Interesting game on Sunday between the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. Interesting in the sense that they are teams stuck in relatively the same position. Are they for real or are they just going to flounder in a sea of mediocracy? The Redskins and Lions have been trying to get over that hump over the past few years but it hasn’t been easy. Both have made it to the playoffs over the last five years, but it almost feels like they’re back to the drawing board in 2016. The Redskins looked like they had their franchise quarterback for the next ten years, but we all know what happened there. Robert Griffin blew his knee out and was never the same quarterback. From a budding star, to the bench, to battling injuries with the Cleveland Browns. Not to mention a divorce and the criticism he’s had to face over the last few years.
The Lions lost Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins, defensive end Cliff Avril went to Seattle, and Calvin Johnson retired. The Redskins and Lions have their ups, but they have also had major downs. Washington is shaking off a couple of poor games and have asserted themselves nicely with a 4-2 record. Kirk Cousins needed to respond or doubt was going to creep over his signing him to that expensive contract. Good quarterbacks are hard to come by these days and teams are being forced into doling out some hefty contracts to sign a guy who may or may not lead their team to much. Brock Osweiler anybody?
Cousins and Matthew Stafford will do battle at Ford Field on Sunday afternoon, a big game for both teams who are trying to get over that hump I was just talking about. The Redskins could go to 5-2 with a win today, solidifying themselves as a potential candidate for a wildcard in the playoffs. Just like the Rams, everyone was writing this team off after the first week, but a win today would put them in the upper echelon of teams, standings wise that is. The Lions are coming off a 31-28 win this season, following up a 24-23 win over the Eagles. If nothing else, Jim Caldwell did a great job saving his job as the head coach of the Lions. It’s an even matchup according to the lines makers, with the Lions entering Sunday afternoon as -1 favorites.
Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Lions -1(-110)
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Redskins vs. Lions Pick:
The Lions have been able to adjust since they lost Ameer Abdullah. Things were looking ugly there for a bit after Abdullah was knocked out of commission, but the Lions wrote up some effective game plans against the Eagles and Rams to make it work. This would be classic Lions to drop this one against the Redskins after how well they played the last two weeks. Both teams have wins over the Eagles this year. Matthew Stafford was sharp and efficient against the Rams last week, passing for 273 yards with 4 touchdowns and most importantly, no interceptions. Stafford was sharp against a solid Eagles’ defense as well, getting the ball into the end zone on three different occasions. So, in the last two weeks Stafford has 7 touchdowns with no interceptions. Overall he has terrific numbers, with 14 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions.
Case Keenum had a day on the Lions’ secondary a week ago, though. Keenum threw for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns on Detroit, which is his best performance of the year. It wasn’t enough for the Rams, who can usually lean on the defense to carry the load. The Lions will need to be better this afternoon against the Redskins’ offense who have looked much better recently.
Cousins has passed for 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions the last three weeks. The effective running game lately has helped Cousins out immensely. Washington ran for 230 yards last week on what was looking like a stingy Eagles’ defense before they played the Lions and Redskins. Washington has been accumulating the yardage, putting up an average of 387.2 per game for 5th in the NFL. I am looking at something along the lines of 30-24 this afternoon. It looks like an OVER day in Detroit at Ford Field between the Redskins and Lions.
PICK: OVER 49.5 POINTS (-110)