Last year the Lion outplayed the Redskins, no questions asked. But it would be irresponisble of me to not factor in the offensive woes they showed as well.
On their first drive the drove the lenght of the field only to go four-and-out at the goalone and having the Lions drive down for a touchdown on the ensuing possestion.
Throughout the game we saw the evolution of one Matthew Stafford. He was making plays, sticking his tounge out, smiling after circus plays. It was a fright to see for a Redskins fan. Nonetheless, Stafford came into his own and showed Detroit fans he could be a big time franchise quarterback.
Now over a year later these two teams face off at the site of the last meeting and that should play into Stafford’s play as well. But will Stafford have that same magic? One writer for a Detroit Lion’s blog thinks so.
The Lions only played two home games in the first six games of the season and played very tough opponents. Plus, we have already played all of our division opponents on the road. There are some tough teams to play like the Jets and the Patriots, but all of our tough games will be at home and thats a huge positive. Stafford looked very impressive in the preseason and even in the first half of the Bears game. I don’t expect them to be in the playoffs, but a 7-9 or 8-8 record isn’t out of the question.
Will the Lion’s game plan for Stafford be effective against a Redskins team that has forced the third most turnovers in the league?
The coaching staff has had two week to scheme for the Redskins and Stafford has had plenty of practice time (he has been practicing since the week before the bye), so rust shouldn’t be an issue.
Stafford so far in his career has 61.9 QB rating. He was thrown for 2350 yards in 11 games, 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He has also rushed for 108 yards and two TDs. However the confidence in him is rising among the Lion fanbase, and you can tell he is a guy ready to ball.
Here is a radio interview previewing his return and his thoughts facing the Redskins: