Today’s ballgame is a big deal.
Given the way The Team has played, this year’s Washington Redskins have earned more than a measure of respect. In going to Kansas City & going toe-to-toe with the lone unbeaten Chiefs, nobody’s laughing at Washington anymore.
In fact, we have now entered a period where other teams around The League, opposing fans, and The Football Press stand to attention and respect this Redskins Team.
And most of all, the Vegas sportsbooks reflect this newfound respect. The current Gameday line has Washington as a an 11 Point Favorite in today’s matchup!
Why is that significant? There’s one simple reason for it: The Redskins are considered a Contender.
I know the 49ers are Winless. And everyone understands that The Skins are the superior team. Only a 9ers Diehard would quibble with that. And San Fran does travel east to play in the dreaded 1 o’clock window (the bane of West Coast teams)
Yup. All of that definitely comes into play.
But this week’s clash in DC (okay, PG County) is more meaningful than that. To me, this is the opening paragraph in the next phase of Washington’s ascension as a Football Power.
Are The Redskins ready to cream a cupcake? Or will they look past this hapless San Francisco team thinking about a Monday Night Showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles? In the past, this has been a nettlesome issue.
So has this Redskins Team matured past that? Today’s game will give us our answer.
I do not think The Redskins will suffer a letdown today. But I am also unsure of this team covering such a lofty point spread.
For all of my thoughts on this particular matchup, I offer you this forum post on ExtremeSkins (the prediction thread)
And that’s my take on this matchup.
Of course I’ve got The Washington Redskins Winning the ballgame. But are they ready to be that team that covers inflated spreads like this one?
That I don’t know. But Washington Prevails
San Francisco 16 ✓
The Monday Night clash in Philly for 1st Place(!) is next on the list.