NFL Betting – Washington at Detroit

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

The Washington Redskins are slight favorites in NFL betting at the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

The Redskins are 4-3 on the season and they are coming off a win last week at Chicago.  The Lions are 1-5 this season straight up but they are 5-1 against the point spread.

The Lions had a bye last week and it came at a great time for them because now they can put Matthew Stafford back into the starting lineup.  Stafford is the franchise quarterback and the Lions will be happy to see him return.

Washington’s Defense
The Redskins won last week in Chicago thanks to their defense. In particular they can thank DeAngelo Hall who intercepted Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler a total of four times.  Hall is the third player since 1970 with four interceptions and a TD in one game.  Washington sacked Cutler four times and forced six turnovers. The Redskins are now 4-3 this season which means they have already won as many games as they did all of last year and they look like a team to consider with your NFL bet at the Sbg sportsbook.

McNabb and Torain
The Redskins have an efficient offense with quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Ryan Torain.  McNabb threw for 200 yards with a touchdown and interception last week while Torain had 125 yards on 21 carries.

Stafford’s Return
The Lions have gotten good play out of their backup quarterbacks as Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton have played well but there is no one in Detroit, other than Stanton who doesn’t realize that the future for Detroit is in Stafford’s hands.  Stafford has missed the last five games while recovering from a separated AC Joint in his throwing shoulder but he is expected to start on Sunday.  He said last week he was almost back at 100%. Running back Jahvid Best said the team is expecting a boost with Stafford’s return.

Trends Favor Washington
The Redskins have won 7 of the last 10 against Detroit and they are 6-4 against the NFL betting point spread.  The teams met last season in Detroit and it was the Lions who came away with the 19-14 win.  The Redskins won the previous season in Detroit by a score of 25-17.  Both of those games went under the total.

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