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Redskins Lions Betting Preview for Week 3

Detroit Lions Washington Redskins
1-1 September 22, 2013, 01:00 | FedExField 0-2

After riding RG III – almost to the point of exhaustion - to a playoff berth last year, the Washington Redskins will try to avoid an 0-3 start to this season when they host the 1-1 Detroit Lions Sunday afternoon at FedExField (1 pm ET, Fox).

As of early this week the 'Skins were favored by two points over the Lions, who just lost out in Arizona. But looking at the trends in this one, the line could be much bigger.

Washington 13-0 SU (10-3 ATS) at home to the Lions since 1981. Overall, Detroit is 2-18 SU lifetime at Washington.

Add in the Lions 2-11-1 ATS run in their past 14 road games and you have a recipe for a Redskins win, according to the NFL database anyway.

View Detroit Lions vs Washington Redskins Odds and Stats.

Oddsmakers at Bovada had the Redskins as -2.5-point favorite in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 49 at Sportsbook.ag.

The Redskins - Lions odds would favor the Redskins if the lines were set according to power ranks. Washington is rated No. 8 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Lions sit at No. 23. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 28-15 win for the Lions.

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Detroit lost its last outing, a 25-21 result against the Cardinals on September 15. The Lions failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 46 combined points took the game UNDER the total. In their last gridiron battle, Calvin Johnson did much of the damage, producing 116 receiving yards but Detroit managed to defeat the Lions 25-21 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Washington comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Robert Griffin III in a losing cause against the Packers, a 38-20 final.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 15-ranked offense (23.5 PPG) against a Lions defense that ranks No. 20 at 24.5 PPG. The Redskins passing attack has averaged 311 yards per game, more than the Lions give up through the air (243 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 139 yards per game when on the road. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Lions at Redskins trends to consider:
Detroit is 7-17-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Detroit is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Detroit's last 12 games
Detroit is 2-11-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Washington is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Washington is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Detroit at Chicago, Sunday, September 29th
Washington at Oakland, Sunday, September 29th