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Ndamukong Suh dominates as Lions beat Redskins

The Detroit Lions got one right when they chose Ndamukong Suh with the second pick in the draft.

Suh, the rookie defensive tackle, was a terror Sunday against the Redskins, blowing up the middle of the Redskins’ line, sacking Donovan McNabb twice and picking up a Rex Grossman fumble and strolling 17 yards for a touchdown to seal the win late in the fourth quarter.

Yes, I said a Rex Grossman fumble. It wasn’t clear why Grossman replaced McNabb late in the game, but even though the Lions’ defensive line was beating him up all day, McNabb didn’t appear to be hurt — it looked like it was simply coach Mike Shanahan’s decision. It was an awfully strange decision.

The Lions’ 37-25 win improves their record to 2-5, and although you can’t say the Lions are a good team, you can say they’re a team heading in the right direction. Talented young players like Suh, receiver Calvin Johnson (nine catches, 101 yards, three touchdowns) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (four touchdown passes to one interception in his first game back since suffering a shoulder injury in the opener) give the Lions reason for optimism.

The Redskins, on the other hand, fall to 4-4, and no one in their locker room can feel good heading into their Week Nine bye. Least of all McNabb, who walked off the field looking beaten.

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30 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh dominates as Lions beat Redskins”
  1. THNKIMRT says: Oct 31, 2010 4:46 PM

    Shanny’s also the guy who led Bubby Brister to believe the job was his and then started Brian Griese…when a repeat was easily reachable.

  2. Hank_SJ says: Oct 31, 2010 4:47 PM

    First call Shanahan gets tomorrow morning will be from Sam and Wilma whining about why their son was benched. (Mike, give King Andy a call tonight for a crash course on how to handle the parents.)
    Second call will be from McMartyr crying about being benched and wanting to negotiate another payment to make him feel better.

  3. wd40 says: Oct 31, 2010 4:49 PM

    Every team in the NFC East has the same achilles heal: A mediocre O Line and a vulnerable defense expect the Giants who thus far atleast have a defense that is showing up.
    I’ve never seen the NFC East in worse shape or the NFC as a whole with less talent.

  4. claytonbigsby says: Oct 31, 2010 4:49 PM

    Shanahan: “I thought (Grossman) gave us the best chance to win”. Really??? Has he watched any tape of Grossman playing for the Bears. All he does is fumble. And McNabb was not injured!

  5. praveen says: Oct 31, 2010 4:49 PM

    McNabb used to be a very good QB. But the way the press kissed his ass in the offseason was ridiculous. Eagles did good in trading him away. NO big deal in trading him to a division rival because the Rdskins pose no major threat in winning the division. McNabb also exhibited way too much defensiveness in recent years making him look more like a whiny loser. He should have accepted his decline with class and understood the criticism he was getting recently was valid.

  6. That's Mr Rodgers to you says: Oct 31, 2010 4:50 PM

    Congrats to the lions!
    Ndamukong Suh is a beast!
    All I want for Christmas is a Vikings last place finish in the NFC North!

  7. joe hvw says: Oct 31, 2010 4:51 PM

    Mcnabb benched in Philly vs Baltimore defense = bigger than Jesus.
    Mcnabb benched in Washington vox Detroit defense = awfully strange decision.

  8. krisjan76 says: Oct 31, 2010 4:52 PM

    The Skins offensive line was like swiss cheese today. That being said, I don’t think Grossman gives us the best chance to win, contrary to what Shanahan was trying to spin during the post game press conference.

  9. Sneki says: Oct 31, 2010 4:53 PM

    Forget just Rookie of the Year…Look for Suh at the Pro Bowl too!
    On the way to Restoring the Roar! Go Lions!

  10. DanSnyder says: Oct 31, 2010 5:00 PM

    Ton of bs calls in this game. Everything went for the lions. They constantly held and had imaginary calls called against us. Banks should have had two touchdown returns.
    Lions line gave the skins hell but the skins interior line is probably the worst in the league.
    This and the rams games were both the only two games I’ve been worried about this season. I felt more confident against the colts then against the rams or lions. The skins have a tendency to play down to their competition and get beaten with experience. Also their energy, they for most of this game and a lot of the rams game played with very little energy. Skins are used to playing big games because of the division so when they travel to a bad teams stadium they become lethargic and it really shows.
    You can say the lions and rams are just better then last year but the kins lost to the lions last year and barely beat the rams. It’s really more about how the skins play then who they play.
    I could make up more excuses but I don’t need to. This wasn’t even and upset as many people including Vegas odds makers had the lions favored.

  11. HereThere says: Oct 31, 2010 5:03 PM

    How many of loser McNabb haters will flood this thread? What’s the over/under on that. You Philly losers are as bad as Browns fans.

