The most unexpected start in the 81 year history of the Washington Redskins, the team dropped to 0-3 yesterday falling to the Detroit Lions.
Not only did the Lions win their third straight game in the series, but they got the biggest monkey in their history off their lion-sized back—a 21-game losing streak against the Redskins in Washington, D.C.
The much-maligned defense held the Lions potent offense in check, preventing them from scoring on several drives that appeared all but destined to end with seven more points on the board and limiting running back Joisque Bell to 63 yards on 20 carries. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has a rocket launcher for an arm but is occasionally erratic, forced a throw straight into the breadbasket of DeAngelo Hall on the second drive of the game.
He also struggled against the secondary in the red zone, as the unit ratcheted up the intensity and allowed the former No. 1 pick to convert on only 20 percent of his passes deep in Redskins’ territory.
On offense, Alfred Morris once again led the cavalry with 73 rushing yards, 30 of which came on a touchdown scamper in the second quarter. His solid performance was counterbalanced by 300 yards passing from Robert Griffin III for the third straight week, but turnovers and a controversial non-touchdown call did the Redskins in once again.
Sifting through another week of frustration and disappointment, however, there were a few individual bright spots to note (courtesy Redskins Public Relations):
–After a shaky start that was applauded by sophomore slump believers, running back Alfred Morris has returned to form the last two weeks. His second quarter touchdown yesterday was his 15th career touchdown in only 19 games.
–While a good chunk of yards have come in a pass-heavy mode, Griffin III became the first Redskins quarterback in the Super Bowl era to throw for 300 hundred yards in each of the first three games.
–Mr. Consistancy. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught eight passes this week—the exact same amount he caught the week before in Green Bay. Combined, it’s the most passes he’s caught in a two game stretch in his career.
–The Ironman is always in the act. Linebacker London Fletcher appeared in his 243rd consecutive game yesterday, tying Bill Romanowski for the most by a defensive player since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. He also started his 202nd straight game, tying Derrick Brooks for the second most all-time.
–Welcome to the 40-2 club No. 23. Hall’s interception was the 40th of his career, joining Ed Reed, Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey and Asante Samuel as the only active players to reach 40 career interceptions. He also became only the second player in NFL history with at least four interception return touchdowns and four fumble return touchdowns in a career.
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