Thank goodness the Lions are as inept as advertised, because the Washington Redskins almost coughed up another loss against what is arguably the worst team in the NFL (Thanks Matt Millen!). The Redskins looked like they were finally going to come out and blow someone away after running down the field with ease on the first drive of the game, but then familiar problems began to resurface. An inability to get into the end zone forced the Skins to settle for a field goal after facing a first and goal on the 2 yard line, and even though the Lions offense went 3 and out, Jason Campbell fumbled after being blindsided. The turnover temporarily breathed life into a doomed franchise, making Detroit believe – if only for a two quarters – that it might actually be able to win. The Lions defense started to play…well…actual defense. And the offense actually made a few first downs. This wasn’t supposed to happen!
Fortunately Coach Zorn is great at rallying the troops (see exhibit A: The Eagles Game). The Redskins didn’t panic and just kept chipping away like they always do. Eventually they got back into a groove and gained a commanding lead and pretty much never looked back. A questionable (and ultimately failed) attempt at a two-point conversion at the beginning of the 4th ended up keeping the Lions in the game longer than they had any right to be, but ultimately I have to give Zorn credit for taking a potential catastrophe and turning it around.
There’s a reason why the expression “Any Given Sunday” is so familiar to us all. There’s some truth to it. Every team can have bad turnovers and any team can find itself in a hole against any other team after a missed assignment or unfortunate bounce of the ball. I’m proud that the Skins had the moxie to pull together and turn it around. I’m disturbed that they have yet to blow out any of their opponents, but in the end it’s far better to win the close ones than lose them. Let’s hope the Steelers are still smarting from that awful loss against the Giants, because we’ve got a real test coming up next week.
Hail Redskins! Hail 6-2