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Vegas Still Endorses the Skins' Talent Level

Since Sunday's game ended, some fans have wondered how the Redskins could possibly be more than a touchdown favorites this week, even against the wretched Bucs. Well, here's how: Las Vegas oddsmakers still think the Redskins are a mediocre team; not great, not horrid. They don't seem to accept Clinton Portis's previous contention that Washington has the most talent in the NFL, but neither do they accept the proposition that losing to the NFL's dregs mean you're the dregs yourself.

I've often posted team rankings from Las Vegas Sports Consultants in this space, and I'll do so again. Remember, these are the folks who advise the bookmakers, not the bookmakers themselves, and so these raw rankings aren't meant to draw equal action on both sides, but merely to advise the bookies on initial lines.

These rankings suggest that, on a neutral field, the Skins would be nine-point underdogs against the Giants, eight-point dogs against the Eagles and six-point dogs against the Cowboys. That's not great. They're also ranked 12th in the NFC, which also isn't great. But they remain above their next three opponents, and above Detroit, which shows that the experts really do believe that the Redskins have more talent than the dregs. In fact, Washington's Vegas ranking remained the same, despite this week's loss. That makes you feel better, yes?

The full LVSC rankings:

1. Ne York Giants, 141.6
2. Baltimore, 141.5
3. New England, 141.4
4. New Orleans, 140.6
5. Philadelphia, 140.4
6. Indianapolis, 140.2
7. Pittsburgh, 140.1
8. San Diego, 139.8
9. Minnesota, 138.9
10. Dallas, 138.5
11. New York Jets, 138.4
12. Atlanta, 138.0
13. Green Bay, 136.8
14t. Tennessee, 135.8
14t. San Francisco, 135.8
16. Chicago, 135.7
17. Arizona, 135.4
18. Seattle, 135.0
19. Buffalo, 133.6
20. Houston, 133.5
21. Cincinnati, 132.4
22. Washington, 132.3
23. Denver, 131.8
24. Miami, 131.7
25. Jacksonville, 131.3
26. Carolina, 130.0
27. Oakland, 128.2
28t. Kansas City, 128.0
28t. Detroit, 128.0
30. Tampa Bay, 127.3
31. Cleveland, 127.2
32. St. Louis, 125.9

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 29, 2009; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Comments

FIRE VINNY CERRATO

NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU FIRE VINNY CERRATO

Posted by: ThisGuy | September 29, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I second that

Posted by: FudgeDanSnyder | September 29, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Danny and Vinny stay. Deal with it.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 29, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Change the damn racist name started by their racist owner George Preston Marshall, who was forced by the federal government to integrate the team.

In 1921 the Washington Senators played their one and only season in the NFL.

Scrap the name Redskins and change it to Senators and our team will have good karma and start winning again.

Wikipedia on 1921 Washington Senators:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Washington_Senators_(NFL)_season

Posted by: jmarks09 | September 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The only thing this list makes me feel is frustration. Frustration at the fact that Frank Gore got hurt and will not get my fantasy team 30 points by himself against the awful Rams.

I should note that I've been rooting solely for my fantasy team, and not for any actual NFL team, since I first started playing fantasy football. I'm not just doing it because Dan said so (though I think it is the best solution for local fans right now...unless your fantasy team is also a lost cause, in which case I'd say you need to jump on the Caps bandwagon).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | September 29, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Change the damn racist name started by their racist owner George Preston Marshall, who was forced by the federal government to integrate the team.

In 1921 the Washington Senators played their one and only season in the NFL.

Scrap the name Redskins and change it to Senators and our team will have good karma and start winning again.

Wikipedia on 1921 Washington Senators:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Washington_Senators_(NFL)_season

Posted by: jmarks09 | September 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not racist. Only 10% of Native Americans are offended by it, according to polls. I'm sorry, but if 10% of this country also believes that man did not land on the moon, I'm not giving the 10% or so of Native Americans who side with the special interest groups any credibility. I'm going with the other 90% who are not interested in playing these racial identity politics for financial purposes.


Posted by: Barno1 | September 29, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong with your voice box? Also, you're so jewish!

Posted by: mh18979 | September 29, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

to jmarks09:

You're an idiot. please die

Posted by: mh18979 | September 29, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm offended.......

by their play on the field.
You should be too, Vinny...I mean Barno.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | September 30, 2009 3:13 AM | Report abuse

"Danny and Vinny stay. Deal with it."

---

Snyder owns the team, so that's fine there's nothing we can do. Certainly something that we as fans can do no more than "deal with."

But why Vinny? Vinny's not invulnerable. He doesn't own anything, and he's certainly firable. This team is his fault, since he's come on board, he's done nothing but systematically run a once glorious franchise into the ground.

It's our jobs as fans to voice our displeasure with the hopes that at some point the Owner comes to his senses and realizes that in order to have a sucessful football team, you need to have successful football people at the top calling the shots. Vinny Cerrato is not one of these people, and he needs to go.

Until he does go, you will see the fans voicing their displeasure, so I advise you to "deal with it."

Posted by: VTDuffman | September 30, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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