Lions vs. Washington: Betting odds, injuries, weather, deciding factor

Detroit Lions middle linebacker Jarrad Davis (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions middle linebacker Jarrad Davis (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Detroit Lions’ quest to become playoff relevant continues in Week 10

The Detroit Lions host the Washington Football Team in Week 10, both teams come into the contest under .500. Let’s dive into the betting odds, injuries, weather, and the deciding factor.

The Lions are home favorites in this game and are looking to move to 4-5 on the year to potentially “save” head coach Matt Patricia’s job. While Washington is looking to win with new starting quarterback Alex Smith.

Detroit Lions vs Washington: The Betting Odds and Lines

The Lions are currently listed as 4.5-point favorites, courtesy of the Action Network. The over/under is set at 46.5, the lack of good defensive play by Detroit and the mediocre offense displayed by Washington affected oddsmakers’ decision when creating this line.

Key Injuries

The injury report showed that the Lions are relatively healthy and the only major concern is that wide receiver Kenny Golladay is out again with the same nagging hip injury. Although they will be without their top wideout they should still manage to be lethal as Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola will have to step up again along with the rest of the receiving group.

As far as Washington’s injuries, they’re pretty banged up. Quarterback Kyle Allen, wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, tackle Geron Christian, and linebacker Jared Norris have all been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

The Weather

For the bettors who worry about the weather affecting the outcome of the game, good news this week as it will not be a factor for offense, defense, or special teams. The game will be played at Ford Field, which is in a dome.

The Deciding Factor

One of the main deciding factors of this game will be how well Detroit’s offensive line protects quarterback Matthew Stafford against a stout pass rush from Washington. Washington’s defense is currently ranked fifth in the NFL.

Stafford and the offense are looking to bounce back after a horrible outing last week with multiple turnovers. As mentioned throughout the year, if the Lions can eliminate the turnovers and establish the run then they will be very effective on offense. This game will be won in the trenches. Will Detroit’s offensive line show up or will Washington’s defensive line prevail?

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All things pending, this game should be very close as two below-average teams will battle it out for pride as the playoffs for either team is a long shot. As always, please bet responsibly.