Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins Matchup Preview 11/24/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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Both the (3-6-1) Lions and the (1-9) Redskins have lost most hope of playoff chances. They both sit in last place in their divisions with quarterback problems. The Lions have been criticized for how they handled Matthew Stafford’s injury. He has been dealing with a fracture in his back in which he might have played through. There is a chance that he will miss the remainder of the season which is likely since the Lions don’t need him to play. Until then, Jeff Driskel will resume his job as the starting quarterback. The Redskins have tried three different quarterbacks for non-injury reasons. First was Case Keenum, then Dwayne Haskins, then Colt McCoy. None worked so they returned to Case Keenum. That still didn’t work out, so they have decided to develop their first-round draft pick, Dwayne Haskins, as he will likely be their quarterback of the future. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: FedExField – Landover, MD
Detroit Lions: CB Jamal Agnew (Q), C Frank Ragnow (Q), QB Matthew Stafford (O), DE Trey Flowers (Q), DE Da’Shawn Hand (Q), DE Romeo Okwara (Q), OT Rick Wagner (Q)
Washington Redskins: P Tress Way (Q), DT Daron Payne (Q), DT Tim Settle (Q), RB Chris Thompson (Q), S Deshazor Everett (Q), WR Paul Richardson Jr. (Q), TE Vernon Davis (Q)
Detroit Lions Analysis
The Lions have severely struggled recently, losing their last three games in a row. They went from having a solid chance of making the playoffs to losing almost all hope. The loss of Matthew Stafford has had a big effect on that. Stafford had been playing one of his best season thus far before his injury. They also lost their number one running back, Kerryon Johnson, to injury as well, who is currently on injured reserve. They signed Bo Scarbrough to give the run game a boost but injuries have hurt the future of this season.
The Redskins should be a gimme for the Lions. The Lions started out hot as one of the better teams in the league. Jeff Driskel has stepped up in Stafford’s place and not looked horrible. In Scarbrough’s first game back, he rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. The Redskins are bad against the rush, allowing 133.9 yards per game. I would expect him to get more than 14 carries this week and a lot more yards. Most of their touchdowns are allowed through the air, so Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones should be getting a lot of red zone work.
Detroit Lions Depth Chart
Washington Redskins Analysis
The Redskins have decided to lean on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins for the rest of the season. It is the better move as they look forward to the future. Experience is the best way to develop young players and this is the way that Haskins will improve. The low-stress environment will also help. Since the Redskins already don’t have a chance for the playoffs, Haskins can just play like he knows how and continue to improve week after week being integrated into the offense and organization. Last week he threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns. This week he should have Paul Richardson back who is the number-two receiver in the offense.
The Lions are one of the worst defenses against the pass in the league. This will be a great opportunity for Haskins to show his throwing ability. The Lions have allowed the third-highest average passing yards per game this season and trading away their star safety Quandre Diggs only hurts their coverage more. Terry McLaurin and Paul Richardson will have busy days, especially since the Redskins’ run game has been inefficient lately.
Washington Redskins Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Terry McSoaring
Terry McLaurin’s fantasy value will be soaring after this week. Last week, he had 3 receptions for 69 yards which made him the leading receiver. He has been the Redskins’ favorite target all year and that shouldn’t stop this week. The Lions are a very weak team against the pass. As Haskins continues to improve over time, McLaurin’s yards will continue to rise. He hasn’t had a touchdown in five games, so he is due for one or two. The Lions are a great matchup for that to happen against.