The Detroit Lions have won two straight at home and are looking to give the Washington Redskins their first road loss of the season when the two meet on Sunday, October 23rd at Ford Field. Here are the odds for people who bet on NFL at a sportsbook:
Redskins +1 (-110) 49 (-110) EV
Lions -1 (-110) 49 (-110) -120
After starting the season 0-2, the Redskins have gone on the warpath and won four games in a row. The latest victims were the Philadelphia Eagles, who fell 27-20 to Washington. Kirk Cousins finished 18 of 34 for 263 yards with TD passes to wide receiver Jamison Crowder and tight end Vernon Davis. The triple threat of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley, and Chris Thompson contributed 231 of the Redskins 493 offensive yards. The Eagles’ defense came into Sunday as the second best in the league, and intercepted Cousins once for a 64-yard return TD. However, it was Washington’s defense that got the spoils of the day, sacking rookie QB Carson Wentz five times.
The Detroit Lions’ 31-28 win over the LA Rams might have seemed like a rerun to people who bet on NFL. For the second straight week, the Lions picked up the W with a Matt Prater field goal followed by a defensive back intercepting a pass in the next possession. The only difference this time was Rafael Bush making the interception instead of Darius ‘Santa’s’ Slay. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford went 23 of 31 for 270 yards with a season-best four TDs. Wide receiver Golden ‘McMann &’ Tate had four catches for a career-best 165 yards and one score. Marvin Jones, Anquan Boldin, and Andre Roberts caught TD passes from Stafford as well.
This Sunday’s will be the Lions third straight home game (as well as five of their last seven at Ford Field), of which they have won the previous two – and they hope (as do Detroit fans who bet on NFL) to make it three. As seen above, Detroit has also been able to find ways – or rather the same way twice – to pull victories out of thin air. On the other hand, the Redskins have won five away games in a row, including two this regular season. Making this match-up even more interesting is that the outcome will more than likely have an impact on the NFC wild card race.
The Lions are gaining on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North, while the Redskins are closing in on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. However, while Cousins and Washington have playing well, that is only in comparison to a lousy start. Conversely, Detroit might not be setting the world on fire either, but there is no denying that Stafford is arguably having the best season of his career so far – in particular the past two games. Washington is 5-0 against the spread in their previous five away games and 6-2 against the spread in their past eight games in the month of October. Detroit is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games with home field advantage.