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Keys to the game: Redskins vs. Lions checklist

The Redskins are once again back at .500 in the win-loss column. After a very disappointing showing in Detroit the Redskins will have to not only regroup, but figure out who will lead this offense after the bye week.


Had to run the ball: No.Torain went out with a hamstring injury, Williams did an okay job but the 100-yard-plus rushing streak ended, and the run game was once again abandoned.

Pass protect: No. The offensive line should be offended by their effort on Sunday. It was poor at best. McNabb was picking himself up off the ground for much of the game. Seven sacks were allowed -- not a good day for the Redskins' O-line.

Convert 3rd downs: No. This week's the most telling stat: The Redskins were 2 of 14 (14 percent) on third downs. This is an unbelievable stat. A team must convert more than two third downs. They must improve for the second half of the season.

Protect the ball: No. Once again the Redskins turned the ball over for a touchdown. It's one thing not to put points up on offense, but it's another problem all together when a unit turns the ball over for points.

Cut down on penalties: No. Ten penalties cost the team 77 yards. This is no good.

Stop the run: Yes. Kevin Smith and Jahvid Best were relatively quiet all day and were not able to reach 100 yards rushing.

Get the pass rush going: No. The Redskins did not get enough pressure on Stafford -- only one recorded sack on the day. It was a sub-par effort in the pass-rush column.

Force Stafford into mistakes: No. The defense allowed a rusty, young QB get into a groove with his favorite receiver, Calvin Johnson.

Don't give up the big play to Calvin Johnson: No. He made the big plays when they were needed.

Force turnovers: No. Hall did what he could do by getting an early interception but there was only one other turnover in the game. Not good enough.

Special teams
Cover well: No. The Lions posted numbers that were way too high to consider coverage a success in this game.

Make FG's: Yes. Gano was a perfect 2 for 2 on the day and added three extra points.

What were your keys to the game and how did the Redskins play in your opinion?

By LaVar Arrington  | November 1, 2010; 12:09 AM ET
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First..Redskins are going to be AT BEST 7-9. What a horrible game yesterday and for once, I can honestly say Im ashamed to be a Redskins fan. What a pathetic display of effort by the Offensive line.

I bet Kyle Shanahan is regretting leaving the Houston Texans right about now.

Posted by: dank32 | November 1, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I just re-watched the game on Direct tv "short cuts". This game was definitely winnable.

-defensive holding penalties kept Detroit on the field which led to scores twice.

-The offsides on Detroits FG attempt was huge. Turned Detroit 3 points into 7.

-Offensive line struggled w/ pass protection. Despite this McNabb made three big plays that kept us in the game.
-a 50+ yarder from deep in our own territory which led to our first fg.
-36 yd scramble that led to 1st TD
-long pass to Armstrong in early 4th leading to TD run by Williams.

-Going for 2 points early in the fourth was a mistake, this allowed Detroit to go for two make it and be up 3 instead of 1. A FG go tie isn't as good as a position as a FG to win.

-Brandon Banks was a salient bright spot. It's nice to have a return game. D.C. hasn't had this in a long time.

-Defense couldn't stop Detroit on 4th down in middle fourth qtr that probably would have won the game.

-The late interception hurt but McNabb's hand was hit on the throw and in hindsight is was probably better to Punt and give the defense a chance instead of going for it on 4th & 10 considering how poorly the line was playing. (hindsight 20/20)

Of course despite all this seeing a minute and 45 seconds left and a touchdown still wins it gave me hope. Until I saw Grossman trot onto the field. My draw dropped. WTF?

Posted by: tomgill21 | November 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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