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A 13-0 Hole at the Half

In retrospect, maybe that first quarter wasn't so bad.

In the second quarter, the Lions hung six more points on the Redskins - Jason Hansen's two field goals extended Detroit's lead to 13-0 - and Washington lost the most expensive defensive player in the NFL. After he made a big third-down sack, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was carted off the field with a right hip flexor. Though his return was listed as questionable, he was unable to walk off the field, and it didn't appear he was able to put any weight on his right leg.

In dominating the Redskins through one half, Detroit controlled the clock 22 minutes to the Redskins' 8 minutes. While quarterback Jason Campbell's halftime numbers look fine - 8 for 13 for 101 yards -- it's the Redskins' running game that did them few favors. The Lions' ran for 116 yards, compared to the Redskins' 0. And Detroit running back Kevin Smith already has 82 yards on 12 carries. Clinton Portis, who was limited in practice last week and listed as questionable entering the game, posted minus-2 yards on 4 carries. Not good.

All three of the Lions' scoring drives started inside their own 10-yard line.

The Lions' rookie quarterback Matt Stafford has posted the two best quarters of his brief career, finishing the half 14-of-24 passing for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Perhaps the biggest first-half surprise is the Redskins' defense, which has struggled mightily against a poor offensive team. The Lions were ranked No. 29 in the NFL on third-down conversions; in one half against the Redskins, they converted nine of 12 attempts. Detroit amassed 274 yards of offense in the first half; the Redskins only 74.

On the bright side, Redskins' punter Hunter Smith averaged 53.5 yards on two punts in the opening half.

By Rick Maese  |  September 27, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
 
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Comments

email address for Marty S???? Please!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The head coach of the Redskins in Wk 4 vs. Buccs will be:

A) Greg Blache
B) Danny Smith
C) Lindsay Czarniak

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

How can this be? No excuse!

Posted by: ssh1549 | September 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Alan4- JC is VERY LUCKY he doesn't have an int returned for TD... just sayin'

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't give me that, people have been screaming for JC to take chances. If that's the case, expect more ints..just sayin...

Posted by: TWISI | September 27, 2009 2:42 PM

Posted by: TWISI | September 27, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

fourth to say Losers

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | September 27, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

0 rush yards? i smell a contract extension for portis.

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

On the bright side, Redskins' punter Hunter Smith averaged 53.5 yards on two punts in the opening half.

By Rick Maese | September 27, 2009; 2:40 PM ET

He's scored one of our two TDs this year. I think we need to get him more involved in the offense this half.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

i'm hoping someone blew a gasket during halftime...hoping someone absolutely had a meltdown, something got smashed, holes put into walls, tables overturned....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Redskins time of possesion 1:41 seconds in the second Quarter. Unexceptable

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | September 27, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Zorn has lost this team. Looks like Blache has as well. Both being schooled by the Lions on how to play FB in the NFL.

This team is completely unmotivated and has zero confidence.

Zorn should have inactivated CP since he is not healthy and to show the team that no one is above the team. Once again Zorn showed why he does not need to wear a jock strap. No STONES!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 27, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

TWISI- that's what you call a chance? That was like a 5 yard pass. I'm not talking about the long pass to Kelly.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Where's barno?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 27, 2009 2:22 PM

Don't worry he'll show up soon enough to tell the rest of us how he's such a much better 'Skins fan than all of us.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 2:27 PM

I can only hope our players don't give up on this game and the season as quickly as the fans. I absolutely hate losing as much as any of you, but this same Detroit team was up 10-0 last week against Minnesota and looked well on its way to its first win. And last I checked, they did not get the W.

But even if we don't win this game, I am not giving up on this team or this season. 1-2 would obviously not be a good start, but the season would be far from over.

Hail.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 27, 2009 2:39 PM

==========================================

Only took 12 minutes for my prediction to come true.

Of course Barno is the same guy who thinks Ralph Friedgen is the 2nd coming of Vince Lombardi.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

...this is what you get when you have the worst GM and evaluator of talent in the entire NFL. It does eventually catch up with you, which is now painfully obvious.

Posted by: oddjob1 | September 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

TD

Posted by: Eumctom | September 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

HOLY S!!!! TD!!!!!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

HTTR!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Zorn for Pres!!!

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

TD MOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you JC and 89!!!!!!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

there we go!

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

TD!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ga8085 | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Just freakin' go no huddle. That seems to be the only way this team does well.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

bout time!!

Posted by: tonyc | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Just realized that our best play of the first half was the 15 yard face mask penalty against the Lions. We should try that play every snap.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

GOOD From the other WA...

Posted by: dmlopez1 | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, on a POSITIVE note, when we all end up in hell for our various sins we've all committed over the years just think how much fun WE can have when we run into Vinny and Danny down in Haites.

