The Redskins lost quarterback Robert Griffin III and special teams captain to injuries during their preseason game against the Lions. That is what will matter in the long run. In the short run the had some solid offensive and defensive moments in a 21-17 win.
Game Recap: The game went back and forth for most of the way. The Lions took a 10-0 second-quarter lead on a Matt Prater field goal from 49 yards out and a three-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlovsky to Jeremy Ross.
The Redskins came back after Colt McCoy came in at quarterback. Runs of 24 yards by Matt Jones and 19 yards by Chris Thompson got things going. A roughing the passer penalty helped things along and the Redskins got on the board on a one-yard touchdown run by fullback Darrel Young.
A 38-yard run by rookie Trey Williams got the Redskins’ first drive of the third quarter going. McCoy then completed passes to Colin Lockett for 16 yards and to Reggie Bell for 19 yards and a touchdown. That put Washington up 14-10 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.
Detroit answered with a touchdown pass from Orlovsky to running back Zach Zenner. But the Redskins, now with Kirk Cousins at quarterback, answered back with an 80-yard drive capped by a four-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Rashad Ross.
The Redskins defense did allow the Lions to move the ball some. However, they only allowed one extended touchdown drive and held the Lions to 46 yards rushing.
Key Moments: The play on which Griffin was injured not only cost the team Griffin’s services, it cost them a touchdown. The Lions recovered at the Washington 11 and four plays later they were in the end zone to take a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Both teams nearly scored on the last play of the first half. The Redskins had first and goal at the one with two seconds left. Quarterback Colt McCoy mishandled the snap and linebacker Travis Lewis recovered. He appeared to be ahead of the pack and headed for the end zone but running back Chris Thompson chased him down and made the tackle at midfield.
Player of the Game: Colt McCoy was five of six passing for 80 yards and a touchdown. After Griffin’s injury he provided some spark to the offense, leading the team to two touchdowns.
Kudos also go to Williams (10 carries, 52 yards), Ross (4 receptions, 39 yards), and safety Duke Ihenacho (4 tackles, good job forcing the run).
Injury Update: The Redskins had no serious injuries besides those to Hayward and Griffin.
From the Locker Room: Check back later for quotes from the Redskins’ locker room.