Sunday, November 15, 2020, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan, 1 p.m. ET
Washington Football Team at Lions Betting Preview: Washington (+4.5/-110), Lions (-4.5/-110)
Washington Football Team
Quarterback Alex Smith is set to make his first start under center for Washington since suffering a gruesome and life-threatening leg injury nearly two years ago. Smith, 36, has appeared in relief twice this season, including last week, when he passed for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in a home loss to the New York Giants. He was pressed into duty after starter Kyle Allen dislocated his left ankle.
At 2-6, Washington remains in the playoff hunt in a scuffling NFC East in which 3-4-1 Philadelphia sits atop the division standings. Washington leads the all-time series 31-14. The past three meetings between the teams have been decided by seven points or less.
Running back Antonio Gibson is battling a shoulder problem. Gibson and receiver Dontrelle Inman (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday.
The Lions (3-5) will seek to snap a two-game losing streak and earn their first victory at Ford Field this season as they look to remain alive in the NFC playoff picture.
Detroit is coming off a 34-20 road loss to Minnesota that saw the Lions allow Dalvin Cook to run for 206 yards on 9.4 yards a carry. Detroit also permitted three passing touchdowns from Kirk Cousins, who completed 65 percent (13 of 20) of his passes.
Receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) was questionable with his injury early in the week. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who passed for 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before giving way to backup Chase Daniel last week, will welcome all the healthy weapons he can get against an active Washington defense that boasts seven players with at least two sacks. Stafford is battling a neck injury but practiced on Wednesday.
Washington at Lions Betting Pick for Week 10
Naturally, Smith’s return to the starting lineup has been the early talking point of this meeting between two struggling yet playoff-hopeful NFC teams, but Washington can’t overlook his late woes that turned the tide against the Giants last week.
Detroit has allowed 75 points over the past two weeks, and the ‘D’ likely will have to come up with a key takeaway and improve its meager success against the run to keep this from being a possession-for-possession shootout.
Look for Lions running back Adrian Peterson to have success against his former team to complement the Detroit passing attack.
Washington at Lions Betting Pick:
Lions 27, Washington 23
Washington at Lions Best Bet for Week 10
Washington’s defense has allowed an average of 185.6 passing yards a game this season, tops in the NFL. Still, that success has come against the second fewest pass attempts in the league.
Look for Stafford to outshine Smith down the stretch as both offenses rev up as the game progresses.
Washington at Lions Best Bet: OVER 46.5 total points (-110)