There are some teams in the NFL who are able to work within the salary cap and remain competitive year after year. On the flipside, there are several others who cannot seem to get out of their own way, and who are perennial bottom feeders. Over the last decade or so, Washington and Detroit have fallen into the latter category, but both are looking to do better this year, with Washington getting the season off to a winning start. While Detroit lost, you do have to say that the Lions were pretty competitive in Week 1, and that there might be some room for cautious optimism. All of tat can change in the blink of an eye, which makes this game very intriguing. The Lions will be looking to take advantage of home field and are in as a 1 ½ point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 48 ½. Let’s see how both teams stack up against each other so you can make your bets against their NFL Odds.
NFL Week 2 Betting Preview for Washington Commanders at Detroit Matchup
Washington versus Detroit Game Info
- When: Sunday, Sept 18 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Ford Field, Detroit
- TV: Fox
Why bet on the Washington Commanders
The Commanders came away with a 28-22 win in the opening week of the season, but with that victory coming against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, no one is going to be getting too carried away. They did get some good stuff out of Carson Wentz, who threw for over 300 yards and 4 TDs in the win, although he also had a couple of picks in there, too. The Commanders had to dig out of a hole in the 4th quarter to get the win, so a lot to be happy about. The Commanders come into this one going 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a game in which they covered the spread. In terms of the point total, the UNDER has hit in 4 of their last 5 games following an ATS win.
Why bet on the Detroit Lions
No one is ever happy with a loss, but there were still some positives to draw on for the Lions after their 38-35 loss to the Eagles in Week 1. Detroit went toe-to-toe with what looks to be a very good Eagles team and they came very close to springing the upset. They are going to need to tighten up on the defensive side if the football, but Jared Goff looked very good in that opening game and the offense did a good job of moving the football down the field. The Lions have been money at home, covering the spread in each of the last 5 games at Ford Field. In games versus teams with a winning record, Detroit has seen the UNDER hit in 5 of the last 6.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I believe we are looking at a pretty even matchup here, which seems obvious when you look at the rather slender point spread in favor of the Lions. I think Detroit does just enough to win and cover in their own building. I also think that the UNDER looks like a good bet here.
NFL Betting Pick: Washington Commanders 20 Detroit Lions 24