MJL456: The public is mostly split on this game with the Panthers strugglin

The public is mostly split on this game with the Panthers strugglin

24 Oct 2017 at 12:24am
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions looked like they were headed down a familiar, disappointing path.Detroit dropped to 1/3 this month, playing poorly enough to allow weak Chicago to beat it. The Lions lost seven of their first eight games last year, leading to a front-office shake-up and the offensive coordinator losing his job, and some were wondering whether coach Jim Caldwell on his way out.Detroit then knocked off unbeaten Philadelphia and ended Los Angeles three-game winning streak this October.That has gotten the attention of the Washington Redskins.Theyre 3-3. Youre not used to a Detroit team having that type of record, Washington defensive end Ricky Jean Francois said. Most people are used to them having losing records. Now they dont because theyre getting their `move and groove about things back. Matt Stafford is the guy who understands the game. So if they need a win, believe me, he can get the job done.Stafford , who will be playing in his 100th game Sunday, is just 45-54 since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009. In Detroits last two wins, he moved the team down the field to set up winning kicks late in each game.Here are some things to watch when the Redskins (4-2) aim to extend their winning streak to five games against the Lions:COUSINS COMES HOMERedskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, a Michigan native and former Michigan State star, will make his first NFL start in Detroit, a place that held special meaning to him growing up because it is the site of the states high school championship games.We always talked as high school football players and as kids, playing at Ford Field, Cousins said. Never even considered being able to do it as a professional player.Cousins has thrown eight touchdowns and three interceptions during Washingtons streak.NOT TOO TIGHTThe Lions have struggled all season to cover tight ends and they will be challenged to reverse the trend regardless of who plays the position for the Redskins. Even though Jordan Reed was ruled out for a second straight week with a concussion, 32-year-old Vernon Davis scored last week and had 50-plus yards receiving for the second time this season. The last time Davis played the Lions, he was with San Francisco and scored twice in the 2012 matchup.We got our hands full, Detroit safety Rafael Bush acknowledged. We understand that. Vernon Davis is still very, very fast and explosive. Whether Reed plays or not, we have to pay attention to Vernon because he can be a threat.STINGY SCHEMEWashington has not allowed a second-half touchdown in four games or a touchdown of any kind in seven quarters. Ryan Kerrigan led a five-sack effort against Philadelphia. Washington has thrived on defense despite not forcing turnovers the way it did earlier in the season.Were not giving up the big plays and the touchdowns and the momentum-swinging type plays, coach Jay Gruden said.JUST FOR KICKSRedskins kicker Dustin Hopkins is 15 for 16 on field goals this season. He missed a 58-yard kick into the wind that Gruden said he shouldnt have attempted. Gruden trusted Hopkins enough to try a 50-yarder against the Eagles.We dont blink sending him out there, Gruden said.Detroits Matt Prater has missed only one of his 10 field-goal attempts, a 43-yard kick at Green Bay. He made winning kicks in the last two games and had one in Week 1 at Indianapolis, giving him 11 in his career with two or fewer minutes left or in overtime. The 10-year veteran said having go-ahead kicks followed up by victory-sealing interceptions, as happened against the Rams and Eagles in consecutive weeks, was unusual.Ive never had that happen in back-to-back weeks like that, Prater said.INJURY REPORTThe Redskins will be missing one and possibly two of Cousins top targets. Reed is out and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is listed as questionable. Jackson said he thinks hell be able to play. The banged-up Lions will have to line up for at least a second straight game without four key players: tight end Eric Ebron (ankle, knee), linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee, quadriceps), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and running back Theo Riddick (ankle). They also may have to find another offensive lineman to fill in for Corey Robinsons role as an eligible receiver, lining up as a blocking tight end. 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ESPN Chalks Vegas experts are here to provide analysis and best bets for all Week 6 games, including Sundays Carolina-New Orleans matchup.Note: All odds courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Friday morning.Home page for all Week 6 gamesMatchup: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans SaintsSpread:?Opened Carolina -3 (-120); now Carolina -3 (EVEN) Total:?Opened 53; now 53.5 PickCenter public consensus pick: 56 percent New OrleansPublic perceptioon: The public is mostly split on this game with the Panthers struggling at 1-4 even if Cam Newton returns (as of this writing, he practiced Wednesday but wasnt completely through the leagues concussion protocol to be cleared to play Sunday).dddddddddddd The public does tend to like teams coming off a bye like the Saints. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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