Commanders vs Lions Prediction: Odds, Picks & Betting Preview Week 2 – September 18, 2022

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The Washington Commanders (1-0) trek to Ford Field on Sunday, September 18, 2022 to clash with the Detroit Lions (0-1).

Lions vs. Commanders Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Lions as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Lions have -115 odds to pick up the win, while the Commanders are listed at -105 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 48 points.

Game Info

How to Watch Lions vs. Commanders Live?

  • Game Day: Sunday, September 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: FOX
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Stadium: Ford Field

Betting Preview


  • The Lions’ average points scored last season, 19.1, was 6.4 fewer than the 25.5 the Commanders gave up.
  • Detroit was 4-1 against the spread and 3-2 overall in games when it recorded over 25.5 points last year.
  • The Lions’ offense racked up 36.9 fewer yards per game than the Commanders’ defense surrendered last year (322.4 to 359.3). The Lions earned 5.2 yards per play, while the Commanders allowed 5.7.
  • Detroit was 4-0 against the spread and 2-2 overall when the team amassed over 359.3 yards last season.
  • The Commanders’ defense gave up an average of 104.4 yards to opposing running games last season. That is about the same as the rushing output per contest for the Lions (110.9).
  • Last year Detroit had a 7-2 ATS record and a 1-7 overall record in games the team ran for over 104.4 yards.


  • The Lions gave up 27.5 points per game last season, 7.8 more than the 19.7 the Commanders scored.
  • Washington was 2-1 against the spread and 3-0 overall in games when it put up over 27.5 points last season.
  • The Commanders’ offense gained 323.6 yards per game last year, 56.2 yards fewer than the 379.8 surrendered by the Lions’ defense. The Commanders accumulated 5.1 yards per play, while the Lions allowed 5.9.
  • In games that Washington amassed over 379.8 yards last season, the team was 1-2 against the spread and 2-1 overall.
  • The Lions’ defense conceded an average of 135.1 yards to opposing running games last season. That is 13.9 more yards than the Commanders picked up running the football (121.2).
  • Last season Washington had a 3-1 ATS record and a 3-1 overall record in games the team rushed for more than 135.1 yards.

Lions vs. Commanders Injury Report


Lions: RB D’Andre Swift: Questionable (Ankle), C Frank Ragnow: Out (Groin), OG Tommy Kraemer: Out (Back), FB Ifeatu Melifonwu: Questionable (Hamstring), CB Amani Oruwariye: Questionable (Hamstring), OG Jonah Jackson: Doubtful (Finger)


Commanders: C Tyler Larsen: Out (Achilles), OG Wes Schweitzer: Questionable (Hamstring), FB Kamren Curl: Questionable (Thumb), DT Phidarian Mathis: Out (Torn meniscus), DT Jonathan Allen: Questionable (Groin)

Lions vs. Commanders Betting Analysis

Lions Betting Insights

  • The Lions had 11 wins in 17 games against the spread last season.
  • Detroit never were listed as the moneyline favorite in a game last season.
  • Detroit did not play a game last season with moneyline odds of -115 or shorter.
  • The Lions had seven of its 17 games go over the point total last year.

Commanders Betting Insights

  • The Commanders’ record against the spread last season was 7-10-0.
  • Against the spread, as underdogs of 1.5 points or greater, the Commanders went 5-8 last year.
  • Last season, Washington won four out of the 13 games, or 30.8%, in which it was the underdog.
  • Washington had a record of 4-9 in games where oddsmakers had them as underdogs of at least -105 on the moneyline.
  • Last season, seven of the Commanders’ 17 games went over the point total.

Lions vs. Commanders Against The Spread & Betting Records


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 45.6 46.8 44.6
Implied Total AVG 26.9 26.6 27.1
ATS Record 11-6-0 6-2-0 5-4-0
Over/Under Record 7-10-0 4-4-0 3-6-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 0-0 0-0 0-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 3-13-1 3-5 0-8-1


Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 45.4 46.7 44.2
Implied Total AVG 25.4 25.9 25.0
ATS Record 7-10-0 3-5-0 4-5-0
Over/Under Record 7-10-0 2-6-0 5-4-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 3-1 1-1 2-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 4-9 2-4 2-5

Players to Watch


  • Over the course of 14 games played last year, Jared Goff amassed 3,245 passing yards, while throwing 19 touchdowns against eight interceptions and completing 67.2% of his passes.
  • D’Andre Swift averaged 47.5 rushing yards per game through 13 games (617 total yards), while scoring five rushing touchdowns.
  • Swift added 62 receptions (4.8 per game) for 452 yards (34.8 per game) with two receiving touchdowns. He was targeted 78 times in the passing game.
  • Over the course of 17 games played last season, Amon-Ra St. Brown had 90 catches (5.3 receptions per game on seven targets per game) for 912 yards and five receiving touchdowns.
  • Jamaal Williams puts up 46.2 rushing yards per game through 13 games (601 total yards), with three rushing touchdowns.
  • Williams also caught 26 passes for 157 yards. He was targeted 28 times and averaged 12.1 yards per game.
  • Tracy Walker intercepted one pass and also had108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and six passes defended in 2021.
  • Charles Harris’ stat sheet included 65 tackles, 10.0 TFL, and 7.5 sacks.
  • Will Harris had 93 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and four passes defended during the 2021 campaign.
  • Amani Oruwariye’s season stats include 56 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and six interceptions in 14 games.


  • In 17 games last season for the Colts, Carson Wentz threw for 3,563 yards (209.6 yards per game) while putting up 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 62.4% completion percentage.
  • In addition to the numbers he generated through the air, Wentz chipped in 215 rushing yards and one touchdown.
  • Taylor Heinicke hit the gridiron for 16 games last year, and tallied 3,419 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 65.0% completion percentage.
  • As a runner, Heinicke scampered for 313 yards (5.2 YPC) and one touchdown.
  • Antonio Gibson ran for 1,037 rushing yards (64.8 yards per game) and seven touchdowns while averaging 4.0 yards per carry.
  • Gibson totaled 42 receptions (on 52 targets) for 294 yards and three touchdowns in addition to the stats he posted in the ground game.
  • As an important contributor in the passing offense, Terry McLaurin totaled 1,053 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 77 receptions.
  • Last year Cole Holcomb registered 142 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and two interceptions in 16 games.
  • Jonathan Allen accumulated 9.0 sacks to go along with 10.0 TFL and 62 tackles in 17 games.
  • In 16 games, Kendall Fuller posted 77 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and one interception.
  • Kamren Curl amassed 1.0 sack to go with 2.0 TFL and 99 tackles in 16 games.

Lions vs. Commanders Predictions and Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is the Commanders, and we project that Commanders will cover the spread (Lions -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 48 points.

How to Bet on Lions vs. Commanders

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Brian Twining

Sports, of all kind, have been a huge part of my life and daily routine for as long as I can remember. My favorite sports to watch are College Basketball, College Football, the NFL, MLB, Nascar, & the FIFA World Cup. My favorite sports to bet on are the NFL, Nascar, College Hoops, and College Football.

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