NFL Picks And Predictions: Redskins Vs. Saints

Aug 25, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Most experts are picking the New Orleans Saints to defeat the Washington Redskins in Week 1.

NFL experts throughout the internet are favoring the Saints to defeat the Redskins at the Superdome on Sunday, despite the fact that New Orleans will be playing without head coach Sean Payton, and may be without defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Payton, Smith, and Vilma were suspended for their roles in the Saints' bounty system, though a federal district court is set to rule on an injunction request made by Smith which could make him eligible to play. Washington will be debuting rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

According to the experts, it shouldn't matter. All eight human experts at CBS picked the Saints, as did the three experts at Yahoo. Out of an army of twelve prognosticators at ESPN, only three -- Merril Hoge, Seth Wickersham, and Keyshawn Johnson -- chose the Redskins. Only Warren Sapp has disclosed his picks at NFL.com, but he also chose the Saints.

For Saints news and analysis, check out Canal Street Chronicles. For Redskins information, go to Hogs Haven. And SB Nation's NFL hub has all the news you need from around the league.

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