season. Despite Joe Gibbs being 9-0 against the spread as a playoff underdog of 7 points or less will believe the Seahawks four wide receiver passing attack will exploit a week Redskins secondary and win by double digits.
"The public may be wrong on this one." said Michael Cash, General Manager of TheSpread.com. "Despite the emotion factor, the Seahawks are incredibly strong at home."
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