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Redskins, Not Raiders, Now Favored to be Featured on “Hard Knocks” in 2019

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder smiling on sidelines.
The Washington Redskins have supplanted the Oakland Raiders as favorites to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks. Photo by Keith Allison (Wikimedia Commons) [CC License].
  • BetOnline now favors the Washington Redskins to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks
  • In February, Washington was the third betting choice to be on the show
  • The Oakland Raiders were the previous favorites

Is a Hard Knocks life ahead for the Washington Redskins? Well, yes it would appear to be if you read any reliable prognostication for the upcoming NFL season. But you may not have to wait that long to see the Redskins dealing with hard knocks.

BetOnline has moved the Redskins into the favorite’s position as the NFL team to be featured on the HBO show Hard Knocks.

2019 Odds to Appear on Hard Knocks

Team 2019 Hard Knocks Odds at BetOnline
Washington Redskins +125
Oakland Raiders +250
New York Giants +300
Detroit Lions +350
San Francisco 49ers +900

*Odds taken 05/17/19

In the previous odds released in February,  Washington was the third betting choice, behind the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions.

Harder to Locate Hard Knocks Participants

In the quasi-militaristic world of the NFL, secrets are guarded so closely you’d think an NFL practice facility was Fort Knox. Practices are closed to all but team personnel. Media access is limited and tightly-monitored.

NFL teams want to offer 24/7 access to their facilities for a TV crew about as much as Donald Trump wants to hand over his tax returns to Congress.

The league has installed loopholes to avoid participation in the show. Any club with a first-year head coach, that has reached the playoffs in either of the previous two seasons, or has been on the show in the past decade can opt out if asked to be featured on Hard Knocks.

Raiders of a Lost Art

It made sense for the Raiders to be a target of Hard Knocks. They’ve added two of the NFL’s most controversial characters to their roster in wide receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Vontez Burfict.

On the surface, it might be expected that the Raiders would be a natural to handle the exposure of an all-access television series, considering that head coach Jon Gruden jumped out of the Monday Night Football broadcast booth and back on to the sideline.

If you’re HBO, don’t you want to wait a year until Oakland relocates to Las Vegas?

The truth, though, is that the Raiders are being extremely resistant to the idea. And if you’re HBO, don’t you want to wait a year until Oakland relocates to Las Vegas?

The Raiders and the Vegas Strip? Now that’s entertainment.

It Must Be the Redskins

The storylines in the nation’s capital never stop. There’s the battle for the starting QB job between journeyman Case Keenum and first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins. Last year’s starting QB Alex Smith is dealing with a potential career-ending leg injury. What about running back Darrius Guice, who missed his rookie season after blowing out a knee?

You’ve got two attention-loving defensive backs in Josh Norman and Landon Collins. A head coach in Jay Gruden who looks to have about as much long-term job security as a Trump cabinet secretary.

Factor in the ever-unpredictable wildcard that is Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and Washington must be the winner.

Pick: Washington Redskins (+125)

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