Oh that'll be good times.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice TD. Now we will find out if the players have any pride. Time to step up and play.

Too bad Monty is inactive.

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The only way the Skins could have scored a TD is to not be in the Red Zone. Let's hope they don't get ever get in it.

Posted by: JeanJak | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

maybe our D will do something for a change next drive.

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

OMG! We scored a touchdown. This is unbelievable.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Oops. Sorry... I'm listening on the west coast to 980.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

King Zorn! Head Coach for life!

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

now the defense has to start fouling some guys up.....landry/rocky/rogers/hall, time to earn your keep

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyon who's the worst owner: Peter Angelos or Dan Synder?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Alan4- JC is VERY LUCKY he doesn't have an int returned for TD... just sayin'

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:40 PM

He's also UNLUCKY his targets don't hold onto his TD passes, so maybe it balances out.... just sayin'

Posted by: Alan4 | September 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

There must be a lot of busted furniture in the locker room from halftime...

Posted by: edvar | September 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I am not giving up on this team or this season. 1-2 would obviously not be a good start, but the season would be far from over.

Hail.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 27, 2009 2:39 PM

Wow. Barno as the voice of reason on the blog? Go, Barno!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Yay. Don't fire Zorn!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | September 27, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Step up, D, STEP UP!!!

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

1:45 seconds into the second half and they have scored there 3rd TD this season. Hail

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

okay how bout the D makes a play. is that so much to ask????

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

At least they got on the board. But they need more than that.

Posted by: jiacinto | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

a turnover now woud b cluuuutch

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

well, we might be able to salvage this game with the quick 7.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

am not giving up on this team or this season. 1-2 would obviously not be a good start, but the season would be far from over.

Hail.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 27, 2009 2:39 PM


You don't have to "give up on the team" to say that they look like CRAP...all you have to do is be honest.

That having been said, I say we cut everyone and rebuild around MOSS!

Posted by: p1funk | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

i agree with barno, I'm not giving up...win or lose today, lots of football left to play

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

sellers injured on the play? according to cbs gametracker

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Just freakin' go no huddle. That seems to be the only way this team does well.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | September 27, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

That's because Campbell call the plays!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

okay how bout the D makes a play. is that so much to ask????

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

As long as it isn't 3rd down...

Posted by: p1funk | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

You know, I can't believe that I actually jumped out of my seat and leapt back and forth across my living room because we scored one touchdown against the freaking Lions... How low have we fallen?

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

let's get a pick 6 by Carlos.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

From my times of watching the Skins play with Snyder as owner, when the offense finally gives us any hope, the usual reliable defense seems to find an untimely way to take it away.

Posted by: JeanJak | September 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

At least they got on the board. But they need more than that.

Posted by: jiacinto | September 27, 2009 2:51 PM

Some see the glass as half full. jiacinto only posts when he can say it's 3/4 empty.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

gotta go 3 and out here....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

even if we win. even if we blow them out in the second half.

i dont care. fire zorn, vinny and impeach synder.

Posted by: rsskinsfan | September 27, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

wow I've been waiting 3 years for Landry give a big hit!

Posted by: The_Spear | September 27, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

bout time Landry did something

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

our secondary is TERRIBLE

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

F yes!!! thank you ref

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

How bout Joe Bugel?


The head coach of the Redskins in Wk 4 vs. Buccs will be:

A) Greg Blache
B) Danny Smith
C) Lindsay Czarniak

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: rsskinsfan | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

gotta go 3 and out here....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:53 PM

Is that three downs or three points?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

caught a break on that one

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

YESSS!!! Offense

Posted by: rickyroge | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

landry got extremely lucky

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

off interference, that'll wipe that smug look off stafford's face.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love the guy, its not a good sign when Reed doughty is your best playmaker

Posted by: vze2bnyf | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Dodged a bullet on that one... Yikes.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

At least Fat Albert is walking

Posted by: rickyroge | September 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

our secondary is TERRIBLE

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 2:55 PM

They would look a lot better with some sort of pass rush.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

what happen to the game??

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Some see the glass as half full. jiacinto only posts when he can say it's 3/4 empty
------------------------------------------

Because it is 3/4 empty!

Posted by: jiacinto | September 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would love a typical Detroit Lions collapse right about now.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

and a 3rd down stop! haynesworth's back 2.

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I beg to differ that at 1-2 this seasonsould not be over. If they can't beat the lions, what makes anyone think they can beAt anyone else on the sched besides kc? I'm not giving up on this game yet but c'mom

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

D HELD!!!!!!!

HAYNESWORTH IS BACK!!!!

smack my mamma

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

if calvin didnt push off he wouldnt have caught the ball, Landry was toe to toe with him, woulda def knocked it away or gotten in the way.

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

WTF????????? Haynesworth pulled a "Willis Reed"!!!

