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Penalties contribute to Redskins' unraveling vs. Lions

The Redskins committed 10 penalties for 77 yards in Sunday's 37-25 loss at Detroit, including a number of infractions that either helped Detroit score or took points off the board for Washington.

The first came on a fourth-and-1 play from the Redskins' 7 yard line and the Lions lining up for a field goal. Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, though, was called for encroachment -- an infraction that gave the Lions a first-and-goal at the Washington 3.

Several Redskins said afterward that Detroit long snapper Don Muhlbach moved the ball before he snapped it.

"The center moved the football on the field goal play," linebacker London Fletcher said. "You saw about three, four guys move. They're not just jumping."

The Lions scored two plays later to take a 14-13 lead in the third quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, returner Brandon Banks appeared to have a 95-yard return for a touchdown. But safety Reed Doughty was called for a block in the back, and the Redskins instead took over at their own 8.

"Reed is a very good special teams player," said Washington cornerback Brian Westbrook, "so I doubt that he tried to deliberately block him in the back."

The final key penalty came with the Redskins leading 25-20. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford threw incomplete on second and 10 -- bringing up what looked like it might be a huge third-down play. But safety Kareem Moore was charged with defensive holding -- only a five-yard penalty, but an automatic first down. Four plays later, the Lions scored the go-ahead touchdown.

"Obviously we would have loved to have had those points, but it's football," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "Things like that happen. You're going to get penalties. You've just got to fight through them. Just because we gave those 10 points up [on defense], we still made a lot more mistakes on top of all that."

By Barry Svrluga  | October 31, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
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The NFL is so concerned with maintaining profits during a recession, they will readily rig games ..It's blatant and obvious...Squeezing profits is nothing new by the big league managements- NBA, MLB, NHL all regularly stretch series for a profit..This game was rigged, who knows if the new management was in on it..It's happened before...

Posted by: frak | October 31, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland's defense delivered one of its best performance in years to help the Raiders even their record at the midpoint of the season with a 33-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

10/31/2010 7:55:31 PM

Posted by: gwest1 | October 31, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

reality check: we are a BAD team, sorry to break the news. We have a few good players, always, do, but TEAM-wise we have reinevented SUCK. Gibbs really did see something back in 92-93.........

Posted by: aginsburg | October 31, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

In addition to the key penalties called that are mentioned by J. Reid, there was a holding call on what could have been McNabb's final drive for the win, a hold on Trent Williams that even the FOX broadcast crew and others felt was a falsehood, and later a hold on Anthony Armstrong that was not called. On the long kick return from Detroit they had blocking in the back that was not called.

I feel nearly certain that the games are rigged, at a minimum to support home field advantage with lock outs looming and the NFL being a business, they want the gate receipts to stay high and they want to curb local blackouts.

I have to assume that the Redskins occaisonally benefit from rigging too, but to be a fan for so long, you wonder if the constant sell out crowds at Fed-Ex work against us, I.E., the league does not have to worry about DC fans, the money shows up no matter what the record for the past 20 years. Dan's fellow owners probably cast secret ballots against he and Jerry Jones because they wanted revenue sharing.

Posted by: DownTownClown | October 31, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

frak and DownTownClown, thank you for those paranoid, retarded ramblings.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | November 1, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

those were all bad calls plus the holding call on williams was bad. the zebras got us today. they were horrible.

Posted by: cavalieri10 | November 1, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Detroit now finally has something to hang their hat on. Good for them. They'll need it living in the crappiest, most depressing, piece of dog doodoo city that the recession has ever placed it's cold hands on.

Enjoy it Detroit -- because god knows you need it.

Posted by: CYA_Coach | November 1, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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