DETROIT—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 23, seven days before the Washington Redskins travel to London to play Bengals.
—Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Lions 1 p.m., FOX
—Days until: Redskins vs. Bengals in London 7; Vikings @ Redskins 21; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 33
Injuries of note:
To Injured Reserve—Doctson (Achilles)
Final injury report
Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Lions
—The Lions have given up a combined passer rating of 119.3 to opposing quarterbacks. Yes, they have played some good ones like Aaron Rodgers but they have also faced Brian Hoyer and Case Keenum. That pace is historically bad and Kirk Cousins and company should be able to continue to attack them with good results.
—The Lions’ two top running backs, their best defensive lineman (Haloti Ngata), and top tight end (Eric Ebron) are all out of the game with injuries. The Redskins are a little banged up but they are the healthier of the two teams going in.
—Without running backs Ameer Abdullah, who is on injured reserve with a foot injury, and Theo Riddick, out with an ankle problem, the Lions have not been able to generate much of a rushing attack. They haven’t gone over 83 yards in a game since Week 2. Of course, the Redskins’ rushing defense, even during the four-game winning streak, has remained suspect. We will see if ex-Raven Justin Forsett and second-year back Zach Zenner can get anything done on the ground.
—Can the Redskins get Matt Jones and Rob Kelley rolling in the rushing game? The Lions’ rushing defense is not much better statistically than the Redskins’ is. They rank 27th at 4.7 yards per carry. It looks like the only reason they aren’t down near the bottom in yards allowed is because nobody runs against them. It’s an opportunity for Jones and Kelley but there’s no guarantee they will be able to take advantage of it.
—Everything looks set up for a Redskins win. Strength against strength, the Redskins passing game vs. the Lions pass defense and Matthew Stafford against the Redskins’ rush and secondary, the Redskins have the edge. If the Redskins get their running game going, that's better. It’s not like the visitors are good enough to go out and blow the Lions’ doors off but I see a comfortable win.
Redskins 28, Lions 17
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