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
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
Playing for the injured
Rookie tight end
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.