Lions Bad/Skins Good
A favorite pastime on NFL Mondays is to read the press coming out of two cities on opposite sides of the same game, to observe just how simultaneously great the winning team was and terrible the losing team was. The Lions aren't terrible--they have a winning record--but they aren't great--they lost their previous road game BY 35 POINTS!!! The Redskins aren't great--they blew a 14-lead to the Giants--but they aren't terrible--they're 3-1. Nevertheless....
Mitch Albom in Detroit: "Egg, laid. Here it was Sunday, fresh from the wet hen of a Lions offense that didn't click and a Lions defense that didn't attack. No touchdowns. No sacks. No win. All feathers....[Roy] Williams may well have been stinging over the offensive line, which also disappeared for much of the day, allowing a mediocre Washington pass rush to look like the 737th Tank Battalion. Let's just say it. The line is bad."
Fair enough, but for the record, the Redskins are now tied for seventh in the NFL in sacks per game.
Wash Times: " 'When you leave us one-on-one, we are good rushers,' defensive end Philip Daniels said of a front that includes tackles Cornelius Griffin and Anthony Montgomery. 'People underestimate what we can do up front.'..
[Carlos] Rogers and Co. surely disrupted the receivers, but it was the steamrolling defensive line that paved the way."
Fair enough, but for the record, Detroit had given up 27 sacks, eight more than any other team.
Steve Schrader in Detroit: "Take away that gaudy finish against Chicago last week, the NFL-record 34 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lions have scored just six points in their last nine quarters. That's two Jason Hanson field goals over the last two quarters in Philly, the first three against the Bears, and all four against the Redskins. Hmm."
MLive: "Except for a flurry of points -- an NFL record of 34 -- in the fourth quarter of last week's game against the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions have been suffering through a serious offensive drought."
A1 of The Post: "They came into the great canyon of a stadium as one of the most potent offenses in professional football, a blur of receivers scattering across the field in a mass of organized cohesion. In the few short weeks of this NFL season, the Detroit Lions had become a team to be feared."
Just so we're clear, the Lions either have a scuffling offense, or one of the most potent attacks in professional football.
Roy Williams: "They didn't throw nothing at us. They are what we saw on film. They're going to sit back and play zone...."
Carlos Rogers: "We did a good job messing up their intervals, getting the receivers off their timing, getting jams on them. This game, that worked well for us, taking the spots away on the field they like to throw the ball and disrupting their timing."
So either the DB's disrupted the Detroit offense by jamming them and screwing up their timing, or they didn't.
Rod Marinelli: "It's a team loss -- coaching, offense, defense, special teams, all areas."
Fred Smoot: "They're a great offense man, and I just think [the defense] came up and matched them play for play, and the special teams and offense played good."
Team loss, team win. Detroit stunk, Washington was great. Well, whatever.
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