It’s been twelve long years since the Washington Redskins began a season 0-3 but that’s what they’re facing entering Sunday’s showdown against the Detroit Lions. They take on a 1-1 Lions squad that is seeking redemption after a brutal year in 2012. Thus far, the Lions look much improved and could pose legitimate concern to the Redskins and their porous secondary. It remains obvious that RGIII isn’t the RGIII of last season, and whether or not the Lions defense can cure his problems remains to be seen. It’s yet another important and likely high-scoring Week 3 clash, and read on below for our official game selection.
Lions at Redskins Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions -1 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins +1 (-110)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Lions at Redskins Pick:
RGIII is far too young to let injuries derail his career but it’s abundantly obvious that something is preventing him from looking like his 2012-self. Griffin through his first two games has been inaccurate on his throws and has struggled to take off and move the chains with his feet. The fact that they’ve abandoned the read-option that made them so successful in previous seasons doesn’t help matters much either. Detroit has recently improved against the run, and their defense finally seems like they’re ready to live up to the lofty expectations set out for them. Expect the Lions to make it very tough on the Redskins when it comes to moving the football.
Expect the Lions to get a great push from their defensive line, keeping Griffin on his toes for much of the game. The tandem of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley should be living in the Redskins’ backfield on Sunday. That duo should worry Griffin from taking a step forward to deliver a strong pass, thus limiting him to throwing off his back feet. Look for the rush of the Lions to run over the O-Line of Washington, forcing mistakes and turnovers.
On the other side of the football, it’s no secret the Lions have an explosive offense and could do damage against pretty much any defense in the NFL. Today however they should experience an absolute field day against a porous Redskins unit. Washington has conceded an average of 511.5 yards per game through their first two contests in 2013, and their secondary at the moment seems complete abysmal. Add in the fact that Brandon Meriweather is listed as questionable and that certainly doesn’t help matters. Calvin Johnson absolutely cannot, and will not be contained this week, and it will be another monster outing from the man known as Megatron. On the injury front, Reggie Bush’s status remains heavily in doubt, but even if he doesn’t play, back-up Joique Bell has shown solid flashes and could fill in with little drop-off out of the Lions’ backfield.
Ultimately look for the Lions to dominate the lines of scrimmage and expect a lot of Stafford to Johnson chatter. The Redskins are a mess and their franchise quarterback is clearly ailing and needs a breather. Expect a routine Detroit victory in turn ending one of the NFL’s longest streaks – going 21 games without a victory in Washington. At a short favourite price, the Lions are good road value, and look for that lengthy losing streak to finally end today for the Lions.
PICK = Detroit -1 (-110)