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Seriously, Will the Skins Be Underdogs Again?

That pinky's worth 3.5 betting points. (By Tony Gutierrez - AP)

The weeks press on, and Washington's second-half schedule doesn't get any less bizarre. There are nine games left, and they lead to three absurdities, according to the latest Vegas rankings from Las Vegas Sports Consultants.

1) Washington has road games remaining against four of Vegas's five weakest teams.

2) Washington has home games remaining against four of Vegas's eight strongest teams. (Dallas is in that category, assuming Tony Romo is in the lineup, which he should be for the Washington rematch.)

3) The strong possibility still remains that the Washington Redskins might end up as Vegas favorites for their final 11 regular season games.

Now, injuries could change everything. Even without injuries, the Skins could be home dogs against Pittsburgh or the Giants, Vegas's two highest ranked teams, but barring disaster the number would be pretty small. The road game at Baltimore is also something of a wild card. But still, picking nothing but favorites from this point on, it'd be hard to have Washington at anything worse than 12-4.

LVSC runs their own season projections based on their numbers, and they still have the Redskins at only 10.4-5.6, with a 73 percent chance at making the playoffs, only the fourth-highest percentage in the NFC. The projections would have Washington--Vegas's fifth-ranked team--playing at NFC North champs Green Bay in the first round.

Some more rankings from around the Web: agrees that Washington is 5th, the Football Outsiders' math stuff also agrees that Washington is 5th, Sportsline says Washington is 6th, says Washington is 7th, the Sporting News says Washington is 5th, Yahoo! says Washington is 4th, as does Fox Sports.

The full week 7 LVSC report:

1. Pittsburgh 143.5
2. New York Giants 143.4
3. San Diego 142.7
4. Tennessee 142.0
5. Washington 141.4
6. Jacksonville 140.9
7. Philadelphia 140.8
8. Tampa Bay 140.5
9. Buffalo 140.0
10. Indianapolis 139.9
11. Carolina 139.5
12. Green Bay 139.1
13. Dallas 138.7 (With Romo, they gain 3.5 points and move to 4th)
14. Chicago 138.6
15. New England 138.3
16. New Orleans 138.2
17. Minnesota 137.9
18. Arizona 137.8
19. New York Jets 137.2
20. Denver 136.7
21. Baltimore 135.8
22. Houston 135.2
23. Cleveland 134.9
24. Miami 134.2
25. Atlanta 133.4
26. St. Louis 133.3
27. Oakland 132.7
28. San Francisco 132.6
29. Seattle 131.0
30. Detroit 130.9
31. Cincinnati 129.1
32. Kansas City 128.2

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 23, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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The games I possibly see us losing are seahawks (13th man) and ravens ('wire' pride may be too much).

I can't wait for the Steelers/Giants game this week.

Posted by: FrankfurtFreddie | October 23, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow, Vegas has finally figured out what we've known all year. The Redskins rock! And no WAY we're losing to the Ravens!! HTTR!!!!

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | October 23, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

How does Vegas rank San Diego so high when they have 4 losses? They have a losing record yet are the 3rd best team in the NFL?

AND, how would Romo playing for the Cowboys put them at 4th, one spot above the Redskins? Romo's bad pinkie didn't stop him from losing to the Redskins in Dallas.

Vegas, quit throwing your money away betting on that overhyped choke artist Romo and put in on a QB that hasn't turned the ball over all year.... Jason Campbell.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 23, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

No Goliaths to slay...stay medium.

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | October 23, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Poor Widdle Womo...

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 23, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

10.4-5.6? Only Zorn would be comfortable cheering four-tenths of a win. "The glass is two-fifths full, friends. Hip hip... HOORAY. No, no, just one HOORAY this time, ARE."

Posted by: WorstSeat | October 23, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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