For the first time ever, the Lions have won in Washington.
Snapping a 21-game road losing streak at Washington, the Lions held on to win 27-20 today, improving their record to 2-1 and dropping winless Washington to 0-3.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a big game against a suspect Washington secondary, completing 25 of 42 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford did throw one bad interception that was returned for a touchdown by DeAngelo Hall, but for the most part Stafford was free of mistakes and effective at spreading the ball around to all of his receivers. It’s particularly good news for the Lions that their offense played well on a day when starting running back Reggie Bush was out with a knee injury. Although Joique Bell doesn’t have Bush’s blazing speed, Bell was solid in the first start of his NFL career.
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had a decent game passing the ball, completing 32 of 49 passes for 326 yards, but he had a costly interception on a bad decision when he was getting chased out of the pocket. And although Griffin also gained 37 yards on the ground, most of that came on one 21-yard run, a run that ended with a Griffin fumble.
Washington has now dug an 0-3 hole for itself, although in the weak NFC East it’s still possible that the defending division champions could come back and make a run to the playoffs. But that 0-3 hole is deep.