LOCATION: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
BETTING LINE: DET -1
REDSKINS PLAYER TO WATCH
Minus one horrible pick six last week, Kirk Cousins played a decent game. Unfortunately this has been said quite a bit about Cousins this year. This week he’ll look to kick the bad habits and finally take that next step. Against a Detroit defense that has three interceptions on the season, Cousin is looking to get his TD/INT ratio up.
The defense has been hugely impressive as of late and the running backs and receivers are taking huge strides in their game. If Kirk Cousins can get rolling in Detroit, it might be time for the rest of the league to take notice of the defending NFC East champions.
LIONS PLAYER TO WATCH
Matthew Stafford is off to a good start this year, ranking in the top 10 in YDS, YDS/G, and TDs. After dropping three in a row, Stafford is looking to keep his offensive machine rolling to its third straight win in as many games at home.
Stafford has the ability to truly test this Redskins’ secondary. He has been extremely effective at spreading the ball to a deep corps of receivers, a great tool to challenge a beat up Redskins secondary. With a hot Marvin Jones, as well as Golden Tate coming off a great game, Stafford is in good position for a great turnout.
REDSKINS POSITION GROUP PREVIEW
This group was so explosive last week, but will have their hands quite full against this Detroit defensive line.
This running back corps had a break out game against one of the top defenses in the league last week. They look to continue rolling against a Detroit defense that has allowed only one rushing touchdown through six weeks.
This deep receiver group looks to take advantage of a secondary that has allowed 17 passing touchdowns. While they will still be with Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder has stepped up greatly in his absence.
GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS
After picking up a much needed win at home against a division opponent, the Washington Redskins are on the road in Week 7 to face the Detroit Lions. Detroit, coming off a close win in a back-and-forth game against Los Angeles, looks to continue their undefeated home stand.
This game will be likely won in the trenches. Washington’s offensive line made enormous holes in Philadelphia’s defense last week, leading the way for a great day rushing the football. Trent Williams and the rest of the line will certainly have their hands full with a Detroit defense that has allowed only one rushing touchdown so far this season.
Until last week, the Redskins had struggled to adequately defend the run. The Lions meanwhile, have struggled to adequately run the ball, however that may be in part to the Lions recent misfortunes with injuries at the running back position. Detroit is averaging 88.7 rushing yards per game. The Redskins defense is allowing an average of 124 rushing yards per game this season. If Detroit has questions at the running back position, this is the week to find their answers.
While their rush defense has submitted very rarely this season, the Lions have allowed a league high 17 passing touchdowns. This week seems like a perfect opportunity for Kirk Cousins to continue his resurgence and prove he deserves that $20 million.
LIONS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
This group has given up 15 sacks in just six weeks and will be facing a front seven that feels they have a lot to prove in this game.
While they rank in the middle of the pack in rushing YDS/G, this group can lock down when necessary. A crucial goal line stand made a huge difference in their game last week against the Rams, and they’ll look to continue their dominance in preventing rushing touchdowns.
Detroit’s secondary has given up an meager 271 passing yards per game. Kirk Cousins may finally be coming to form and the Lions will have their hands full with a deep, intimidating receiving corps.