The Detroit Lions are just one-point favorites over Washington for Sunday’s game. That really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Though Detroit is riding a two-game winning streak, it’s also been obviously apparent all year that this is a deeply flawed team on defense. That being said, Matthew Stafford is playing out of his mind and carrying the team on his back. Every single Lions game this season has been decided by a single possession. So if the Lions are to be favored in any game, it shouldn’t be by much.
Washington is on a roll, too, winning four straight. They, too, have shown to be a flawed team at times. Kirk Cousins has been inconsistent, and Washington was straight up routed by the Steelers in Week 1. They’ve been much better since, but they’ve also escaped games against the Giants and Ravens with narrow wins.
So given that both teams are playing well but inconsistently, today’s Question of the Day is:
What percentage chance do you give the Lions to beat Washington?
My answer: As noted in my preview, I don’t think the Lions are going to win against Washington. I think Washington’s defense will be enough to force the Lions into a few mistakes on Sunday. And as we’ve seen through six games, the Detroit defense is highly unlikely to give Washington any trouble. All that being said, I do believe Stafford will keep the Lions in the game well into the fourth quarter, leaving any outcome truly possible. I’ll give Detroit a 35% chance of moving to 4-3.