It was a significant game for the Lions after a Week 2 loss at Arizona, and adding to that was the uncertainty heading in of
As it turns out, head coach Jim Schwartz opted to hold Bush out of the game, but the Lions came through with a 27-20 win regardless.
"I think the biggest for us is getting the win on the road," said Stafford after the game. "It’s tough to win on the road here or any place in the NFL. This is a tough place. It’s a big stadium and crowd was loud and cheering for the Redskins today. I’m glad to just come out of here with a win."
MORE NOTES, QUOTES AND TAKEAWAYS FROM SUNDAY'S WIN:
- Lions suffered a tough blow when they lost DE
Jason Jonesfor the season to a ruptured patella tendon. Calvin Johnsonmay have led Lions receivers with seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown, but it was the "supporting cast" that really stepped up in this game. A 116-yard performance by Nate Burlesonand key catches by Ryan Broyles, Tony Scheffler, Kris Durhamand Joseph Fauriawere essential to the win.
- That certainly doesn't mean the Lions marquee players didn't contribute. Quite the opposite, in fact. Along with Stafford and Johnson, DT
Ndamukong Suhturned in another big performance. He finished with four solo tackles and one QB hit.
- The Lions' defensive line turned in another strong performance at Washington, even after the loss of Jones. Rookie DE Ziggy Ansah finished with 2.0 sacks and DE
Willie Youngfinished with four quarterback hits.
- The secondary also came up with key plays.
Chris Houstonhad an interception and two pass defenses. Rashean Mathis(3), Louis Delmas(1) and Bill Bentley(1) also had pass breakups.
- Also notable is that Mathis got the start over rookie CB
Darius Slay. Schwartz said after the game that he simply wanted to go with Mathis' experience in a complicated game plan.
- "Slay is going to be an outstanding player," said Schwartz. "We have all the confidence in the world in him. As a rookie, there are just so many things that he is seeing for the first time. This was very difficult game plan defensively because of the option.
- "Rashean has really been a valuable player for us. He’s stepped in and did a nice job. I would have liked to have seen him intercept that one ball and keep our blood pressure down just a little bit for the end of the game, but he did a nice job.”