I was way off with last week’s bold prediction, forecasting the Dallas Cowboys to lean on Zeke to capitalize on the Lions’ run defense struggles. They ended up going in the opposite direction, with quarterback Dak Prescott lighting up the defense to the tune of 400+ passing yards.
This week, the Lions defense has to rebound. Washington is arguably the worst team in the league and is working under an interim head coach and rookie quarterback. They fell to the New York Jets last week by a score of 34-17, in the process snapping a 17-quarter touchdown drought. Their offense is not good.
Bold prediction of the week: Lions hold Washington to 10 points or fewer
The Lions defense has given up 30.8 points per game over the last five games, and it hasn’t been pretty. This week will be a nice change of pace. The Lions have made bad quarterbacks like Daniel Jones and Mitchell Trubisky look good when they face each other, but this week is a new low. Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be making only his third start in a very dysfunctional offense.
While Haskins will certainly get more comfortable as the game progresses, the team’s only notable weapon is rookie receiver Terry McLaurin. It’s likely that either Darius Slay or Justin Coleman will shadow McLaurin given his speed and smaller stature, but aside from that even the Lions’ less-than-stellar secondary should match up well with Washington’s receivers.
In the trenches, the Lions should resolve their struggles of recent weeks as the Washington offensive line isn’t much good either. I would expect Jarrad Davis to finally finish the job on some off-ball blitzes.
Overall, the Lions may not have the strongest roster but Washington has close to the worst. If the Lions defense can’t contain the Washington offense with ease Sunday, take all hope you have for this team and throw it out the window.