- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005

The Las Vegas early line says to bet against the Washington Redskins this season, especially on the road. The Redskins are underdogs in 11 of 16 games, including every road contest.

The Plaza Hotel and Casino this week became the first Nevada sports book to post spreads on every game through Super Bowl XL (AFC minus-4). Plaza race and sports book director Lou D’Amico said he’s ?an old Redskins fan from the Sonny Jurgensen era? but didn’t like Washington too often.

The Redskins are favored at home over Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas and the New York Giants. Otherwise, the smart money is on their opponents.

However, Washington backers quickly moved the line a half-point on the Dallas game Sept. 19, making the Cowboys 31/2-point favorites instead of four in the Monday nighter. It seems the rivalry is felt in Las Vegas, too.

?The Redskins-Cowboys game still has that mystique to it,? D’Amico said. ?I remember when I was a kid. it was such a rivalry. It still is, maybe not as strong, but it’s still there.?

D’Amico also has Washington 50-1 to win the Super Bowl, while Dallas is 35-1.

The future lines were created to attract summer tourists who seldom return during football season. Last year, one Atlanta fan bet $500 on every Falcons game. Winning bettors can mail their tickets to the Plaza for redemption.

?There’s really no advantage of the customers versus the bookmakers,? D’Amico said. ?The [professionals] are not going to look at weeks 13, 14, 15 unless [Indianapolis quarterback] Peyton Manning goes down in week 1 or 2.?

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