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Skins Giving Many Points

Believes his team to be 29-point dogs today. (Preston Keres -TWP)

So that line for today's game is still Skins -9 or -9.5 or so. Which is amazing. I asked Ken White, the Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sports Consultants (official sports odds advisory body to the D.C. Sports Bog) what the line would be if Dallas had something to play for. He said the Cowboys would be favored by 3.5 or 4 points. That means, I guess, that the Cowboys' starters are favored by about two touchdowns over the Cowboys reserves.

By comparison, the Redskins have been more than a touchdown favorites once this year, home against Arizona. The Skins won by two. Dallas has been favored in 13 of its 15 games, and has been at least a TD favorites in nine of its 15 games. This point spread strikes me as just remarkable. Which probably also explains why one blogger says this game is only the 5th biggest in FedEx Field history.

The Redskins will now have been favored in all eight of their home games. Their record as home favorites is thus far 4-3. They are 1-0 as road favorites, and 3-4 as road dogs. So the favored team is only 7-8 straight-up in Redskins games this season. I think this has something to do with Fred Smoot's frequent exhortations to put one's foot on the dog's throat.

Anyhow, this is as good a time as any to revisit LVSC's Weekly Power Rankings. Washington is now up to 12th in the NFL, seventh among NFC teams. I can't remember exactly how high the Skins got, but they were definitely in the Top 10 at one point.

Other power rankings: FoxSports agrees with 12th, says 13th, says 11th, CBSSports says 11th and NBCSports says 14th. Football Outsiders's stats say 14th.

Vegas rankings after the jump.

1. New England
2. Indianapolis
3. Dallas
4. Jacksonville
5. Green Bay
6. San Diego
7. Pittsburgh
8. Seattle
9. Philadelphia
10. Tampa Bay
11. New York Giants
12. Washington
13. Cleveland
14. Minnesota
15. Tennessee
16. New Orleans
17. Houston
18. Chicago
19. Arizona
20. Denver
21. Cincinnati
22. New York Jets
23. Buffalo
24. Carolina
25. Oakland
26. Detroit
27. St. Louis
28. Baltimore
29. San Francisco
30. Kansas City
31. Miami
32. Atlanta

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 30, 2007; 12:21 AM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Roy Hibbert would like clarification on exactly how Vegas numbers are developed.

Posted by: | December 30, 2007 12:59 AM | Report abuse

anyone know what happens if skins/saints/vikes all lose?

Posted by: MissingMarkRypien | December 30, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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