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Detroit Lions win at Washington for first time in team history, 27-20

The Detroit Lions harassed Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III  just enough to leave Washington with a win for the first time in franchise history.

The Detroit Lions harassed Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III just enough to leave Washington with a win for the first time in franchise history.

Throw down your headsets! The Detroit Lions are 2-1 after a huge road win at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins (0-3), marking Detroit’s first win first win ever in the Washington, D.C. area. The game had it all: crazy fumbles, pick-sixes, process-of-the-catch rulings that went in favor of the Lions, chicken suits, and last but by no means least, me.

In the end, Detroit survived the chaos to win 27-20. They now head back home for a huge game against the 3-0 Bears in Week 4.

The Good

Despite an early pick-six, quarterback Matt Stafford had his third good game of the season, finding open receivers all day and converting an important fourth-down play on a sneak to preserve a late 20-17 lead. Two plays later, he threw a strike to wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a huge touchdown to go up 27-17. All told, Stafford went 25 of 42 on the day for 385 yards, two touchdowns, and the lone interception.

Calvin Johnson excelled with another 100-yard day. Wide receiver Nate Burleson was more than just a complement, bringing in six catches for 116 yards (his most ever as a Lion). Ryan Broyles made his season debut but only played 17 snaps, catching all three balls tossed his way for 34 yards.

Tight end Joseph Fauria continued to be a good red-zone threat, nabbing another touchdown, but if his touchdown celebration is any indication, he is not much of a dancer.

The defense forced two turnovers to give Detroit a +1 turnover ratio. Defensive end Willie Young seems to be back to 2011 form, recording four quarterback hits and two hurries, one of which pressured quarterback Robert Griffin III into throwing a big second-quarter interception deep in Detroit territory.

Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah finished with two sacks and a quarterback hit. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh contributed another hit and five hurries performance and was excellent against the run.

Safety Glover Quin recovered a bizarre fumble coughed up by Griffin while diving forward. Apparently, the flukes really do balance out over time.

The Bad

Without starting running back Reggie Bush (knee) on the field, the backfield carried the ball 23 carries for only 63 yards (2.7 yards per carry). Joique Bell did have a big 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added 69 yards on four receptions. Run blocking must improve as Detroit prepares to face a talented Chicago Bears defense in Week 4.

Although the defense did not allow him to throw a touchdown, RGIII did complete 64 percent of his 50 passes for 326 yards.

They also surrendered 150 yards on 22 carries (5.5 ypc). Running Back Alfred Morris scrambled for a game-tying 30-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Eight penalties for 71 yards were costly in terms of field position (average starting position for the offense was its own 19-yard line), but at least they didn’t contributes to lost points or turnovers.

They did not allow a sack all day and only gave up five hurries, but the offensive line allowed a whopping seven quarterback hits.

Defensive end Jason Jones was lost for the season with a torn patella tendon. Willie Young, Ziggy Ansah, Israel Idonije, and rookie defensive end Devin Taylor must now find a way to close ranks in his absence.

Up next

The Detroit Lions gear up for a huge home divisional game against the undefeated Chicago Bears (3-0). Detroit must continue to protect the football and find a way to stop head coach Marc Trestman’s new-look offense. Let’s see if the Lions can figure out how to knock running back Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears off their perch next week!

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Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

DWill is the 3rd leading rusher in the lead..that's what i like to see...Panthers could always run the ball...I just didn't understand why go away from it least year....

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

The Lions have had horrible starting field position all season. The defense lets the other teams offense get to around the 50 yardline and then force them to punt, putting our offense inside the 10 a lot

Cam Of Steel
Cam Of Steel

If the Panthers just had a semi-competent coach we'd be 3-0 right now...Rivera is still on a thin leash...any team can win a game when you are up 31-0 entering the 4th....he had constantly failed when we are leading by a TD or 3 heading into the 4th quarter...

LKP
LKP

Bears 2 defensive TDs and 10 points from short fields. Impressive 4th Quarter long TD drive though. Can't wait for this Sunday

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Just had a chick checkout a book and her cigarette breath smacked me in the face. Couldn't breathe for a sec lol I had to hold my breath while i was checking out her book. Damn that was horrible

BeerLion
BeerLion

 I'll bet Minny is loking ahead to the first GB game so they can finally notch a W 

NightStalkerThief
NightStalkerThief

Already they're talking about the Saints and Seahawks in the NFC Championship game. I think it's a little early for that

LKP
LKP

@Buhlitz It's been alot of special team holding penalties that have really cost them. Lions average starting at their own 25 and I'll be very happy

natesweet
natesweet moderator

@Lionskillpack They have had impressive long drives in the 4th quarter in all three of their games so far. And while 14 points did come directly from the defense, they managed to score 26 points aside from the defensive TD's. Short fields are a consistent part of the Bears game. I think it is time to stop acting like it is an anomaly that is just going to instantly vanish. the Bears still have obvious faults but they are getting it done with a combination of what they have always done with the added bonus of a more competent offense.

BeerLion
BeerLion

In the glove game it was Bears special teams and defense that crushed us.  Cutler had a terrible game.  Also gloves and wind.

BeerLion
BeerLion

Smokers sense of smell is so degraded they don't realize how bad they always stink.

Donny33
Donny33

@BeerLion this is about 20 years of trolling built up.  get it out of your system before week 5.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

@NightStalkerThief who is "they"? The Seahawks look to be the cream of the crop but the rest is not so clear.

natesweet
natesweet moderator

@NightStalkerThief Tyler has an article coming out in not too long. We want to give every article a chance to get viewed for a while.

LKP
LKP

@BeerLion Bears beat us by turnovers. If the Lions can protect the ball, they can win this game

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

@BeerLion 

Smokers' always stink is so realize how degraded sense of smell

Reggie/Agnew 2016
Reggie/Agnew 2016 moderator

@Natesweet @NightStalkerThief 

Any chance of a second article slot in the works?

I mean I know it would take a lot of work to not only set up, but to get people used to it, but it seems like it's inevitable.

LKP
LKP

@BeerLion @Lionskillpack They won the turnover battle for both of their wins. They need to at least be tied this game. Lions have the best 3rd down % defense. Force Bears into long drives and good things will happen for Detroit