Kickoff: Sunday, October 23, 1:00 PM EDT
Location: Ford Field
Television: FOX (Justin Kutcher, Charles and Chris Spielman, Peter Schrager)
Radio: Redskins Radio Network
Odds: Lions (-1), O/U: 49.5
Last Week: Washington won their fourth straight by beating the Eagles, while the Lions topped the LA Rams.
Matchup History: The Redskins lead the all-time regular season series 27-13, but lost their last matchup with the Lions in 2013.
2016 Rankings: (Yards Gained/Allowed):
Washington – Offense (5th); Defense (21st)
Detroit – Offense (18th); Defense (25th)
Detroit’s Strength: Matthews Stafford is known as a high volume passer and although he does not have any elite weapons, he has numerous targets that all specialize in different aspects of the game. Between Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin, and Marvin Jones, the Lions have four receivers with 200 or more receiving yards through Week 6. Jones, 529 yards and four touchdowns, is on pace to shatter his previous career highs of 816 yards and 10 touchdowns. Stafford has plenty of receivers to spread the ball around to so it will be interesting to see how Washington matches up in five receiver sets.
Detroit’s Weakness: The Lions secondary is prone to big plays. If DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is able to go, he will look to take advantage against the Detroit defense that has given up the most passing touchdowns, 17, in the 2016 NFL season. The Lions have also allowed 19 plays of 20 yards or more through the air as well as five plays of greater than 40 yards. Jackson will be hungry to add to those numbers. Darius Slay is a solid cornerback but after that there are some question marks. Washington will want to stay balanced with the run but could opt to air it out if needed.
Prediction: Washington is leaving the state to play a football game for only the second time this season, but they are also one of the hottest teams in the NFC. Detroit has weapons, but no longer has a game changing player since Calvin Johnson's retirement. The Redskins will take care of business on the road by winning all phases of the game.
Final score: 34-20, Redskins.
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