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Redskins-Packers Predictions


As ever, these are our crackerjack staff’s predictions for the Wild Card game. Make yours down in the comments. Whoever comes closest gets to make a guest post on this here weblog.

JP Finlay: Redskins, 34-20

This seems ridiculous to write, but I think the Skins roll. Rodgers has been sacked 14 times his last two games. Preston Smith and Ryan Kerrigan have five sacks just between the two of them in the last two. It’s bad math for Green Bay between their slumping O-line and the Skins surging D-line.

Oh yeah, the Redskins offense is cooking. They will score. Wild Card round is usually about the hot hand; few are hotter than Kirk Cousins.

Are there reasons to worry? Of course. Aaron Freaking Rodgers ranks No. 1. And certainly some part of Gruden/McVay/Cousins could get tight. I just don’t see it happening though.

When you’re at a hot blackjack table, don’t get up.

Matt Terl: Packers, 24-21

I can’t believe, after everything, that this team has a home playoff game in which they were somehow (however briefly) favored. Like Kevin Stroop noted here earlier this week, that’s a hell of an accomplishment all by itself. I still feel like Rodgers and the Packers will wind up winning the game, but good on Gruden and Cousins and the Skins for even making this a conversation at all.

Todd Davis: Redskins, 27-23

I’m completely with Finlay on this game. While it would be the most Washington thing to buck the very strong “hot teams win WC games” trend, Green Bay just can’t score consistently right now and the Skins shaky secondary really isn’t something the current group of Packers receivers looks capable of exploiting. Biggest concern is Turnover Cousins returning as playoff sphincters clinch, but he’s playing with house money and it would take an awful lot of disaster to knock this group’s confidence right now.

Andy Peden: Packers, 28-27

I said before the season I was no longer emotionally invested in the Skins. That probably wasn’t the right description. I think it was more like I’m not going to let the losses ruin my day, but I still care. So now that the unbelievable has happened (division champs) and I actually believe this team can win a playoff game, I will have my soul crushed Sunday.

Jack Kogod: Redskins, 27-21

BANDWAGON is out in full force. I’m still not on it though. My brother asked when I’d quit with the “don’t care about the Redskins” act, and I honestly don’t have an answer. I’m not sure what it would take to get me invested in this franchise again. The new GM is definitely a good start, but I still feel like it’s a long way off. That said, I would love for this team to make my friends and family happy again, even if it means Dan Snyder being happy.

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Chris Mottram: Packers, 34-31

The Panthers get the bye week they deserve (although you could argue Week 17 against the Bucs was one too lol) after proving to be the best team in football this season. I’m hoping they get to the play the Redskins in the Divisional Round cause that team SUCKS, but Carolina shouldn’t be afraid of whoever comes to town.

Jamie Mottram: Redskins, 30-20

Given how little was expected, I’m happy with this season no matter what. Just like 2005 and 2007. And 2012, too, if not for the franchise-crippling injury at the end there.

The Redskins hired a real GM, found their quarterback (we think) and won the NFC East. All good things. All great things. But that doesn’t mean I’m just fine with a loss on Sunday.

You don’t root for nine wins, or the division, or to be hanging from the bottom rung of the NFL’s upper class.

They have about a 50-percent chance of winning Sunday. Then maybe a 40-percent chance on the road against Carolina or Arizona next week. And then maybe another 40-percent chance should they make it to the conference title. After that, let’s take it back up to 50, because who knows. There’s about a four-percent chance Washington goes all the way, is what I’m saying. That’s four points better than Dallas, Philly and New York.

Beat Green Bay, make it to the elite eight. Then go win the whole fuckin’ thing.

Composite prediction: Redskins, 28-24

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Ben Custead

    January 8, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    In looking at the HoF finalists, I finally realized how absurdly long Morten Andersen’s career was. I knew he had played for, like, forever, but I hadn’t internalized how literally true that was. When he started in the NFL, I was yet to be born. By the time he had completed his last game, I was married and owned a house. He was a professional place kicker for what is, to me, a lifetime. I have no idea how to process that fact.

    Anyway, when it comes to the Skins, I’ve chugged all the Kool-Aid and scraped up all the undissolved sugar from the bottom of the pitcher. Our offense is in a groove and can score on anybody! Our defense will have Rodgers running for his life all game! HTTR, bitches, we’re going to (probably) Arizona!

    Skins 31
    Packers 28 (Packers get a late TD in a desperate, Rodgers-lead attempt to come back that falls short thanks to a Pierre Garcon recovery on an onside kick)

  2. ThisGuy

    January 8, 2016 at 11:05 AM

    “So now that the unbelievable has happened (division champs) and I actually believe this team can win a playoff game, I will have my soul crushed Sunday”

    About where I stand.

    Then again, last playoff game we played I correctly predicted the score on this here weblog, and earned a guest post on this here weblog. In other words, I HOLD THE FATE OF THIS GAME IN MY HAND LIKE THE GODS.

    ‘Skins 33
    Pack 24

    Then as Jamie said, there’s only one thing left to do.

  3. Will

    January 8, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    38-21. Last Packers TD is garbage time.

  4. The Sportz Assassin

    January 8, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Of he Redskins’ 9 wins, none came against a winning team. None.

    However, the Skins only played 3 games against winning teams this year; all on the road and all prior to this Cousins run.

    Washington has beaten the Bills (8-8), Rams and Saints (both 7-9) … all at FedEx Field … and the Packers are currently playing at that clip and this game is at home.

    The Redskins have the hot QB and a banged up secondary. The Packers o-line is bad. I’m going with my heart. Washington 24-20.

  5. Patrick Sellers

    January 8, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Skins 28
    Pack 17

    Cousins does his thing and Matt Jones gets a little loose.
    On D we force a couple turnovers and Rodgers gets so frustrated that he almost chokes out davante adams.

  6. burgertime

    January 8, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    so you’re telling me there’s a chance…


    Skins, 45-17

  7. filthylaugh

    January 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Skins – 34
    Packers – 33

    Cheese curds – delicious

  8. Jon

    January 8, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Cousins reverts back to the mean, throws a couple picks, and the Redskins lose. We spend eight insufferable months reading hot takes about whether he’s good or not. Kornheiser calls him a choking dog (although he was too busy duffing it at Columbia to watch the game).

    Packers 24 – Redskins 17

    • Jamie Mottram

      January 8, 2016 at 3:27 PM

      Not only is this a nightmare scenario, I think this may be the most likely scenario. Thank you for shaking the hope and expectation right out of me.

      • BooRodGardner

        January 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM


  9. Ketel on Rocks

    January 8, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Joe’s scenario seems likely.

    I mean, people on ESPN are seriously asking whether they’d rather have Cousins over Rodgers this weekend. How does this not end in tears?

    Pack: 27
    Skins: 17

  10. WFY

    January 8, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    For some reason, I’m thinking the Raljons pull it off and we have a week of “legacy” media tweeting that the other DC teams don’t matter now.

    Green Bay 17
    RALJON 23

  11. Derpley

    January 8, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Pack 35-DC 34. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

  12. Snyder's Bitch

    January 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    I want to believe…’Skins 35, Green Bay 20. Enjoy this moment- we may not see another one for a long time.

  13. Snyder's Bitch

    January 10, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Every Fox commentator just picked us to win, even the monkey. I can feel the doom creeping in.

  14. aFineMessi

    January 10, 2016 at 7:33 PM


    fancy seeing you here this time of year

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