August 28, 2009

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins Preseason Pick

Friday, 8:00 pm Eastern – CBS

The Washington Redskins host the New England Patriots on Friday night and NFL odds have the home team as the underdog. That makes sense considering the first string Washington offense has done next to nothing so far in the preseason. Quarterback Jason Campbell has picked up right where he left off last season with his poor play. He is just 4 for 13 for 48 yards this preseason. Going up against Tom Brady and the potent New England offense does not bode well for the Redskins on Friday.

New England is a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 37.5 at SBG Global.

Washington’s first string offense has not even scored a touchdown so far in the NFL betting preseason. The second and third string quarterbacks have actually played better for Washington. Todd Collins has the #2 job nailed down but the #3 job is now wide open between Colt Brennan and rookie Chase Daniel. It was thought that Brennan would challenge Collins for the backup job but now he might not even make the team. Daniel was 6-of-8 passes for 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns last week. “We saw that Todd was not willing to bow down and give up his No. 2 spot,” Washington head coach Jim Zorn said. “So the competition is for the No. 3 spot, and Chase is making a statement about that.” Daniel was not even drafted because of his height but he has a real chance to make the Redskins. “Everyone questions my height, but you can’t question my heart, my brains, my arm or my skill. I still have a long way to go, but this is a right step in the direction I want to go.” Daniel said. He seems to have the support of Zorn as well. “I’ve never said anything about his height. I don’t tell him, ‘Stand taller.’ He’s only as high as he is. It’s a God thing. What I do is tell him to play ball and tell him to play at the right level.” Zorn said.

The Patriots have looked pretty good with their first string offense. Brady has looked ready to start the season and it has helped that he now has wide receiver Wes Welker healthy again.

The Patriots and Redskins have faced each other a lot in the NFL betting preseason. The Patriots have a 12-7 edge in the 19 games. The teams played three years ago in the preseason and it was the Patriots winning 41-0.

Pick: Pats

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