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Redskins-Lions keys to victory: defense

The four-week streak of knocking players out of the game is over, but last Sunday's game against the Bears was by far the defense's best performance of the season. Jim Haslett's 3-4 defense is slowly gaining momentum and, after the performance of Albert Haynesworth against Chicago, it would seem that it will be a terror for opposing offenses the rest of the season.

On Sunday they play against an offense that is very talented and competitive, but still hasn't figured out a way to win. There's no need for a letdown by Washington. Here's what the Redskins defense must do to win the game.

The Lions have a very talented young running back in Jahvid Best. He is versatile and very important to the Lions' offensive success. The Redskins must contain Best. If the defense limits his running and catching yards it will force Lions quarterback Matt Stafford to win the game. So yes. stop the run first and make sure to contain Best.

Stafford is coming off of a significant injury and this will be his first game back. I believe he will be rusty after the long layoff. Stafford does have weapons in the passing game -- particularly wide receiver Calvin Johnson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The key to stopping Stafford will be a combination of coverage and pressure.

The Redskins secondary is talented enough to shut down the Lions receivers, and with some good pressure the secondary may be able to come up with some interceptions again this week. The Redskins need to continue to get more hits on the QB. Hits rattle quarterbacks into mistakes. If the pass rush is there, the combination of Stafford's rustiness and the pressure will force him to throw the ball away.

So stop Best and the running game. Force Stafford to throw the ball. Pressure Stafford and force him into mistakes. And don't let Johnson or Pettigrew beat you in the passing game.

The edge clearly goes to the Redskins defense.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 27, 2010; 11:22 AM ET
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the Lions 1st round pick is gonna kill us.

Posted by: robzombie | October 27, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I do think Trent can handle Ndamukong Suh, but if he goes to the other side. uh oh

Posted by: robzombie | October 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse


Suh is a DT and will not be russhing off the edges!

Posted by: myeldell | October 27, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, does the Washington Post actually pay this clown for such elementary analysis?

"The edge clearly goes to the Redskins defense." Really? The NFL's 32nd ranked pass defense going against the 7th ranked pass offense, and it's a clear advantage for the D?

Clearly, Lavar Arrington took one too many shots to the head during his playing career. WaPo sports editors, if you ever want some real analysis, contact me or someone else who actually knows football beyond their hometown team, not this neanderthal moron.

"Force Stafford to throw the ball." Wow, I'm sure Jim Haslett can rest easy knowing that Lavar Arrington has drawn up such a complex and detailed defensive gameplan.

For the record, Stafford will light up the Redskins D and Lions win 34-23.

Posted by: albertat | October 28, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

albertat..I would just like to know what your qualifications are for the position you are soliciting? Just the idea that you are contributing your "analysis" in this venue says a lot about what you are able to contribute. Unfortunately every moron with a television is an analyst waiting to enlighten us. So why don't you stop fakin' and show us your game. Your mouth can say anything...behavior never lies. Isn't it nice in this tech age that any moron with an idea can anonymously post and rip others without having to man up and face somebody. (Gee I think I just did what I was accusing some other moron of doing) At least I'm trying to ownup.

Posted by: swimmer11 | October 28, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

then he's really gonna kill us!

Posted by: robzombie | October 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm really getting tired of people complaining about the reporters on here. Bottom line, Lavar played in the NFL unlike all of the couch analyst's on here. By all means post what you think but keep your criticism off the thread. I think we will be able to run the ball and thus control the time of possession in this game. If we do, we should be able to win. Skins 24 Lions 21

Posted by: mhadidia | October 29, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go far out on a limb here and say the redskins will win, 17-14

Posted by: notthecrochunter | October 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

This is the weakest opponent Redskins have faced all year, which doesn't bode well for the Redskins. However, the defense is looking better and you can only lose to teams like the Rams and Lions so many times before you get tired of it. I expect 4 turnovers by the Lions and a better game from the Redskins offense will make this the Redskins' first easy win.

I'm sure I have already read this Lavar article twice this year with different names filled in the places that now hold Lions' names.

Posted by: zickzack | October 31, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey Swimmer11,

Who's the "moron" now?

My analysis/prediction: "For the record, Stafford will light up the Redskins D and Lions win 34-23."

Stafford: 4 TDs. Lions win 37-25.

Wow, you Skins fans really are pathetic. And yes, Lavar Arrington as a paid "analyst" is one of the most laughable things I've ever read from a professional news outlet. The WaPo sports dept. should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: albertat | November 1, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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