2008 Season NFL Football Past Picks
December 14, 2008
Washington at Cincinnati
Sunday 12/14 01:00 PM Eastern
4 units on Cincinnati +7 (-110) (risk 4 to return 4) RESULT: WIN
The Redskins are in a fight for their playoff lives, and Cincinnati has nothing left to play for - except spoiler. Washington has not been able to beat any team this season by more than 8 points. Their seven wins have come by the narrowest of margins: 2, 3, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8. But it's a must win for them against a terrible team, right? Let's not forget that they have needed a win the last two weeks as well, and haven't been able to get it. After a 6-2 start, they have really slipped as they are now 1-4 in their last five games. Cincinnati hasn't done a lot on the season, but they rose as a 9-point underdog to Jacksonville at home and won the game outright. They gave the Eagles everything they could handle as a 9.5 point dog at home, finishing in a 13-13 tie. Washington's strength is on the ground, behind Clinton Portis. But, the Bengals have actually done well against the run, surprisingly ranked 11th in the league. The Eagles and Brian Westbrook managed just 68 yards rushing against Cincy, and had a full five quarters to do it in. The Redskins just haven't shown enough offense to put teams away all season. It seems that no matter who they play, if they get a win (even against the winless Lions), they have to struggle in the process. This is a lot of points to serve up to a team that hasn't proven all season long they are deserving of being a TD chalk. I'll grab the Bengals here to stay close.