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Michael Taylor 12th Dec 2009 - 17:06

Times could be changing for the Redskins and Campbell

Jim Zorn knew he had a lot to lose and little to gain when he took the position of Head Coach at the Washington Redskins but, if last week's showing against the Saints becomes the standard, then they're certainly heading in the right direction.

They may have been cruelly denied a shock win in overtime but so many positives came from the performance that you have to believe they'll be too strong for the Oakland Raiders this week.

The obvious plus is Jason Campbell who had by far his best game since being claimed as the number one draft pick back in 2005.

367 yards, three touchdowns and 30 completions is what Redskins fans thought they would see every week yet he so rarely delivers that whenever he puts up big numbers people are genuinely surprised.

If that performance signals a return to Campbell's Auburn days then DC may be in with a shout of a decent end of season run and Zorn may be handed one more lifeline, but nothing Washington does is ever a guarantee.

They execute for three quarters then seemingly throw it all away when it matters in the dying stages.

Albert Haynesworth was brought in to ensure the defence stays strong in important situations yet he's spent far too long on the IR to make an impact while the whole unit is being outscored 47-69 in the last period.

There's little wonder they head into week 14 with a terrible 3-9 record, I am amongst the many that feels bad towards Zorn though as player errors continue to undermine everything he is striving for.

As for the Raiders it has been about as bad as could be expected.

JaMarcus Russell has been benched, Bruce Gradkowski is just as inept and, as such, the offence has absolutely stunk.

They're ranked next to last in average points, yards and passing yards over the season and you have to believe Washington's decent defensive line will be able to ensure another bad day for Oakland.

On the defence they're not quite as bad and they shouldn't have too many problems handing out a few three and outs but it looks a real tough ask to actually beat what remains a solid Redskins team - even with Clinton Portis out.

In the betting it's close which is hardly surprising given the useless offences on show, however the Skins have to be the better bet at 20/23 while the one point spread may as well be ignored at 10/11.

The biggest price of the entire NFL weekend though has to be the 10/11 about under 37.5 total points being scored in this game.

Elsewhere in week 14 there looks to be great potential for profit on a fair few games.

Firstly, the flying San Diego Chargers cannot be ignored at 31/20 as they make a tough trip to Dallas.

Phillip Rivers is steadily going about his job in California and in the process leading his side to the play-offs once again and perhaps even putting himself in the frame for an unexpected MVP.

His receiving pool is so tough and strong while I remain unconvinced that any NFC East side is good enough to make an impression in the post-season this year.

My final pick sees me making the jump on to the Indianapolis Colts' bandwagon.

It may have taken twelve games for them to make me believe but I am there now and I reckon they can make it 13 and 0 this week.

Peyton Manning's side are giving up 7.5 points to the inconsistent Denver Broncos on Sunday but I think they should have enough to make short work of that and pay-out at 10/11.



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