Lions Stun Redskins, 19-14
C.J. Lawrence | 9/27/2009, 6:15 p.m.
The Detroit Lions had not won a game since Dec. 23, 2007, and were on a 19-game losing streak. But they welcomed in the visiting Washington Redskins on Sun., Sept. 27 and pulled off the upset victory over the suddenly reeling Redskins, now 1-2 on the season.
The Redskins were coming off of a less than stellar win over the St. Louis Rams a week earlier, a win in which the team did not score a touchdown and showed particular ineptitude in the red zone. The team€s performance against the Rams, one of the league€s worst teams, was almost treated as a loss, as the team was showered with boos by the fans at FedEx Field.
Head coach Jim Zorn€s play calling was called into question, and the week three game against the Lions was considered a must win for the team. After this loss to Detroit, the Redskins have a great deal of regrouping to do, both on offense and defense.
The Lions led the entire game, jumping out 13-0 in the first half. The Skins blew their best opportunity to score in the first half when they had a first-and-goal from the nine yard line, but running back Clinton Portis was stopped at the one yard line on fourth down.
The Redskins finally got on the scoreboard at the start of the second half on a pass from quarterback Jason Campbell to wide receiver Santana Moss for a 57-yard touchdown play to pull within six points, making the score 13-7.
But the Lions scored another touchdown, although they failed on the two-point conversion, to go ahead by a score of 19-7. Out of timeouts, the Redskins had to run a hurry-up offense, needing two touchdowns to win the game late in the fourth quarter.
Campbell and running back Rock Cartwright connected on a four-yard pass, followed by an extra-point by kicker Shaun Suisham to make the score 19-14, but were unable to score again. Campbell went 27 for 41 for 341 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. Portis ran for 42 yards on 12 carries, and Moss caught 10 passes for 178 yards.
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was injured in the first half, and was carted off the field with a hip injury, but did return in third quarter. Lions rookie quarterback, and first overall pick in the draft, Matthew Stafford went 21-26 for 241 yards.
The Redskins will have a chance to even up their record next week, when they face the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will bring their 0-3 record to Fed Ex Field for a 1p.m. contest on Sun., Oct. 4. But this week€s loss is clear evidence that the Redskins cannot take any win, or any team, for granted. Zorn said after the loss that his team did not take the Lions lightly. Throughout the week, several players said that this Lions team was not the same as last year€s team, which went 0-16. But this year, the Lions have a new coach, Jim Schwartz, and a new quarterback, and clearly, a new attitude. And now, the same record, 1-2, as the Redskins.
€When you watch this team on video, they're as capable as any other team in the National Football League,€ Zorn said of the Lions. €The disappointing thing is just a loss."