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Redskins are 40-1 to win Super Bowl XLIX

“Word Around Washington” is The Insider’s daily sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the team:

●  Last week, I noticed on’s futures odds that the Redskins are a 40-to-1 bet to win the Super Bowl next season, which actually sounds like pretty good odds for a team coming off a 3-13 season. The Raiders, who went 4-12, are 150 to 1 by comparison.

Today, Chuck Carroll of CBS got a hold of Bovada’s odds, and lo and behold, the Redskins are 40-to-1 there too. The Redskins aren’t too far behind their NFC East brethren, with the Eagles at 25 to 1 and the Cowboys and Giants at 33 to 1. The world-champion Seahawks are 9 to 2, followed by the 49ers and Broncos, which seems about right given what we know now.

Richard Sherman, left, and Kam Chancellor, a pair of fifth-round picks, make a tackle during the Super Bowl. (Ben Margot/Associated Press) Richard Sherman, left, and Kam Chancellor, a pair of fifth-round picks, make a tackle during the Super Bowl. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)

●  John Keim shared Ten things the Redskins could learn from the Seahawks, largely themed around their success with lower-round draft picks and pickups from other teams. The Seahawks have made the most of the talent on their roster, and have developed from within and accentuated from the outside.

Here’s one of Keim’s observations:

“I like that players such as Kam Chancellor play special teams. My guess is that he hasn’t lost the drive that turned him from a fifth-round pick in 2010 to a starter and Pro Bowler. Meanwhile, the Redskins had a sixth-round pick (Bacarri Rambo) who was not a good special-teams player. Nor was fifth-rounder Brandon Jenkins. Sean Taylor used to love playing on special teams. When guys have that sort of hunger, it trickles down. When you don’t — and when you have veterans who would rather not be on there — it also trickles down.”

CSN’s Rich Tandler also suggested five things the Redskins can learn from the Super Bowl.

●  Tandler also explains the NFL’s waiver system, pointing out that the Redskins have second priority.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

Coverage from The Post:

The Early Lead: Sherman praises Manning’s classinessMore

Offseason questions: Should Brian Orakpo be re-signed?

Redskins, Hall start talks on new contract | Cousins hasn’t asked for trade

Goodell says New York-area Super Bowl was a success

D.C. Sports Bog: Theismann on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ | More Bog

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Mark Maske · February 3, 2014