The 5th Quarter: Lions 27 Redskins 20

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Updated: September 22, 2013
The 5th Quarter

IT WAS OVER WHEN… Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford connected with WR Calvin Johnson for an 11-yard TD pass with 3:56 left in regulation, putting the visitors up 27-17 and forcing the Redskins to try to get two scores very quickly. Obviously, Washington could not do it.

Calvin JohnsonI LIKED THAT… The defense improved on third down, allowing the Lions to convert only 4 of 13 third down plays into first down…

The run defense was shredded in weeks one and two, but it rebounded today, allowing only 2.7 yards per carry and 63 rushing yards. Of course, Lions RB Reggie Bush was injured, so…

CB David Amerson got beaten some today, but he also made several nice plays to break up passes and showed great improvement over last week’s massacre in Green Bay…

Rookie TE Jordan Reed continues to play well, catching five passes for 50 yards and he seems to be open at will, using basketball-type moves to shake defenders…

CB DeAngelo Hall did fairly well in his one-on-one matchup with Calvin Johnson, defending a couple of passes and intercepting one that he returned for a touchdown.

I DID NOT LIKE THAT… 

Lions had two receivers with over 100 yards and a running back — not their starting running back — with over 100 yards from scrimmage…

The Redskins didn’t have any of those things…

The Redskins were never out of this game until the very end, but they got away from the run, giving only 15 carries to RB Alfred Morris while letting QB Robert Griffin III throw 50 passes…

The defense gave up 443 yards to the Lions, which, depressingly, is an improvement over weeks one and two…

Lions receivers were wide open in the secondary much of the day and more damage would have been done through the air had Stafford been more accurate…

WR Calvin Johnson loved Washington’s single-high safety defense, saying after the game “We love it” and ”It feels good to be able to move the ball like that.”

Robert Griffin III apparently still does not know how to slide…

RG3‘s turnovers will killer today, with a terrible interception and an inexcusable fumble [no Lions defender touched him on the play], both in Detroit territory to really hurt the Redskins…

Aldrick RobinsonWR Aldrick Robinson dropped a perfect long pass from RG3 that should have been a 57-yard TD, putting the Redskins up 24-20…

Rookie RB/KR Chris Thompson will probably be inactive next week after doing so poorly on returns that he was replaced on kicks by WR Josh Morgan

Tackling remains a huge problem for the defense, even after all that talk about how they were going to emphasize it all week…

WR Josh Morgan was, if anything, worse than Thompson on kick returns…

The defense got a sack [ILB London Fletcher] on Detroit’s first play from scrimmage and then never got to the QB again.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS… It means the Redskins are terrible. They’re one of the worst teams in the NFL. I have been telling people for a couple of weeks now that the Redskins are not a strong second-half/comeback team, they’re just good at piling up garbage points and yards when their opponent is sitting on a big lead. The Lions led by only three points at halftime but they made it stand up because they outscored the Redskins 10-6 in the second half and 10-3 in the third quarter. Washington’s problem isn’t that they start poorly, it’s that they play poorly. We are hearing a lot of talk about how only three teams have made the playoffs in the last 20+ years after starting the season 0-3. The Redskins can’t worry about that. All they need to care about right now is beating the Oakland Raiders. They shouldn’t be worrying about whether or not they’ll be in a division race in December, they need to worry about just winning one football game. They haven’t done it yet and their season can’t really get going until they do.