The other NFC Wild Card game will feature a tale of two teams headed in two different directions as the Green Bay Packers travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Redskins.
The Packers started the season 6-0 with Aaron Rodgers laying waste to all opposing defenses. They closed the season losing six of ten and lost back-to-back games to end the season. Green Bay’s week 17 loss to the Vikings may have been what this team needed to get past Wild Card Weekend. A win would have forced the Packers to host the deadly Seahawks.
This game kicks off on FOX this Sunday, January 10th at 4:40 PM ET from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Green Bay Packers at Washington NFC Wild Card Odds
The NFL NFC Wild Card betting odds favors Washington by 1.5-points to beat Green Bay. If you are betting the money line straight up, the Packers pay even money and the Redskins pays 100 on 120. The game total is at 45 points.
What: NFC Wild Card Game
Who: Green Bay Packers (10-6) at Washington (9-7)
When: Sunday, January 10, 2016,
Kickoff: 4:40 PM ET
Where: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
Spread: Washington -1.5
Moneyline: Gren Bay +100 vs Washington -120
Game Total: 46.5
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Green Bay vs Washington
Why Bet On The Green Bay Packers NFC Wild Card Odds at +1.5 Over The Redskins
You never bet against the Green Bay Packers in a December game with Aaron Rodgers under center. However only if one of any of the three things happens: Eddie Lacy breaks tackles and rumbles, the Packers O-line spends more time on their feet than ass or Cobb, James & Co play possessed.
Rodgers, the Super Bowl-winning, two-time league MVP, was sacked 46 times in 16 games. That is the third-highest total since he became the Green Bay Packers’ starter in 2008. Only Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (51 sacks) was dropped more than Rodgers this season.
Rodgers was sacked 13 times in the final two weeks of the season.
Here’s a look at Rodgers’ key numbers this season and where they rank in his eight years as a starter:
Completion percentage: 60.7 (lowest, previous low 63.6 in 2008)
Yards per attempt: 6.7 (lowest, previous low 7.5 in 2008)
Passer rating: 92.7 (lowest, previous low 93.8 in 2008)
Touchdowns: 31 (fourth most)
Interceptions: 8 (tied for fifth fewest)
Passing yards: 3,821 (seventh, only season lower was 2013 when he missed seven starts)
Wins: 10 (tied for fifth most)
Even if Rodgers didn’t have his best season, he still threw 31 touchdowns, just five fewer than the NFL leader Tom Brady. Rodgers had only eight interceptions in the regular season; proof that Green Bay won’t lose because of his mistakes.
“I think there’s a belief in there, but we’ve got to prove it to ourselves. We can go on a run, but it’s going to start with a good performance in Washington. And then hopefully we’ll be able to talk about the next opportunity", Rodgers said.
What will be the Packers secret sauce if they want to win this NFC Wild Card game?
The aforementioned needs to play Eddie Lacy up to his top billing talent. He is the only SINGLE Packer that can change the fortunes of this team. A strong rush attack on the opening drive will force the Redskins front seven to cover the line, relieving some of the pressure from the Packers ball catchers who can’t beat tight man coverage. If Lacy can penetrate past Washington’s front seven, that will then force the Redskins’ defensive backs to cheat, prying open more space for the Packers’ WRs.
Washington has the 25th ranked passing defense in the NFL, allowing close to 258 passing yards per game.
Why Bet On The Washington Redskins NFC Wild Card Odds at -1.5 Over The Packers
Washington’s success also falls to the team’s quarterback.
Since coach Jay Gruden relegated RGIII to the running opposition plays during practice and put QB Kirk Cousins in firm and complete charge of leading the Washington offense on the field this team has turned into the league’s darling despite of the team’s obviously dated team name.
Cousins’ numbers at home this season speak for themselves. He completed nearly 75 percent of his passes at FedEx Field for 2,170 yards with 16 touchdowns and only two interceptions. In his last six games overall, three at home and three on the road, he had 14 touchdowns and one pick, with Washington winning five times.
“We obviously felt good about the last three weeks, winning three straight. We didn’t want to go into the playoffs having broken that streak. So to put together now four straight in the fourth quarter of the season is important. And now it’s so crucial to keep that momentum going and to carry that rhythm into what will be the biggest game of the year”, Cousins told the Guardian.
The Packers D have allowed 26.0 points per game in their last three while the Redskins are scoring 26.0 PPG at FedEx Field all season long. While for the mathematician it may look even on paper, Green Bay would rank 26th in the league in PPG allowed for the season with 26.0. Washington’s 26.0 points scored per game at FedEx ranks them at squarely in the top 5 scoring offenses in the league. That’s a big deal.
Betting Trends & Stats Related To This Matchup:
- The Green Bay Packers has a profitable 9-7, +130 ATS record.
- The Washington Redskins have generated a profit against the spread going 9-7, +130 ATS.
- Washington Redskins games have gone over more than under with an O-U record of 9-7.
- The Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games.
- The Packers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 playoff games.
- Washington is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- The Packers are averaging 23 over their past 16 games.
- The Washington Redskins are averaging 24.2 in that same time period.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
This is the seventh consecutive year for Green Bay in the playoffs. The last time the Packers opened on the road as a wild card, they went on to win the Super Bowl. Washington can’t beat that kind of experience. Bet the Packers at even money to win by a hair.
My final score prediction is Green Bay 21, Washington 20.