Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins Week 7 Preview

Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins Week 7 Preview

Our weekly Detroit Lions preview contains comments from six bloggers who passionately follow the team. They offer tips on what or who to focus on and make predictions on the outcome.

FUNDAMENTALS:

Opponent: Washington Redskins

When: Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.

Television: Fox 2 Detroit

Radio: WJR-AM 760

WHAT’S ON THE LINE:

A record above .500 for the first time since Week 1. The way to get their is for the Lions offense to continue their prolific ways. Jim Bob Cooter and Matthew Stafford are proving to have a productive relationship. It is the biggest factor for the Lions 3-3 record. Getting three straight victories at home could propel the team to a tough two game road trip. First, against the Houston Texans, who are already 4-0 at home. Second, versus the Minnesota Vikings, who are equally flawless (except both home and on the road). A loss against Washington at Ford Field seriously tarnishes the Lions playoff hopes.

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WATCH FOR…

  1. Von Lozon: Justin Forsett. He played just 12 snaps last week. His five carries and one pass target yielded only five yards. With Theo Roddick not expected to play, expect Forsett’s workload to increase. Forsett will share the backfield with Zach Zenner, who played well last week, and Dwayne Washington who is expected to return from injury. Forsett came to the Lions because of his struggles in Baltimore, averaging only 3.2 yards per carry, so it’s interesting to see if the change in scenery can help him return to the player he was in 2014 when he rushed for 1,266 yards and a 5.4 yards per carry average.
  1. Kyle Mallett: Jim Caldwell. The much maligned coach needs to continue this winning streak and prove to his critics that he can lead the Lions back into a competitive group. Caldwell must have his team ready to play against a Washington team that has won four in a row, two of those games on the road against quality opponents. A win will cool his seat off for the time being. A loss means more angry “fire Caldwell” articles.
  1. Kent Platte: Laken Tomlinson and the defensive line. I’m hoping the Lions keep Tomlinson at right guard, where he proved to be not only capable, but good. With team health improving, I’m looking to see what decisions the team makes when guys come back and if they can find ways to make what’s broken work.
  1. Nick Kostora: Defensive adjustments. When Case Keenum is completing 84 percent of his passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, you know your defense is mind-boggling awful. There is no way around it right now, and the Lions must find ways to disguise the holes at linebacker and in the secondary. The Lions’ offense is good enough to hang with anyone in football, but Washington’s passing game is more potent than the one in Los Angeles, and the defense needs to start helping this team win games.
  1. Kevin Remenap: How the Lions handle success. Coming off two wins against a beatable team within the conference, and at home, this is a game that a good team wins. There is a chance the Lions sneak into the playoff hunt if they win…which is usually when they plant the dagger in our hearts. Will they be ready to play? Will they have a solid game plan? Or are we going to see the Same Old Lions?
  1. Michael Berson: Golden Tate. This time, we should be watching Golden Tate for a good reason. With eight catches and 165 yards, hopefully he can string together some impactful games and get back on track. If he does well again this weekend, it will prove Tate is back to his usual self.

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Predictions:

Von Lozon (2-4): The Lions three wins this season have ben by a cumulative total of eight points; the three losses, a total of 11. So, they haven’t won or lost by a big margin. Every game has been tight. Expect the same to happen Sunday, especially if Jordan Reed is healthy enough to play. Covering the tight end position has been a huge problem for the injury depleted defense, so if Reed is in I would look for Kirk Cousins to expose the defense. So, the Lions offense will need to continue their stellar play. Beating Washington would give Detroit three straight wins against teams with winning records. Lions 27, Redskins 24

Kyle Mallett (3-3): I simply cannot pick the Lions in this one. The Redskins are firing on all cylinders right now. They have the league’s fifth ranked offense. Quarterback Kirk Cousins ranks sixth in the league in passing with 1,695 passing yards.  Washington’s running back, Matt Jones, is coming off a fantastic game where he had 135 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. If Jordan Reed plays, both of these players play the Lions linebackers will be seriously overmatched. Even if Reed is out, the Skins will pay Vernon Davis at TE and he had a touchdown with 50 receiving yards last week. Redskins 34, Lions 28

Kent Platte (2-4): The Lions’ offense has shown it can enforce its will on a pass rush with some improved creativity from Jim Bob Cooter while Matthew Stafford is on a whole different level from precious seasons. Meanwhile, the defense couldn’t stop Case Keenum and Kenny Britt, so this game isn’t going to be a defensive fare. Lions 48, Redskins 40

Nick Kostora (2-4): Last week, I thought the Rams’ offense would simply wear down Detroit’s defense, and while that was correct to a degree, the Lions and Matthew Stafford executed the same strategy more effectively. I trust the offense, and Stafford, but seeing Keenum and Britt torch the secondary has given more reason for caution than optimism. Redskins 34, Lions 24

Kevin Remenap (2-4): I’m not going to stretch THAT far and say the Lions are a good team (for that, refer back to my Kool-Aid piece), but this is a winnable game, especially at home. The Lions will win this game in yet another squeaker. Lions 24, Redskins 21

Michael Berson (2-4): The Lions will play as well on offense as they did last week. But the defense has to show up; otherwise it will be a shootout yet again. My hunch is that Ziggy Ansah will look better than he did last week after a return from injury. Lions 35, Redskins 24

 

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Von Lozon

Von Lozon

Broadcasting and Journalism student at Central Michigan University. Assistant manager @TBHReport. Co-founder FanPointSports.com. Sports writer @CMLife. Intern @TrentonTrib



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