The Washington Redskins had a tussle with the Lions on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field, and while it wasn’t a dominating win by any means, they did enough to overcome Detroit 25-17. The team piled on 439 yards of offense, but at one point found itself down 10-3 before coming back and outscoring the Lions 22-7 over the final 40 minutes.
The Skins were led by a huge day for WR Santana Moss, who caught a 50-yard score from Jason Campbell that made it 16-10 Skins with 4:42 left in the third quarter. Then with 11:29 left Moss raced through the Lions special teams for an 80-yard TD on a punt return that put the Redskins up 22-10. Lions QB Dan Orlovsky came back with a TD pass to Calvin Johnson from 17 yards out to close it to 22-17, but the Skins wrapped up the scoring with a Shaun Suisham field goal to make it 25-17 with 1:56 left.
Detroit’s last chance ended with Orlovsky hitting Johnson with a pass that was a yard short of a first down on 4th- and-3 from their own 45. As has been the case all season, the Lions offense was outgained by plenty, as they were only able to go for 274 yards, outgained by Washington by 165 yards. They also had just 12 first downs to 22 for the Skins.
Campbell was 23-for-28 for 328 yards with a score and a QB rating of 127.4. Orlovsky was 21-for-35 for 223 yards with a score. Moss had a big day with 9 grabs for 140 yards and the bg 50-yard score. Clinton Portis again had another big day on the ground, as he rushed for 126 yards on 24 carries (5.3 yards per carry). The Lions had just 57 yards rushing on the day on 15 carries.
With the win the Skins move to 6-2 on the season, and will have a big Monday night showdown next week with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Lions at 0-7 will look to get in the win column once again as they play at Chicago vs the Bears at 1pm.