Washington Commanders vs. Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions host an NFC East team for the second week in a row when they host the Washington Commanders in Week 2 of the NFL season.

Commanders vs. Lions Betting Preview

Looking at NFL Week 2 of the season, one of the underrated NFL matchups this weekend will take place in Detroit. The Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions are both trending upward after lengthy rebuilding processes, and both teams have a golden opportunity to snatch a win in this matchup. 

With both teams boasting fearsome young pass rushers and skill position talent, this game could become one of the most exciting in the NFL’s second week of action.

Here, we look at the history of Commanders vs. Lions matchups and the trends bettors need to know going into this contest. 

This will allow bettors to better parse the Commanders at Lions odds for this week and make the most informed decisions possible as these teams look to kick start their season with a win.

Rivalry History

In the history of games between the Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions, Washington has had the upper hand in a big way. 

The Commanders hold a 31-15 advantage in the 46 all-time games played between these two teams. However, the Lions have won five of the last six meetings between them, dating back to the 2009 regular season.

Looking at Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions stats from the past, the Lions have had the upper hand when hosting in this series. 

They are 12-9 all-time at home against the Washington franchise and have won each of their last four home games against them. Here, Washington will look to break that streak at Ford Field.

Matchup Trends

While neither the Washington Commanders nor Detroit Lions were anywhere near the top of the NFL standings last year, one of these teams was very good at covering the spread in 2021.

 Looking at last year’s NFL stats, the Lions ranked fourth in the NFL, going 11-6 against the spread in the regular season. Washington was less impressive against the number, going 7-9-1.

When it came to over/under, both the Lions and Commanders went 7-10 to the over last season, with the majority of their games going under the total. 

Of course, last season, the Commanders did not have Carson Wentz as their quarterback. Therefore, bettors could see an entirely different Washington team this year compared to the trends from a season ago.

Venue Information

In the second week of the NFL schedule, this game will be played at Ford Field in Detroit. While the Lions were one of the worst NFL teams in 2021, they were very competitive at home, going 3-5 at home for the year. Compared to their 0-8-1 road record a season ago, the Lions were downright dangerous at Ford Field.

Betting Tips for Washington Commanders vs. Detroit Lions

When making NFL picks against the spread for this contest, bettors may wish to see how Carson Wentz fits in with the Commanders offense in Week 1 first. The NFL odds for this matchup will depend heavily on how Wentz looks in his Washington debut in September. 

While recent Commanders at Lions stats have gone in favor of Detroit, this is a very different Commanders team than the one that appeared in those past matchups.

Bettors will also want to keep an eye on how Aidan Hutchinson performs in his first week as a Lion before locking anything in on this contest.  Hutchinson went second overall in the 2022 NFL Draft and is expected to give the Lions’ pass rush a huge boost. 

With Chase Young on the opposite side on defense, Hutchinson will need to make an impact in a game like this one to help the Lions keep up with the Commanders defensively.

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