NFC North: 2010 Week 5 Wrap-ups

Wrap-up: Redskins 16, Packers 13

October, 10, 2010
Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal in overtime Sunday to give the Washington Redskins a 16-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.

What it means: Now 3-2, the Packers are once again a game behind the Chicago Bears in the NFC North. The Packers have to be sick after not only losing a game they controlled for most of the afternoon, but also after seeing another injury to a significant player. The Packers led for the first 58 minutes, 39 seconds of the game. I didn't see every snap while in transit, but watching Mason Crosby's 53-yard field goal attempt bounce off the left upright near the end of regulation must have been painful.

Injury of note: Tight end Jermichael Finley didn't return after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter and was later seen standing on the sidelines with crutches. The Packers already were playing Sunday without tailback Ryan Grant, right tackle Mark Tauscher, linebacker Nick Barnett, linebacker Brandon Chillar and safety Morgan Burnett. Losing Finley for any amount of time would represent the biggest blow by far. We'll keep you updated on any details that arise, but for now Packers fans everywhere are holding their breath. Making matters worse, the Packers also played much of the game without veteran backup tight end Donald Lee, who didn't return after suffering a shoulder injury. That left rookie Andrew Quarless playing key minutes in a close game.

Think about it: The Packers' two losses have both come with less than five seconds remaining in the respective games. Chicago Bears place-kicker Robbie Gould booted a 19-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in Week 3. Sunday, Gano's 33-yard field goal came on the final play.

Flags fly: The Packers added another nine penalties to their season total, including two that helped the Redskins get Gano in position for an easier field goal attempt in overtime. Linebacker Brady Poppinga's holding penalty gave the Redskins another set of downs after failing to convert third-and-1 from the Packers' 30-yard line, and a pass interference call three plays on cornerback Charles Woodson got the Redskins out of a third-and-15 at the 30.

What's next: The Packers hope to rebound next Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Miami Dolphins.

Wrap-up: Lions 44, Rams 6

October, 10, 2010
Wrapping up the Detroit Lions' 44-6 victory against the St. Louis Rams.

What it means: The Detroit Lions entered this game believing their organizational improvement had been belied by an 0-4 start. Fair enough. If that's the case, then you have to beat the St. Louis Rams at home. And that's exactly what the Lions did, putting together their biggest victory in 15 years. That's right. The last time the Lions won a game by 38 or more points was on Dec. 17, 1995 -- a 44-0 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Via

Game-breaker: Kick returner Stefan Logan, claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, returned a second-quarter kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions the lead for good. It was the first time that a Lions kickoff returner had brought one back for a touchdown in six years. (We're not counting Casey FitzSimmons' 41-yard return in 2007). The Lions have had some trouble scoring touchdowns this season, but Logan's return opened the floodgates Sunday.

By the numbers: The Lions entered this game with 11 turnovers in their first four games. They had none Sunday. Enough said.

Interesting call: For what it's worth, I had no problem with coach Jim Schwartz's decision to call a halfback option pass with the Lions comfortably ahead midway through the fourth quarter. You can squawk about "sportsmanship" if you want, and then go back to Pop Warner, where it matters. There are no mercy calls in pro football, at least there shouldn't be. Especially not in Detroit. This is an organization that has been beat down in as many ways as you can imagine. Sunday was the Lions' fourth victory in their past 45 games. This group needs to learn how to aggressively pursue victories instead of trying to stave off losses. I'm all for the mentality that led to that call.

What's next: The Lions will try for the first winning streak in three years next Sunday at the New York Giants.