Twentyman: "Same old Lions" doesn't apply this week in 27-20 win at Washington

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Breaking the 0-for-21 mark the team had in Washington dating back to 1939 was a good start

Landover, MD -- If the "same old Lions" mantra is ever truly going to leave this current Detroit Lions team, some of the awful streaks associated with the franchise have to start falling by the wayside.

Breaking the 0-for-21 mark the team had in Washington dating back to 1939 was a good start.

The Lions went into Washington Sunday and beat a playoff team, 27-20, on the road.

“Same old Lions” doesn’t apply this week.

It’s the first road win for the team since last Nov. 4 of last year (Jacksonville) and gets the Lions to 2-1 on the season.

The win was sealed in the fourth quarter when quarterback Matthew Stafford converted a fourth-down-and-1 at the Redskins 11-yard line. That led to an 11-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to receiver Calvin Johnson two plays later and gave the Lions a 27-17 lead.

That sequence was set up when the Lions caught a break on the Calvin Johnson "process of catch" rule on Washington’s series before. An apparent 57-yard touchdown catch by Aldrick Robinson from Robert Griffin III was called back after Robinson didn’t complete the process of the catch as he went to the ground going into the end zone.

The Redskins punted and the Lions put together a drive that sealed the game.

Stafford spearheaded the effort for the Lions all game with the 19th 300-yard passing game of his career. The fifth-year starter completed 25-of-42 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns.

He did have an interception that was returned for a 17-yard touchdown by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall in the first quarter.

It was the only real blemish for Stafford in the game.

His main targets on the day were Johnson (seven catches for 115 yards) and receiver Nate Burleson (six, 116 yards). It was the first time since the Thanksgiving Day game last year the Lions had two 100-yard receivers in the same game (Ryan Broyles and Johnson).

Playing for the injured Reggie Bush, running back Joique Bell had 63 yards rushing and another 69 through the air on four catches. He also scored one of the three Lions touchdowns on the day with a 12-yard run in the first quarter.

Rookie tight end Joseph Fauria scored the other, a 5-yard catch from Stafford in the second quarter.

The Lions got good defensive performances from safety Glover Quin, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Chris Houston and rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah.

Quin recovered a fumble in the third quarter at the Detroit 25-yard line that stalled a Redskins drive.

Houston had an interception at the Lions 13-yard line that killed another drive.

Ansah had two sacks and Suh was his typical dominant self, causing raucous all over the field.

It’s certainly not the “same old Lions” this week.