GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (-3, 49.5), Sun., 8:30 p.m. ET
The Redskins have won four of five, while the Packers have lost four of five entering their primetime showdown Sunday.
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But Green Bay could get a huge lift from the possible return of outside linebacker Clay Matthews. In the four games he's missed, the Pack was shredded for 35.2 points per game; in the five games he's played, Green Bay gave up 19.2 points per game.
Expect Matthews to return from his hamstring injury, but potentially in a limited role.
That might not be enough to slow down Kirk Cousins. He's thrown for 720 yards and four touchdowns in the past two games and has averaged at least 7.7 yards per attempt in four straight.
Green Bay continued its desperate search for a running back by signing Christine Michael this week. He won't make an impact Sunday night even if he's active. James Starks will likely handle the bulk of the backfield work.
Pressure is mounting on coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers as this team falls way short of its Super Bowl expectations. The Packers are 9-12 in its last 21 games.
However, they did dismantle these Redskins 35-18 in last year's playoffs and are 5-1-1 in the past seven meetings.
Washington has covered six of its past seven games. The Over has cashed in seven straight Redskins' home games.
BookMaker.eu opened this game at Washington -2 and was dealing -3 as of Friday.
"We have wiseguys on both sides of this one thus far," BookMaker odds consultant Scott Cooley said. "The first action moved the spread to -2.5 and then -3, but then a couple of respected clients knocked out the +3.
"I know we'll see the public blindly back the Pack again this week, and the sharps faded Washington last week, so this could come back down toward the opener or lower by kickoff."
The total has been bet down from 51 to 49.