It did not look good from the start for the Redskins.
There was no heat, no excitement, nothing. The first snap by the Redskins' offense was really high and Campbell barely caught it and then he was sacked, but luckily for him there was a facemask call and they got some yards. Those yards would be very few for the entire first half.
The Redskins have had difficulty in the red zone all season so far. They got to 4th and goal at the 1 yard line, decide to go for it, but fail and get zero points. The Lions offense takes over on downs. The Redskins D lets Rookie QB Matthew Stafford run for 22 yards for a first down and then a TD pass for a touchdown. 7-0 Detroit.
The Redskins offense fires back? Well if you consider almost 2 interceptions right after another by QB Jason Campbell, then yes. Albert Haynesworth gets a sack on QB Matthew Stafford, but does not get up and is carted off the field with a right hip injury. Owner Dan Snyder must have had a minor coronary. He did return to the game in the second half. Whew.
The Detroit Lions continue their domination (yes you read that right) and manage 3 more FGs in the first half for a 13-0 lead. Detroit's field position was almost always under the 15 yard mark, but still managed to take the ball all the way into Redskins territory and more. This is an abomination for this Redskin defence. So many mis-tackles. Very sloppy.
The first half stats are a disgrace to all Redskins fans out there. ZERO rushing yards. ZERO!
Time of Possession
The first possession by the Redskins' offense was a complete 180 from the first half. RB Clinton Portis gets a 13 yard rush and then a long, beautiful pass to WR Santana Moss for a TD. 13-7 Lions. The curse of the red zone is still alive because the TD was thrown for long.
Just when the offense has its groove going, Jason Campbell's pass is intercepted, but luckily for him, no points are scored off of it. Rookie Brian Orakpo gets his first sack of his professional career on Stafford and Albert Haynesworth returns, but looks slow. A Lions pass into the end zone is called for pass interference by Chris Horton, so Lions gets ball at the 1 yard line and get another TD. They attempt a 2 point conversion, but fail. 19-7 Lions.
The Redskins are in the red zone gain. The curse is broken, finally, with a TD pass to Rock Cartright to bring game closer at 19-14 Lions. However, there is only 2 minutes left. The Redskins D manages to hold the Lions so the Redskins get the ball back, but there's just not enough time and it runs out for them. The Redskins are now cursed with giving the Lions their roar back. Nice.
Here are the ending stats for the game. Jason Campbell is not to be blamed for this. WR Santana Moss had a great game. The D was alright, but not great. The whole team just stunk as a whole. I would not be surprised if Dan Snyder made an immediate retaliation with a head coach change.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.