I'm in the beginning stages of preparing for my first NFL season as a beat reporter. So where did I start? Same place as any sportswriter: with the Las Vegas odds, obviously.I was not stunned to learn that the Redskins check in as long shots -- 60 to 1, to be exact -- to win Super Bowl XLVII, according to the most recent odds.Not great. But, hey, at least they're not the Jags, whose odds of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy are 125 to 1. Or the Browns and Colts, each of whom are currently 80 to 1.And it's better than it was when the lines opened not too long after the Super Bowl. The Redskins were 75 to 1 to win it all then. Although we don't know for sure, I have to think that the acquisition of that new quarterback, that kid who goes by RG3, has something to do with that. I have to doubt that the signing of Brandon Meriweather could move the needle like that.Within the NFC East, the 'Skins rank last, which isnot all that surprising given last year's 5-11 record and the fact that they're starting a rookie quarterback. The Giants and Eagles, meantime, are both 12 to 1, while the Cowboys are 20 to 1.Is this the wrong place to remind folks that Vegas bookmakers are, generally speaking, pretty good at their jobs?
Things are already getting weird between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.
On the Giants' second drive of the game, Norman got into it with Beckham in the endzone. Though, it wasn't the kind of mugging the two engaged in last season. Instead, it was....well, see for yourself.
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Norman picked up Beckham and nearly carried him to the sideline. Yeah, very strange. Norman nearly hauled in an interception on the next drive, but was unable to haul it in. Hopefully we'll get more chances to see the two of them go at it.
In the opening minutes of the Redskins game in New York cornerback Bashaud Breeland left the field with an injury to his right ankle and he will not return. Redskins PR initially labeled Breeland as questionable to return, but have now downgraded his status to out.
As Breeland left the field, he was assisted by trainers and seemed to be putting little weight on his right leg.
The injury came on the Giants second possession of the game, where they would end up scoring a touchdown. The Redskins defense forced a Giants three and out to open the game but then Washington fumbled the punt and New York regained possession.
It was an ominous start for the 0-2 Redskins, as New York quickly produced points off the turnover. Also an ominous start for Breeland, who despite a great training camp and preseason has struggled through two games for Washington.