Audibles: NFC North Week 8 preview

October, 24, 2008
10/24/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Detroit Lions (0-6) vs. Washington Redskins (5-2), 1 p.m. ET

During a news conference earlier this week, Detroit coach Rod Marinelli answered a question this way:

"We're looking. There's not a lot of options for us right now, OK? But that's something we're still looking at."

Marinelli was speaking about the possibility of swapping out his kick returners, but the answer spoke globally about the helpless position the Lions have put themselves in. They're winless, blacked out on local television and their limited roster leaves them nowhere to turn for in-season improvement.

At this point, the Lions seem a shocking upset away from 0-16. You have to imagine that someone will go belly-up against them this season, but it's not likely to be the Redskins.

All Washington coach Jim Zorn needs to do is hand it to tailback Clinton Portis a few dozen times. Portis leads the NFL with 818 yards. The Lions, among their many deficiencies, have the NFL's second-worst run defense. They are allowing 167.5 rushing yards per game and will have a hard time slowing down Portis.

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