TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 22, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: FedEx Field
Weather: Low 57, High 79
Line: Washington (-1)
All the talk of the first couple weeks of the season has been about the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III. Are the Redskins in trouble with RG3 apparently struggling? His first half stats this season are atrocious. He has combined for 160 yards in the first half of games this season to go along with a quarterback rating of just two. On the other hand, he has been dominant in second halves, mainly because he is passing a lot, trying to play catch-up. Mike Shanahan has said he’s sticking with his guy and it will prove to be the correct choice in the long-run because Kirk Cousins is just not ready yet. Alfred Morris has done all he can to help out Griffin III with 152 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown.
After losing a tough game in week two, the Detroit Lions have fallen to 1-1 and look to try and prove everyone wrong with a playoff run like they had two seasons ago. Matthew Stafford has been solid — as always — so far this season with 635 yards and four touchdowns. He has connected with his favorite target, and best wide out in football, Calvin Johnson 10 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns this season. After a tough week one performance, Johnson broke out in week two with 100-plus yards and two scores. Reggie Bush has been a solid addition to the run game, and the pass game, this season with 115 rush yards and 145 receiving yards and a touchdown. He suffered a minor injury in week two against the Arizona Cardinals, but should be back for week three against the Redskins.
Defensively, the Lions are improved from last season. They rank in the middle of the pack in rush yards against and pass yards against — both ranked 15th in the league. Also, they have only allowed 24.5 points per game — the best mark in the NFC North. On the other hand, the Washington Redskins are in the bottom of the league in yards allowed per game — they have allowed over 1,000 yards through two games and are on pace to give up the most yards in NFL history. This could be a big day for Stafford and Bush as they also give up over 200 rush yards per game this season.
PREDICTION: Lions 34, Redskins 37