NFL Betting Preview: Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals Sportsbook Lines
NFL gambling sites may not have great expectations for the Washington Redskins. (Or for the Arizona Cardinals for that matter. This Week 1 matchup is a pick’em). However, Skins head coach Jay Gruden believes expectations should be high, given the team’s wealth of talent. “I felt pressure the moment I signed the contract,” Gruden said. “I understand the expectations are high. We’ve put ourselves in position that it should be high, given the talent on this team.” Gruden has coached the Redskins for five seasons. The Redskins have missed the playoffs the last two seasons. On the one hand, Gruden has held his job longer than any other coach under owner Dan Snyder, on the other hand, he has held his job longer than any other coach under owner Dan Snyder. Which leads one to think he may be on borrowed time, unless he can deliver.
“We do need to produce, without a doubt,” Gruden added. “It’s a production-based business, without a doubt. Every NFL head coach knows that’s the deal, whether you’re in your first year, fifth year, 10th year or in the Hall of Fame. You’ve got to win.” Well, you might as well start with the Cards. Which would be a nice change of pace. The Redskins have lost their last two trips to Arizona, in 2014 and 2016. The Skins are 1-2 against the Cardinals under Gruden. And 1-1 with Kirk Cousins as a full-fledged starter. Of course the latter is gone to Minnesota.
Speaking of which, Alex Smith. Comparisons are hateful but inevitable. The good news is that Smith is being compared positively to Cousins. “I don’t think Kirk would have found that hole.” That was one fan’s comment when Smith turned a routine pass play into a 50-yard scramble for a TD during practice. But that fan wasn’t quite correct. Kirk did found a hole. Minnesota, anybody? Nah, just kidding.
And speaking of QBs and Minnesota, Sam Bradford. According to ESPN. Bradford has stopped thinking the knee he tore in 2017. Do you think he by any chance had a heart-to-heart with Queen Latifah? He went like, “What if my knee goes out on me? What if I can’t play anymore? Who would I be without football?” And she said, “Sam Bradford. You’ll still be you. Football is what you do. It’s not who you are. And no matter what happens tomorrow, you’re still a champion. You’re still an extraordinary human being. And you’ll still be Sam.” Which ironically encouraged him to not give up football. Well, she’s not the Queen for nothing. And he does kinda look like Sean Penn in I Am Sam.
Flights of fantasy aside, Bradford will be the starting QB against the Skins. Unless he loses the spot during training camp. But as head coach Steve Wilks said, “it’s his job to lose.” Unfortunately, it’s a job he’s lost before. The point is he has a chip on his shoulder. And what better way to prove critics and NFL gambling sites than at the expense of Washington?
Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals Betting Odds
- Date: September 9, 2018
- Time: 4:25 ET
- Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
Best online sportsbooks odds courtesy of GTBets.eu:
- The Redskins are 2-3 SU in their last five games.
- The Redskins are 2-3 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has under in the Redskins’ last four games.
- The Cardinals are 4-2 SU in their last six games.
- The Cardinals are 4-2 ATS in their last six games.
- The total has gone over in four of the Cardinals’ last seven games.