Shop for Washington Redskins gear at

Redskins vs. Lions—Déjà Vu All Over Again?

After 19 straight losses, it took 19 points for Detroit to win their first game on September 27, 2009 against the Redskins.  Now fans around the league are looking to see if this year’s match up will have the same result.

 For Redskins fans, last year’s game was flat out ugly.  I’ve said many times over, if you want your team to set a new record, play the ‘Skins.  That was certainly the case for Detroit.  Not only did they break their losing streak, but they did it with a rookie quarterback, Matt Stafford, and with a failed 2-point conversion for the odd score (and prime number) of 19. 

 As much as I hated to see us get beat, it was kind of fun to watch Matt have such a good time on the field.  He truly celebrated the win, and it was hard not to be happy for him and for a city that had so much hard luck over the years.  Redskins fans definitely know what that feels like.  Still, I don’t want to see it happen again.  And I don’t think it will, even though the boy wonder is scheduled to return from a shoulder injury this week.  Here’s why. 

 Matt’s back, but he’s rusty.  The Lions are playing at home, but now the crowd is expecting the win.  They won’t be happy with a mediocre performance, and so far this season, that’s all the Lions have delivered.  Last year’s win was largely due to the strength of Kevin Smith’s run, but Smith tore his ACL last year, and Jahvid Best has been running in his place.  Best doesn’t have Smith’s numbers.  He’s currently averaging 3.2 yards per carry, which is less than what Portis had when we lost against them.  Torain, on the other hand, has been getting 4.6.

 Mobility in the pocket—McNabb has it.  Campbell didn’t.  Between Galloway, Moss, Cooley, and Armstrong, McNabb has plenty of places to put the ball.  And our offense is finally starting to give him the time he needs to find those targets.  He’s always had the legs to dance within that space or find the first down marker on his own, making him a tough QB to defend.  That’s the extra wildcard that keeps a defense spread thin. 

 Which brings me to another point.  The Big D.  Ours rocks.  Theirs don’t.  I know we’re still struggling with the 3-4, but now that the Haynesworth situation has been settled (at casino least until the end of the year), we’re finally getting it done.  On the other hand, the Lions have Suh, who is playing well, but that’s about it. 

 Somehow, we finally resolved our tackling problems.  I think it has an awful lot to do with LaRon Landry, THE BEAST!!  And now Orakpo’s out there competing, Horton wants a piece of the pie, and Fletcher’s always been in the game.  I love it.  Way to go guys—your play would make Sean Taylor proud.  Time to pat yourselves on the back.

 Now, stop fumbling the freakin’ ball.  I don’t care if you have to put superglue on your hands. 

 Better yet, start practicing with babies.  I can guarantee you’ll see fewer drops.  You might have a few mad mommas, but …

 Look, we’re 4-3, and we’re just one game away from the top spot in the division.  That’s a far cry from the 1-2 position we held going into last year’s game, and a good reason for McNabb and his teammates to be hungry for the lead. 

 We have all the weapons we need.  And Redskins players, you know you have our love.  Now let me hear you HOLLAH—HTTR!!  We’ll be cheering for you this weekend to capture the pride for the entire Redskins Nation.

Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Redskins Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

Leave a Reply