Going into tonight’s Monday Nighter in Denver, what was the biggest hi-point and low-point of Week 3 in the NFL.
Thanks partly to the turf, the Detroit Lions ended 74 years of futility in Washington as the Lions beat the Redskins in Washington.
Redskins QB RGIII is now RG 0-III after his third straight loss.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit’s QB on the other hand, had a much better day, so did WR Calvin Johnson and Nate Burlson, and add to the mix two Redskin bobbles, both in the 4th quarter, it was not Washington’s day.
“You never know how the cookie’s going to crumble, and it feels good that it crumbled our way this time,” said Detroit cornerback Rashean Mathis.
The last time the Lions beat the Redskins away from home was in 1939. Franklin Delano Roosevelt still lived on Pennsylvania Avenue at that time.
From then until now, that amounts to a 21-game streak that came to a halt yesterday afternoon.
Then there was RGIII who is now RG0-III, who did resemble the player he was last year when he scrambled to make something out of nothing with a 21-yard run deep into Redskin territory with the score tied in the 4th quarter.
But the ball came loose as he stumbled forward to give himself up at the 30-yard line. That play would have been ruled dead if he had slid, something he’s said he would do more often this year. Because he was going head-first, it became a fumble and was recovered by the Lions.
“It’s the rule. It can be a (bad) rule, but it’s still one of the NFL rules, and they said it’s a fumble,” Griffin said. “So, it’s unfortunate, and I’ve just got to make sure if I dive forward, hold onto the ball. … It was really unfortunate that we lost the game on two calls, two judgment calls.”
That was where everything came apart for the Redskins. Calvin Johnsoon started a drive with a tiptoe catch along the sideline, and David Akers ended it with a 28-yard field goal with 11:08 remaining and the Lions had the lead for good.
The Lions added an insurance TD with 3:56 remaining on Stafford’s 11-yard pass to Johnson, who had 4 Redskins surrounding him and he still fought his way to the goal line.
Johnson had 115 yards receiving and Stafford threw 25 completions out of 42 attempts and collected 385 yards against a defence ranked at the bottom of the NFL after 2 weeks.
Grffin was a little better than 50% percent in terms of completions; he collected 326 yards of passing but also threw his 4th interception in 3 games. That is one shy of his total from all of last year. He is the first player in Redskins history to throw for 300 yards in three straight games.
He said he wanted to run the ball more this year, despite a bad knee, but he only ran 6 times yesterday for a total of 37 yards.
As of Monday afternoon, I think the only positive the Redskins have going for them at this point is that they aren’t the worst team in the league…yet.
The New York Giants, who are coming off a Super Bowl victory in the past 3 years, were blown out of the water yesterday in Carolina. Both teams share an 0-3 record; the bad news of course is they share the same division as the Chicago Bears, who are looking more like a total turnaround from last year and the year before. Also with them in the NFC North, the Lions who made some strides recently and are on the upside for the first time in awhile too.
Next up for the Washington Redskins will be a huge opportunity to finally get into the win column when they travel to California to play the Oakland Raiders.
Here is a list of all the remaining games played in the NFL during Week 3:
Detroit beat Washington 27-20
Cincinnati beat Green Bay 34-30
Cleveland beat Minnesota 31-27
Giants got pasted by Carolina 38-0
Dallas beat St.Louis 37-7
Bears beat Pittsburgh 40-23
Patriots over Buccaneers 23-3
Jets over Bills 27-20
Colts over 49ers 27-7
Seahawks over Jaguars 45-17
Dolphins over Falcons 27-23
New Orleans over Arizona 31-7
Tennessee over San Diego 20-17