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!