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.