Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
Is this the week?
Detroit is 0-2 this season and has lost 19 consecutive games dating to December 2007. But when you look at the Lions’ early-season roster, no game seems more likely for a breakthrough that Sunday’s home matchup against Washington. The Redskins staggered through a 9-7 victory last week against St. Louis, the worst team in the NFL based on ESPN.com’s Week 3 Power Rankings, and have lost their past four road games.
“I’m not overlooking the Lions,” Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said Wednesday. “You’ve seen what we’re doing. We scored nine points against the Rams last week. I think the Lions are a lot better than the Rams.”
Consider the Lions schedule over the next three weeks:
Oct. 4: at Chicago
Oct. 11: Pittsburgh at Ford Field
Oct. 18: at Green Bay
From this vantage point, Sunday is the Lions’ best bet to avoid an 0-6 start. (And yes, And I know I wrote Tuesday about the difficult short-term the Lions could face with quarterback Matthew Stafford making typical rookie mistakes.) But the Redskins 'offense is struggling to score this season, having managed only 26 points. (That helps a Lions defense that has given up 72 points this year.) Washington last won on the road on Nov. 23, 2008; since that victory, a 20-17 decision at Seattle, Washington has won only two of its nine games.
Coach Jim Zorn said Wednesday that he has spent “zero” time worrying about the Lions breaking their streak against him.
“I guess it’s a story,” Zorn said. “But not for me. They’re a good football team, so I would say zero.”
Here's one other schedule note that should put a smile on the face of Lions fans: In order to set the all-time NFL record of 26 consecutive losses, the Lions would have to lose at home Nov. 1 to the Rams. Stranger things have happened, but if it comes to that, I like the Lions' chances against St. Louis.