Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions Betting – NFL Week 10, 2020

By Admir Aljic in NFL
| November 9, 2020 12:27 pm PDT

The Washington Football Team snapped a five-game losing skid with a comfortable home victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but then they suffered another defeat to the divisional rivals New York Giants, the second of the season. After that loss, Washington dropped to a 2-6 record but is still only one win behind the NFC East leaders Philadelphia Eagles.

The Detroit Lions defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons on the road but then lost two in a row to the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings, allowing even 75 points in the process. They are not in a great position in the NFC North with a 3-5 record as the Green Bay Packers stand at 6-2, but the Lions will try to improve their playoff chances by winning the game on Sunday. Check out my Washington vs. Lions betting prediction.

Odds for Washington vs. Lions

Washington +3.5-110
Lions -3.5-110
Washington to win+150
Lions to win-167
Over 46.5-110
Under 46.5-110

Washington Fell Short to the Giants at Home

The Washington Football Team suffered another narrow defeat to the divisional rivals New York Giants. After losing by only one point earlier in the season, they now lost 23-20 at home, but the game was never in their hands as the visitors even had a 20-3 lead at halftime. Starting QB Kyle Allen sustained an ankle injury in the first half and was forced to leave the clash, so veteran Alex Smith had to come in and finish. Washington played way better in the second 30 minutes and scored 17 points while allowing only three on the other end. However, that was not enough to avoid a loss. The hosts committed even five turnovers opposite zero by the Giants.

Alex Smith completed 24 of 32 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. He connected with Terry McLaurin for that lone TD, and it was a monstrous 68-yard pass as McLaurin recorded 115 yards on seven catches. Cam Sims added 110 yards on just three receptions, while Antonio Gibson had one rushing touchdown. On the defensive end, Washington posted five sacks, while rookie safety led the bunch with 11 tackles (six solos) and one sack.

Washington is the 30th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 19.1 points per game, 26th in passing yards (214.1), 29th in rushing yards (92.3), while they have the 11th defense that allows 23.5 points per contest.

Lions Couldn’t Handle Delvin Cook in a Loss to the Vikings

The Detroit Lions were helpless against the red-hot Delvin Cook and Minnesota Vikings in a 34-20 road loss. They allowed even 206 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries to Cook, and although the Lions had 30 first downs opposite Minnesota’s 22, they committed three turnovers, while the Vikings committed none. Additionally, Detroit lost quarterback Matt Stafford in the fourth quarter to a suspected concussion caused by a hit as he landed on a leg of Vikings’ defender, but the results came back negative.

Stafford completed 23 of 32 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, while his substitute, Chase Daniel, finished the tilt with eight completions from 13 passes for one TD and one interception. Danny Amendola led the team in receiving with 77 on seven receptions, but Marvin Jones Jr. and T.J. Hockenson were the ones to find the endzone. D’Andre Swift added 64 rushing yards on 13 carries. Jamie Collins Sr.  and Jayron Kearse played well on defense with 17 tackles combined.

The Lions are the 19th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 24.6 points per game, 15th in passing yards (257.9), 25th in rushing yards (101.1), while they have the 28th defense that allows 30.0 points per contest.

Washington vs. Lions Pick

Detroit’s No. 1 receiver Kenny Golladay might miss this game as well, so Stafford could have problems with the best secondary in the NFL that allows only 185.6 yards per contest. Washington is not as good when it comes to rushing defense, so I am pretty sure Swift, Adrian Peterson, and Kerryon Johnson will tear them apart. The Lions desperately need this win and considering Washington’s form of late, I don’t see the visitors getting a victory here. I am going with the hosts to win and cover the spread.

Pick
  • Detroit Lions -3.5
    -110

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