Let's go SKINS!!!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Play Doughty like a LB, why not he is the best tackler at this point.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Randle El fair catch, what's new?

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

ARE must of thought he was on the 20 yrd line. Shouldve let it go if its inside the 10 in the air.....

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

i feel like zorn is gonna call a play action deep ball on 1st down (which everyone is gonna expect) and waste a down, causing a 3 & out. my recommendation is to get a couple 1st downs before we take the deep shot again.

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Did we actually make some adjustments at half time... or did we get lucky?

The Lions secondary sucks. I don't know why we didn't try to take advantage of that in the first half.

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

woulda def knocked it away or gotten in the way.

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 2:58 PM

Probably would have had a pick 6. That's why Calvin pushed him.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Randle El fair catch, what's new?

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

---

that was actually a smart fair catch that time.

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It is so painful to be a Washington Redskins fan these days, I can't take it anymore! Dannyboy has ruined this storied franchise. Losing to the Lions with virtually no rushing yards in the first half? I see a new head coach at the helm next week who will give Collins a shot at running the offense and by the way, Blache should leave too.

Posted by: dfigure | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

JC just crossed someone up!!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOD JASON CAMPBELL GOT LUCKY WITH THAT FUMBLE!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by JC!!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@rachel, did you expect him to not fair catch that in that position? sheesh


tanaman!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | September 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

are the lions fans really booing their own team with a 13-7 LEAD after losing the last 19 games?

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

look like the team might have gotten ther azzes chewed out at halftime

Posted by: nami322 | September 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Randle El fair catch, what's new?

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 2:59 PM

What would be new is if you showed any understanding of the game of football. If he hadn't caught it, he would have been killed by that guy next to him or the ball would have been downed inside the five.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

shooot. 3rd down.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Stop running, it's NOT working!

Posted by: rachel216 | September 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

the felines are overloading the left side. if portis had run right on that draw, it's a DEFINITE first down. lets get creative here zorny.

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

would love a typical Detroit Lions collapse right about now.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake

sorry times for Skins fans..... hoping the opposition falls versus kicking them in their teeth to win. Skins are oh so average and no coach will win here without a serious overhaul of the personnel.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

CP has a big hole in the back of the jersey, between the #s. Noticed it on that face mask that the refs did not call.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | September 27, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

agreed, no need to run, spread them out, chuck it all around the field....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 27, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

good ole te, always making new friends!

Posted by: Curzon417 | September 27, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I see a new head coach at the helm next week who will give Collins a shot at running the offense

Posted by: dfigure | September 27, 2009 3:00 PM

JC17 is 12/17 for 200 yards with 1 TD, 0 INTs and a 129.5 QB rating. Portis/Betts have 8 rushes for 17 yards.

Why would you replace the one thing on offense that's working?

Posted by: Alan4 | September 27, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

INTERCEPTION! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 27, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Ah, NOW there's the JC we know and love.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

just saw the slo mo replay...campbell made one look the whole way to the interception.. He telegraphs his throws and is slow to release.. deadly combo..

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 27, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Can't force it into double coverage

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | September 27, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

i feel like we have to hold the lions scoreless for the rest of the game. i dont see 2 more scores in this offense.

Posted by: kman2 | September 27, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Ah, NOW there's the JC we know and love.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 27, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Okay, that's a cheap shot. JC may have his issues, but seriously, he's no INT-happy Romo. Do we forget the first half of last season?

Posted by: suzannepdc | September 27, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The O-LINE is as bad as any in the whole league - cannot be emphasized enough.

JC would actually be better off without any line - at least they wouldn't get in his g-da#n way.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | September 27, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Portis looks good as long as someone isn't hitting him in the backfield.

Posted by: kyureosity | September 27, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

someone's drinking..
+++++++++++

JC would actually be better off without any line.........

Posted by: tomfoley1 | September 27, 2009 3:11 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 27, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

bad pass.... Hey JC..if you are running forward and throwing.. you need to pull back on the velocity.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | September 27, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey got to stop trying to go to Moss all the time. El was open down the middle.

Posted by: jm220 | September 27, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I've seen high school teams with better game plans. This is embarrassing.

Posted by: LouLewis | September 27, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

WHY BETTS?

Posted by: Spanglerg | September 27, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Fair catch, Fair catch, Fair catch! WTF!!

Posted by: Spanglerg | September 27, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

THAT WAS A FACEMASK!

Posted by: RichinVA | September 27, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Stafford with his tongue wagging... wouldn't you love to make him bite it. How did Michael Jordan ever make it look distinguished? Punk kid.

Posted by: chavez66 | September 27, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

19-14.
Thank god for the prevent defense.

Prevent = Points

ALWAYS

Posted by: RichinVA | September 27, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Pitch to Betts? That the best you can come up with!!!LOOOOOOOSER!!!!

Posted by: Spanglerg | September 27, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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