Redskins vs. Lions Prediction

NFL Week 7 Predictions: Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions 10/23/16

Who will continue their current win streak when the Detroit Lions host the Washington Redskins today at 1PM ET?

According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Lions are favored at home in this game, as Detroit is getting odds of -1 point against the Redskins. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 49.5 points. The Lions have won three straight meetings with the Redskins and they have covered the spread in all three wins.

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The Lions are coming off a 31-28 win over the Rams last week to move to 3-3 on the season and 4-2 with the over. The Lions are also 3-3 against the spread, covering in all three wins. The Lions are only averaging 363.3 yards and 25 points per game this season, but Matthew Stafford is on the radar for a potential MVP run if he can get the Lions in the playoff picture. Stafford has thrown for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns while completing 68.9 percent of his passes. He also has just four interceptions. Stafford has had to do a lot as the Lions have been without their top two backs as of late Ameer Abdullah has been hurt all season while Theo Riddick missed last week’s game and will miss Sunday’s game as well. Defensively, Detroit is struggling, giving up 25.5 points and 389.8 yards per game, including 281.5 passing yards per contest. The unit has created just four turnovers this season. The defense continues to be without DT Haloti Ngata and LB DeAndre Levy due to lingering injuries.

Washington is riding a four-game winning streak right now following a 27-20 win over Philadelphia last week. The Redskins are now 4-2 on the season and 4-2 against the spread, covering in all four wins. They are posting and allowing both 23.7 points per game. The offense is averaging 398 yards per game while the defense is giving up 383 yards per contest. After a slow start, Kirk Cousins has settled back into his role as starting quarterback. He has thrown for 1,695 yards and nine touchdowns on the season with six interceptions. Cousins will be without his top target in Jordan Reed for the second straight game as Reed hasn’t been cleared from the concussion protocol. While Washington is giving up a lot of yards on defense, it also has a good pass rush with 16 sacks. That should matchup well against Detroit which has allowed 15 sacks this season.

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Both teams have reasons to feel good about today’s game since each is riding a nice win streak. The key is consistency, which Washington has been better about. The Redskins won the NFC East last season and are now on a four-game winning streak. They have found ways to win even when not playing well. Despite Detroit being 3-3, the Lions have not looked great in their victories. They will certainly give up some big plays on defense and their pass protection/run blocking isn’t too reliable. This game should be close, with plenty of highlights, but I suspect the Redskins will make a few more plays than the Lions.



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