Lions Beat Skins 27-20 And Break Winless Streak Against Washington
The Detroit Lions were 0-21 against the Redskins at Washington dating back to 1939. The Lions broke that record today, after a heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals on the road the week before. However, the Lions had the right focus in mind and several of the players mentioned that they had never heard of the streak until today. The Lions started off with a huge sack of Matthew Stafford, but the Lions made up for it with a huge play to Calvin Johnson, but the drive stalled as Staford threw two incomplete passes back to back to Brandon Pettigrew who has had trouble catching passes over the past few weeks. The first score of the game came on the Lion’s next drive with DeAngelo Hall’s pick six. The Lions came right back down the field with huge plays by Joique Bell. First on a short pass from Stafford that Bell took 37 yards to Washington territory followed by his 12 yard touchdown run. Bell filled in very well for the injured Reggie Bush finishing with 20 carries for 63 yards and one touchdown. The Lions finished the first quarter strong with another lengthy drive that led to another touchdown pass from Stafford to Fauria pushing the Lion’s lead to 7. After Chris Houston picked off RG III, the Lions could not do much with the ball and punted it back to the Redskins. Alfred Morris broke through for a huge thirty yard run that tied up the game at 14 with 3:29 left in the half. The Lions, off of a huge reception by Burleson that translated to 41 yards and the Washington 28 yard line, the Lions got to the 14 yard line before a series of three straight incompletions from Stafford to Johnson that led to a field goal by Akers to give the Lions the lead before halftime.
After Sam Martin kicked the ball out of bounds, the Redskins took over at their forty and after a 29 yard gain by Pierre Garcon, the Redskins tied the game off of a Potter 43-yard field goal. The Lions and Redskins punted the ball back and forth until early in the fourth quarter when the Lions got another big play from Burleson for 47 yards. However, the Lions could not find the endzone once more as they settled for yet another field goal from akers to make their lead 20-17. After surviving what seemed like a jaw-dropping 57 yard connection from RG III to Aldrick Robinson for a touchdown which was overturned, the Redskins punted, allowing the Lions to march down the field yet again off of a nice 33 yard gain by Kris Durham. The Lions also had a key 4th and 1 conversion that kept the drive alive leading to a beautiful 11 yard touchdown from Stafford to Megatron to put the Lions up 27-20. The Lions held on for the final plays of the game as even Calvin Johnson came in to play defense on the final play of the game.
Joique Bell solidified his threat as a runningback in the absence of Reggie Bush
The Lions lost DE Jason Jones for the season with a ruptured patella tendon.
The Lions defense came through with key interceptions and fumble recoveries that saved the Lions from defeat.
A receiver not named Calvin Johnson had over a hundred yards receiving as Burleson had his best game of the season so far.
Perhaps it was because all of the penalties didn’t come in bunches but were spaced out throughout the game, the Lions showed more discipline but still had 8 penalties for 71 yards while last week they had 8 penalties for 101 yards.
Cool Statistic: The Lions have dropped back 121 times to pass and the O-Line has only given up two sacks on Stafford throughout the season. The Lion’s offensive line was a big concern heading into the offseason and with young guards Warford and Reiff, many were doubtful Stafford could stay upright, but the O-Line has played exceptionally well and hopefully will continue to do so throughout the season
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