Monday, October 3, 2022

Lions vs. Commanders: Why Detroit Strikes Back with a Big Win in Week 2

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The Detroit Lions have a challenge ahead of them this week and face the pressure to get back on the field after a tough Week 1 loss.

With the Washington Commanders, the Lions have a chance to hit back, and while the Commanders may seem like an easier opponent, they’re 1-0 into the season after a win in Week 1, so they’re coming in with some momentum.

This week, the Lions need to find a way to slow that momentum. How will they do that? Here’s a look at some keys to the game and a prediction.

Once again, the Lions offensive line is stretched with Frank Ragnow sitting and other players, like guard Jonah Jackson, potentially being forced to sit. That’s bad news for quarterback protection.

Last week, Lions substitute Logan Stenberg did well to stay afloat, but the task will be even more desperate this week with the loss of Frank Ragnow and the likely loss of Jonah Jackson. The pressure is on to give Jared Goff time to throw and help the ongoing game do the damage it did last week.

The Lions didn’t have a good time against the Eagles and Jalen Hurts, who were nimble enough in the bag to escape and make big plays on the field.

This week the challenge is different for the Lions, who should be able to tee off slightly better at Carson Wentz. He’s not nearly as mobile, although he can play at times. With that in mind, the team’s pass rush must come home and unnerve Wentz, forcing him to make mistakes and knock him over.

The pressure is on the Lions to move forward on the defensive line this week and they should be able to do so.

Last week, the Lions had no trouble starting the 181-yard rush and three touchdowns on the ground. The passing game was a slightly different story and took much longer to gel.

The Lions had just 205 total passing yards and two passing touchdowns that day. Her top receiver, Amon-Ra St. Brown, only had 64 yards of reception. DJ Chark had 52 yards. While both scored, neither came close for 100 yards.

In order to have a more consistent offense, the Lions need to find a way to put more meat into their downfield passing attack. That means the line has to hold and games have to be made.

The Lions didn’t grab a snack last week, but at the end of the day a pick six managed to hurt the team tremendously and ultimately make the difference.

This time around, the Lions need to reverse the script and make a play or two on defense to help their offense. Their ability to do so will tell the story of whether or not they can emerge victorious, as it gives offense a leg up and defense an emotional boost.

The Lions fans did a great job staying with the team in Week 1, but will they do the same in Week 2? Whether the team was up or down, there were no boos and the team had full support to the bitter end.

That has to happen again for the lions this week. The fans must continue to make Ford Field an impressive setting as many teams would have collapsed under the pressure of Week 1.

Forecast: Lions 31, Commanders 20
The Lions performed solidly at all stages and bounced back with a terrific 1-1 win over the Commanders. Detroit finds a way to score points against Washington, doing just enough on defense to fend off opposition behind a heated crowd. It’s a big effort overall.

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Forecast: Lions 31, Commanders 20
The Lions performed solidly at all stages and bounced back with a terrific 1-1 win over the Commanders. Detroit finds a way to score points against Washington, doing just enough on defense to fend off opposition behind a heated crowd. It’s a big effort overall.

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