How big are the injuries on the offensive line?

How big are the injuries on the offensive line?

The Free Press sports editors predict Sunday’s Detroit Lions vs. Washington Commanders game at Ford Field (1 p.m., Fox):

Dave Birkett

The Lions are dealing with several injuries to key players and their participation could affect the outcome of this game. If D’Andre Swift can’t go, that’s a huge loss for an offense that relies heavily on his play-breaking ability. Up front, the absence of Frank Ragnow will impact both the run game and pass protection, and could force the Lions to resort to more than a short passing attack. Washington is well-built on their defensive line, but the Commanders are mediocre at best and have hitched their wagon to an erratic quarterback who tends to give opponents a chance on a set or two every game.

This is an important game for the Lions. They can’t afford to start 0-2, with two home losses, and have the fans jump from the start of the season to the beginning of the season again. I predict a big game for Amon-Ra St. Brown, and if the Lions win the turnover battle, they should even their record heading into next week’s NFC North matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. The pick: Lions 28, Commanders 24.

Carlos Monares

Okay, Lions. Those pure, pure souls at the Las Vegas sports books have put their faith in you as favorites this week for the first time in nearly two years. Don’t let them down with conservative play-calling, off-target passes, poor timeout decisions, a leaky secondary and a failure to sack Carson Wentz. And let’s be real. This is your best shot at ensuring you don’t start 0-5 … or 0-9. The pick: Lions 27, Commanders 25.

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Jeff Seidel

The Lions are favored to win this game. They have to win this game. But Lions coach Dan Campbell has yet to prove he can win close games. He is 2-6-1 in games decided by seven points or less. My head says the Lions will win just by outplaying the Commanders. But my gut tells me they will lose. Just because this is so new — they aren’t favored forever. So I’ll go with my head. Only because the game is at home and Ford Field should give the Lions a huge boost on Sunday. The pick: Lions 35, Commanders 27.

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Shawn Windsor

The Lions start fast again, only this time they don’t disappear for two quarters. Jared Goff and the offense lead to a crucial early season win. The pick: Lions 31, Commanders 24.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions vs. Washington predictions: How big are the injuries?

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