The Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins will kick off NFL preseason week 2 betting action this Thursday at 7:30 PM ET.
The Lions already look like they are in mid-season form. The return of a healthy Megatron and the addition of flashy rookie rusher Amir Abdullah make Detroit a Super Bowl 50 sleeper pick. More on him later.
We had hoped the offseason would help the dysfunctional Washington squad, but it seems as business as usual in the capitol. Pierre Garcon was picking fights with J.J. Watt during their joint practice for HBO’s Hard Knocks. Then he was dropping TD passes during their preseason week 1 game. Now, Robert Griffin III is spouting off that he is the greatest QB in the league. Prove it!
Before the Lions play the Redskins this week, they're ignoring RGIII talk. D.Slay even said he had the same attitude: http://t.co/kPf867wFHH
— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) August 18, 2015
A Closer Look At The Detroit vs Washington NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Spread, My Expert Against The Pick &TV Info
Detroit Lions vs Washington
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
Odds: Washington -2.5
Game Total: 40
TV: FOX2 (Detroit) and NBC (Washington)
Radio: Detroit vs Washington
The Detroit Lions looked awfully comfortable in their first preseason game. In their 23-3 win over the New York Jets, rookie RB Ameer Abdullah showed flashes of what made him a college star. If the Lions brain-trust decide Abdullah is ready for big NFL spotlight then this team has a Super Bowl shot.
Abdullah did everything a rookie dreams of doing in their first game in the NFL. He showed off speed, power, vision and jaw-dropping lateral quickness. The Lions’ 2nd-round pick sliced and diced the Jets above average for 67 yards on just seven carries — including a jaw-dropping 45-yard scamper. Most of his work came early in the game against the Jets’ first team starters.
QB Matthew Stafford threw a 35-yard touchdown to WR Golden Tate and both looked in midseason form. If Stafford can expand his vision past Megatron week in and week out, this offense has a chance to break some records and hearts.
“I think he’s [Stafford] an outstanding leader. He works, he’s committed and he has talent. I think those things all add up to a guy that, in his second year of our offense, will show that. I don’t think that there will be any question about him”, head coach Jim Caldwell told Detroit Jock City.
WR Calvin Johnson suited up against the NY Jets get onto the field. Caldwell hasn’t given any word on if he will play in Washington. Johnson is Stafford’s favorite target, we all know that, but the Lions need to manage his snaps to ensure Megatron’s health late in the season.
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Matthew Stafford (4257 yds, 22 TDs, 12 INTs)||S DeAndre Levy (151 tackles)|
|RB Joique Bell (860 yds, 7 TDs)||LB Glover Quin (7 INTs)|
|WR Golden Tate (1331 yds, 4 TDs)||DT Ndamukong Suh (8.5 sacks)|
The Lions will be facing a Washington defense that allowed two touchdowns last weeks from the two main Cleveland Browns quarterbacks, in the Redskins 20-17 win during their first preseason outing. The Browns scored via a QB Josh McCown pass and a QB Johnny Manziel TD run, and the only QB that was picked off was Tad Lewis. Washington defense could have a lot of trouble against a Detroit’s offense, which looked at a fast pace against the Jets.
On offense, Head Coach Jay Gruden gave backup QB Kirk Cousins, most of the snaps against the Browns, and it’s not a surprise, considering they are trying to keep Robert Griffin III healthy. Cousins went 12-14 for 154 yards without a score or an interception, while RGIII completed 4-8 for 36 yards, but to be fair WR Pierre Garcon dropped a sure-fire TD.
“I just think his comfort in the pocket looked a little bit better,” Gruden said of RGIII, via the Associated Press. “We still have a long way to go to grade him, but we’re happy with his progress. We’ve just got to continue to work with him and be positive and go from there.”
|2014 Offensive Leaders||2014 Defensive Leaders|
|QB Kirk Cousins (1710 yds,10 TDs, 9 INTs)||LB Keenan Robinson (109 tackles)|
|RB Alfred Morris (1074 yds, 2 TDs)||CB Greg Ducre (7 INTs)|
|WR DeSean Jackson (1169 yds, 6 TDs)||LB Ryan Kerrigan (6.5 sacks)|
My NFL Preseason Week 2 ATS Pick: Detroit 28-24 Washington.
The Lions are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Redskins are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Lions are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Washington.
|Matt Shepard, Rob Rubick, Nate Burleson
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|7:30 ET||Kenny Albert, Joe Theismann
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WSLS (NBC/10 – Roanoke VA)
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