Lions to beat the Redskins easily

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions runs with the football against the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on September 27, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Redskins 19-14. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

I will hold off on my official stance until the end of the week, but one fellow writer feels the 1-4 Lions should cruise to a relatively easy win.  Matthew Stafford, and his Axe endorsement, and the Detroit Football Lions will look to climb the ladder of the NFC North.

My colleague, Latif Masud, from The Side Lion Report tells me the Lions (with an opening line of minus -1) have an great chance of beating the Skins.

Masud says: I would say that I’m about 80% confident that the Lions will beat the Redskins next Sunday. There is simply too much going for the Lions. We are coming off a bye week with all our players healthy for the first time this season, getting our franchise quarterback back, at home. Again, there is just too much going for the Lions to lose this game.

That is saying alot.  The Lions, though they have only won one game this season, are young and hungry.  They have hung in every game they lost, except for a beating from the Vikings.  But in the game they did win, they won handily.  Masud feels that the Redskins game should be similar to the that of the Rams game where the Lions scored 44 points.

In short, I expect this to be a blowout win for the Lions. The way I see it, the Redskins lost to the Rams 30 to 16, and the Lions blew out the Rams 44 to 6 with our backup quarterback, and our 3rd and 4th string middle linebackers playing the game. The coaching staff has had two week to scheme for the Redskins and Stafford has had plenty of practice time (he has been practicing since the week before the bye), so rust shouldn’t be an issue. The Redskins have some offensive pieces, but the offensive line isn’t good enough to consistently block Suh, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams, and Cliff Avril. The defense is good, but not great. DeAngelo Hall scares me, but our offensive line is good enough to handle Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter, and should provide Stafford with enough time to get the ball to guys like Brandon Pettigrew (who was second in receptions amongst tight ends going into Sunday) Jahvid Best, and Nate Burleson. To clarify, I don’t expect a same type of blowout as the Rams game, but I expect a 34-17 win for the Lions.

Masud is using the unconventional wisdom that the since the Lions beat the Rams easy, the Redskins will be an easy win as well. I will have to disagree with that.

The Redskins already had their let down loss of the year to the Rams, I don’t believe this team with this coaching staff loses that type of game twice.  That is just me.  Otherwise, get ready to chalk it up. Lions over the Skins 34-17.  Watch out NFC North, the Lions will bite you!

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  • Tom Toth

    Hahahaha really??

    And I suppose the Lions would come within three points of beating the Indianapolis Colts, too…

    So the Lions have magically inherited a line that can stop Brian Orakpo for the entire game?? (and I’d also watch for Haynesworth after yesterday)

    The Lions are decent. But predicting a blowout win from a 1-4 team is mere wishful thinking..

    CAN Detroit beat us?
    -Unfortunately, yes.

    Will they?
    We’ll have to wait and see. But I say PROBABLY not.

    • Sayhitoyourmotherforme

      I predict the Lions will beat the Skins. For this reason, the Giants are the class of the NFC, the Lions hung in and played the Giants really tough 2 weeks ago. After watching the Skins most recent game against the Bears, the only thing that is truly frightening about the Skins is DHall and Haynesworth (provided he feels like playing). Mcnabb has been playing below average, at best.

  • bottomlineDC

    dream on Detroit.. sittting at 1-4 and looking at the world through rosy glasses, are you? why not, go for it, enjoy while you can. Detroit will get shellacked next week. how’s 1-5 sound?

  • cj

    your dreaming. go skins

  • cjthomas

    your dreaming, go skins

  • jay

    As a die hard lions fan I have a hard time ever saying the lions are going to blow out anyone…ever. I was surprise as much as anyone about the score we had against the rams, but I wouldn’t jump to any conclusions. It is the NFL and even though we do have 2 weeks to prepare for this game I don’t see how this could be a blow out. I certainly think we have a chance but it’s because we do 90% of our offensive snaps from shotgun not because are oline is worth a shit. Go LIONS!

    • latifmasud

      Just to clarify. I didn’t want to come across as cocky, even though rereading my answer to the question it does seem I did come across as cocky, but I do believe that the Lions will score a ton of points. Like I said before, the Lions have had two weeks to prepare for the 31st ranked defense in the NFL.Three of the six opponents the Lions faced before the bye ranked in the top ten in defense (Giants being 2nd, Chicago being 5th and Minessota being 6th). The Rams coming into the Lions game were only giving up 10.5 points. The Packers were far more healthy when playing against us and were a top ten defense at the time, so were the Eagles when we played them. Still, the Lions offense managed to put up 24.3 points per game in the past six games with our backup quarterback in there. With a fully healthy roster and two weeks of preparation,34 points is not too much to ask from this team.

      The question really is how much the Redskins can score against an equally weak Detroit defense and whether or not the Redskins offensive line can protect McNabb.

  • james

    HA ha look at the skins fans talking smack, don’t forget what happened to you all last year, get ready to lose to the lions two uears in a row. WE OWN YOU!

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