The Lions were somewhat close to being 2-0 right now, but a late loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week means that isn't the case, and it will never be the case. However, Detroit has the chance to get back to their winning ways, but they will have to win on the road against Washington. Before the season, this would have seemed like a tricky matchup, but so far this season has not been kind to Washington.
The sample size is small, but Washington's defense has been horrendous. I'm talking once in a lifetime horrendous. I'm talking that, at this rate, they would blow away the Lions' defense from 2008, a season wherein Detroit won as many NFL games as the Orlando Solar Bears. They have a couple good players, but the overall defense has been atrocious, and the secondary simply does not have talent. Calvin Johnson should be able to run roughshod over them. Matthew Stafford will have a big game.
There are a couple questions, however. Detroit has some injury concerns on their offensive line, and, more to the point, Reggie Bush is questionable. Washington has been awful at tackling so far, and Bush is hard to tackle. Having him in the lineup would be big. I expect a high scoring game, and Bush improves Detroit's chances of scoring. Then again, Joique Bell is quite good in his own right.
So Detroit is going to score. This is pretty much a given. The question them becomes whether or not the Lions can stop Washington's offense. Nick Fairley is questionable again. They didn't have him last week, and the Lions only got to Carson Palmer once behind Arizona's offensive line. Robert Griffin III is coming back from his knee injury, but he is still more mobile that Palmer. Alfred Morris is a plodding running back, but he gets things done. Detroit will need to be good against the run.
Washington is currently winless, and the final scores of their games belie how they have truly played. Detroit is close to being 2-0, and had they not dealt with injury issues and missed field goals last week, they could have that record. This is a road game, sure, and Washington's play will likely improve. However, until I see that improvement, I am not putting any confidence in them. I am going with the Lions on the road. Get ready for a barnburner. Final Prediction: Lions 38, Washington 27