This match-up was a snoozer last season, as the Skins handled the Lions 34-3, holding them to just 144 yards of total offense in the process. NFL betting gurus found lots of success backing Washington in the month of August, going 3-1 ATS.
The football betting odds haven’t been as nice since, as they have lost against back-to-back spreads, and narrowly escaped a second straight embarrassing home defeat on Sunday afternoon against the Browns.
It appeared as though the Washington (5-2, 4-3 ATS) defense was going to hang on to a cover when they held Cleveland off the scoreboard after getting the ball 1st and goal at the Washington 1-yard line midway through the 4th quarter. At the end though, the Skins had to wait until K Phil Dawson’s final boot sailed wide to celebrate their fifth victory of the season.
The Lions (0-6, 2-4 ATS) may not have the bagel out of the win column yet, but they’ve managed to cover back-to-back NFL betting lines away from home. It’s the first time that the football betting gods have smiled on Detroit in consecutive weeks since October of last season. It didn’t come without a harsh fight from the Texans, though.
Houston went up three scores in the first half, but QB Dan Orlovsky led two 2nd half touchdown drives to keep the final 28-21 margin of victory within the 11-point spread. The Lions still rank 30th or worse in every major defensive category in the NFL. It should come as no surprise that the Skins have a lofty number to beat this weekend.
Oddsmakers have installed them as lofty 8-point road favorites, and have set the ‘total’ at 43.5. Consider looking at the ‘under’ this weekend despite the Lions’ defensive woes. Not only is Washington 5-2 for ‘under’ bettors this year, but the L/4 meetings between these teams have gone ‘under’ the posted ‘total’ by an average of almost 17 points per game.