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Skins-Lions: One Year Later

The Detroit Lions who came into FedEx Field last October were a confident bunch, especially by Lions standards. Looking prolific on offense, they were 3-1 after a 44-7 pasting of Denver and were headed to a 6-2 record at the midpoint of the season.

Since then, well, notsomuch, as the Lions are 1-13. Let's take a quick look back at Week 5 of the 2007 NFL season, and the Lions' lopsided loss in Landover:

This was Antwaan Randle El's big day. He had 100 yards in receptions in the first half and could have had more had his hamstring not given out on him during what would have been a long TD catch (it was a precursor of recurring hamstring issues for the WRs that year). Jason Campbell had what may have been his best game to that point (23-for-29 for 248 yards with two TDs and zero picks).

Mike Sellers carried a heavy load with five carries - a season's worth for him - and he also caught three passes for 36 yards. He rushed for a TD and caught a TD pass. All in all, a pretty good day.

Offensively, the Lions were totally inept. They came in with the top-ranked passing attack in the NFL, but Jon Kitna threw for just 106 yards and no TDs. He was intercepted twice. The Skins pulled away with 18 fourth-quarter points, with Rock Cartwright recovering James Thrash's fumble on a return, and corner Carlos Rogers returning an interception for a TD. Andre Carter had a huge game with two sacks, a safety and eight tackles.

Could be a similar plotline this Sunday at Ford Field. It certainly looks like a mismatch.

This was Antwaan Randle El's big day. He had 100 yards in receptions in the first half and could have had more had his hamstring not given out on him during what would have been a long TD catch (it was a precursor of recurring hamstring issues for the WRs that year). Jason Campbell had what may have been his best game to that point (23-for-29 for 248 yards with two TDs and zero picks).

Mike Sellers carried a heavy load with five carries - a season's worth for him - and he also caught three passes for 36 yards. He rushed for a TD and caught a TD pass. All in all, a pretty good day.

Offensively, the Lions were totally inept. They came in with the top-ranked passing attack in the NFL, but Jon Kitna threw for just 106 yards and no TDs. He was intercepted twice. The Skins pulled away with 18 fourth-quarter points, with Rock Cartwright recovering James Thrash's fumble on a return, and corner Carlos Rogers returning an interception for a TD. Andre Carter had a huge game with two sacks, a safety and eight tackles.

Could be a similar plotline this Sunday at Ford Field. It certainly looks like a mismatch.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 24, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
 
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Comments

They should be renamed the Detroit Automakers, they both are losing out.

Posted by: katiebabe461 | October 24, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

1st?

Posted by: jmicrodoc | October 24, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

first. assassinate larry michael. hail JLa.

Posted by: The_Doc | October 24, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

JLC...

No mention of Eric Frampton? Sean Taylor? How can you write an entire article about that game...and not even mention that hit? Sean hit him so hard...he landed in Minnesota (literally)....

OH!

Posted by: jmicrodoc | October 24, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Stop jinxing us!

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 24, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I felt like I read it twice...

Posted by: GintheAtl | October 24, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Peter King has picked the Lions in this game, his reasoning is he's picked a few upsets already this year. When the Redskins win Peter King's media credentials need to be revoked.

Posted by: markhorn | October 24, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Power Rankings, picking games, I've gotta tell ya, I could not care less what these guys do. King, Banks, Zimmerman, heck, Zim was so desperate for attention that he did a bit last year with a swim-suit model picking games. And I think they were pretty well evenly matched. So what does that tell you......

In the event that the Lions do win, PK looks like a genius, however if the Redskins win, and I hope like HECK that they do, nothing gets made of it. So this is a chance you take at least ONCE a week with these types of situations...

For the Super Bowl last year, Zim picked the Giants, going against EVERYONE, and when the Giants won, he looked brilliant.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 24, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Um... Yep, we killed 'em last year, but neither of these teams are the same as last year. I do expect a significant win though. We'll see wont' we.

I want to know if Zorn plans to be a bit more "attacking" with his playcalling, is Thomas getting more plays in practice along with Davis?

How does Kelly fell about such a disappointing start to the season?

And what about the pro bowl? I understand that voting for the NFL Pro Bowl starts early every year. But as usual, it irritates me this year too. I don't have as much problem with the Pro Bowl itself as many do, but it isn't even the halfway point of the regular season yet!

Every year there are a number of players that are "snubbed" by the Pro Bowl voting, and I'm sure this year it will be no different.

There may be some hope this season however because of the fact that there is no single dominant team taking over media attention at this point in the season. Let's hope so.

There is also a relatively loud clamour to not even play this game every year. There are a number different reasons cited for this, from the game itself being boring to watch to claims that most players don't WANT to play in it.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/72242-pro-bowl-youve-got-to-be-kidding-me

Posted by: craig2 | October 24, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Nice article on the USA Today site about Campbell-Zorn.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/redskins/2008-10-23-sw-cover_N.htm

Posted by: kmichael76 | October 24, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

5.8 to the left, 4.6 up the middle, and 6.4 to the right.

That was the YPC in the run game versus Cleveland.

From post game heroes....thats very impressive...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 24, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Its a cool looking stadium home to a epicly bad team

Posted by: alex35332 | October 24, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"He's got a quiet confidence about himself," Smith said. "He doesn't get too high. He doesn't get too low. We didn't miss a beat."

----MEDIUM----

Posted by: Stu27 | October 24, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I want to know if Zorn plans to be a bit more "attacking" with his playcalling, is Thomas getting more plays in practice along with Davis?

Posted by: craig2 | October 24, 2008 8:38 AM

From what I've read on the Redskins' blog, Thomas has been looking good. The blogger noted that Thomas was having his way against any of the CBs that were covering him that day. Thomas is improving, I think he'll pay off big time down the strech.

Posted by: TWISI | October 24, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: tafka | October 24, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

that ump last night needs to be reassigned. he blew another call...and that was even more crucial than the first one.

so 4th, give us your review of last night's jibba jabba session at the post...

Posted by: dealer1 | October 24, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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