  12. 1stngoal says: Oct 31, 2010 5:08 PM

    Nice job, Lions!!!

  13. Rashard Mendenballs says: Oct 31, 2010 5:09 PM

    SUH is looking like a good Defensive Rookie of the year candidate.

  14. HateSycophants says: Oct 31, 2010 5:14 PM

    AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! Holy crap!
    Still hate Michelle Davida Smith.

  15. Mr. Lagoo says: Oct 31, 2010 5:15 PM

    Suh will dominate for years…then, like Barry, he’ll realize what a crap hole Detroit is, how little the ownership cares, and he’ll quit in his prime.

  16. JaggedMark says: Oct 31, 2010 5:16 PM

    Shanahan said after game he thought Rex gave the Skins a better chance to win because he knows the 2-minute offense better than McNabb

  17. Sunday...Sunday...Sunday says: Oct 31, 2010 5:27 PM

    Sneki says:
    October 31, 2010 4:53 PM
    Forget just Rookie of the Year…Look for Suh at the Pro Bowl too!
    On the way to Restoring the Roar! Go Lions!

  18. Polo3 says: Oct 31, 2010 5:42 PM

    Bad, bad coaching move point blank!!!!

  19. DryBle says: Oct 31, 2010 5:58 PM

    Poor DanSnyder is sobbing into his Hogette costume. I hate to see a woman or a man in drag cry.

  20. favreslegacy says: Oct 31, 2010 6:00 PM

    Oh Yea, Go Huskers!!

  21. skinsblowpoles says: Oct 31, 2010 6:09 PM

    this is the second coming of dumbo gibbs suckas….whoa…whoa….whoa..
    shanarat and co is an embarassment…….
    last place again….whoa..whoa…whoa…

  22. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 31, 2010 6:10 PM

    McNabb sucks anyway. Although Grossman sucks even more, washington was due to be exposed as the below average team they are. They had no business winning that game on the road against a young up and coming team anyway

  23. skinsblowpoles says: Oct 31, 2010 6:14 PM

    hey dan synder…only losers complain about bad calls…oh thats right…u r with the 4skins……lmfao……

  24. winslow says: Oct 31, 2010 6:16 PM

    One of the few drafts in which the first two selections turn out to be the two best rookies.

  25. Infidel says: Oct 31, 2010 6:22 PM

    wd40 …
    Wrong you are. But nice attempt to make Redskins sound competitive by equating their pathetic o-line to the Giants – who are one of the best o-lines in the NFL.
    You are hereby banned from further moronic remarks for the evening.

  26. KaoTiX10 says: Oct 31, 2010 6:29 PM

    how did Kevin Smith look? i wasn’t able to see the game?

  27. kevo126 says: Oct 31, 2010 7:04 PM

    “The skins have a tendency to play down to their competition and get beaten with experience.”
    @dansnyder hahaha that is a joke right????? the redskins are horrible. how can they “play down to their competition” if the competition is clearly better. the lions and rams and both better teams than the redskins.
    look at the cowboys wins:
    cowboys (1-6): worst play ever before half gave them that game
    eagles (4-3): lost their qb in the first quarter
    packers (5-3): everyone on their team got hurt. missed two field goals, terrible call that set up the winning FG
    bears (4-3): the bears just suck
    oh and mcnabb sucks

  28. dawk says: Oct 31, 2010 7:16 PM

    HereThere says:
    “How many of loser McNabb haters will flood this thread? What’s the over/under on that. You Philly losers are as bad as Browns fans.”
    Why would we flood this thread since you Redskins fans were so gracious when you thought you scored a coup by trading for McNabb? No need to rub it in. We KNEW what you were getting. You know how you are feeling right now? Well, we felt that way for several years. Buckle the chinstrap, Bunkie, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

  29. JimmyLions says: Nov 1, 2010 2:33 AM

    How about Santana Moss’s attempted tackle of Suh!!! It looked like all Moss did was make the big guy mad at him.
    Megatron powering his way through the Skin’s defense was a great sight for us, but shows the Skin’s secondary isn’t exactly full of world class performers.
    With regard to Shanahan’s decision on Grossman, I don’t get it. It looks like Shanahan had hopes that a Grossman-lead comeback would ignite the team for the rest of the season. But … Suh and Vanden Bosch had been devouring the line all day. That’s not McNabb’s fault, and putting Grossman in sure wasn’t going to change anything.
    McNabb has a history of stepping up his game dramatically when he gets called out (on national TV) for sucking. In that context, benching him today could turn out to be Shanahan’s best move of the season.

  30. Patrick says: Nov 1, 2010 9:24 AM

    @KaoTiX10 …Kevin Smith ran&blocked strong and seems to have regained that deceptive speed&power he had before the knee injury…picked up some nice 1st downs in the 4thQ…

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