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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wrap-up: Lions 37, Redskins 25

By Kevin Seifert

Wrapping up the Detroit Lions' 37-25 win against the Washington Redskins.

What it means: Now 2-5, the Detroit Lions got the kind of frenetic home victory they had envisioned since the start of the season. The Lions scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to seal what had been a pretty boring game for most of the first three quarters. Here's the best way to look at it: After an 0-4 start, the Lions are 2-1.

Stafford's return: Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw four touchdowns in his first full game of the season, overcoming an early pick on a throw to Calvin Johnson in the end zone. His 10-yarder to Johnson in the fourth quarter put the Lions up for good and should go down as an important turning point in his development. Fourth-quarter comebacks are the hallmark of franchise quarterbacks.

Stafford's return III: The fact that three of Stafford's touchdown passes went to Johnson is a huge deal. They were not always on the same page last season, but their connection is mandatory for the Lions to move forward as a franchise.

Suh rolling: Rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a decent game, didn't he? He notched two more sacks, bringing him to 6.5 for the season, and also alertly grabbed a fourth-quarter fumble and returned it 17 yards for the touchdown that accounted for the final margin of the game. That's a Pro Bowl pace, friends.

What's next: The Lions host the New York Jets next Sunday at Ford Field.