Sunday, September 27, 2009
Wrap-up: Lions 19, Redskins 14
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Redskins have had some embarrassing losses over the years, but Sunday's has to rank near the top.
The Lions, a team that went 0-for-'08, came out and manhandled the Redskins, 19-14, at Ford Field. In the first half, the Redskins didn't even belong on the same field as the Lions, who hadn't won a game since Dec. 23, 2007. Second-year running back Kevin Smith slashed through the Skins' revitalized defensive line with ease, and rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford calmly led his team down the field.
And even when the Redskins had an opportunity to do something early in the fourth quarter, they couldn't get out of their own way. Quarterback Jason Campbell dumped off the ball to wide receiver Devin Thomas for a 15-yard gain that was wiped out when center Casey Rabach was called for holding.
Wide receiver Santana Moss had a big day for the Redskins, but the lack of a running game was their undoing. The Lions held the Skins to zero yards rushing in the first half, and Clinton Portis wasn't all that effective in the second half, either.
Thus begins one of the longest weeks of Jim Zorn's life. He will be questioned at every turn -- and there will be plenty of Redskins fans calling for his job. I think owner Dan Snyder will hold off for at least another week, but that's just a gut feeling. Snyder's made an in-season change before (Norv Turner), and I'm sure he's disgusted by Sunday's outcome.
Even when the Skins had a last-second chance to go for the win, they made a highly questionable decision to throw the ball short and then try to pitch the ball to other players. Campbell could've easily put the ball in the end zone on those last couple of plays. And they could've even gone for a quick sideline route. It was emblematic of the team's entire performance Sunday.
Maybe the hardest thing for the Redskins to stomach is the fact that they lost to a better team. That's right. The Lions didn't back their way into this win. They hit the Skins in the mouth from the start. And when the Redskins' defense desperately needed a stop in the fourth quarter, Chris Horton was called for pass interference.
Has Zorn lost the Redskins' locker room? Well, the team certainly didn't play like they wanted to save the man's job. I don't think Snyder will pull the trigger, but I wouldn't be shocked if he did. Back with much more analysis in about 45 minutes.