Washington Redskins Must Defeat Detroit Lions in Week 3 to Save 2013 NFL Season

John Bibb@@JohnBibbAnalyst IIISeptember 18, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hopes to save the Redskins from an 0-3 start Sunday versus the Detroit Lions.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III hopes to save the Redskins from an 0-3 start Sunday versus the Detroit Lions.Rob Carr/Getty Images

While the Washington Redskins contemplate what has happened in the first two losses of the 2013 season, if they do not defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 3, it will be the first time in nearly 75 years the Lions come to Washington and leave with a victory.

According to Rich Tandler, one of Comcast SportsNet Washington's lead writers, the Lions are looking for the franchise’s first win ever as a visitor to Washington.

They are 0-21 in Griffith Stadium/DC Stadium/RFK Stadium/Jack Kent Cooke Stadium/FedEx Field, a skid that stretches back to 1939. 

A loss to the Lions, at home in front of disappointed fans, will burst the bubble of enthusiasm and optimism for some. That's happens after any home game loss. 

A win for Detroit lands the Lions in the record books and into the land of sports trivia. A Redskins loss could really impact team attitude, pride and morale as the team continues to ask themselves, "What's wrong?" 

So far the Redskins can't watch much video of "What's right?" based on their performances in their first two games. More accurately, the two second half's.

I only say this because so much was made about the return of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III following his nine months of rehabilitation following reconstructive right knee surgery. This would not be such a big deal but RG3 had to have surgery on both of his knees in order to resurrect one good knee.

But that's not the extent of the significance of a Redskins win after falling face-first in their first two regular season games to start the much-anticipated 2013 season.  

Throughout the offseason and preseason, many Redskins fans were overly concerned about RG3 and his return in time for the start of the 16-game regular season. Some debated the merits of having RG3 playing in the preseason to help polish his game-time efforts and playability in the games that count.

Their conclusion was the preseason doesn't count.  Why put such a high-profile QB in a meaningless game in the preseason and jeopardize his successful return to NFL game-time situations that earned RG3 the Offensive Rookie of the Year accolades he so deservedly earned in his first year in the league?

The problem the Redskins face is a resurgent Lions football team under the direction of quarterback Matthew Stafford, the hit-or-miss effectiveness of running back Reggie Bush, and perhaps one of the best receivers the NFL community and fan-base has seen in a decade in wide receiver Calvin Johnson—aka "Megatron."

Note to self:  If you have a nickname in the NFL, you are a force to be reckoned with—let alone a factor and single-player difference in the outcome of an NFL game.

Although the Redskins and Lions find their team's both in a much-needed win situation as they enter Week 3, there is no way, shape or manner the Redskins have anything lo look back on for examples of exceptional coverage from the team.

It wouldn't surprise me if one, or hopefully several, Redskins to have big games against the Lions.

The team is in need of an uplifting and dominant performance and who better than the Lions to have scheduled this early in the regular season to prove their their effectiveness and abilities?

The team can't expect to be 0-3 and travel to face the Oakland Raiders in Week 4 to prove their worthiness as an NFC playoff contender.

The Redskins are currently looking for their offense to gel and come together, something that would require scoring on at least every other drive in order to be ahead in their division and atop the leaders in the NFC conference.

If the Lions do not implode and learn from their mistakes—especially the recent $100,000 fine against Lions' defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh by the league for improper tackling, illegal blocking and low-class game play—the Redskins need to find a way in which to prove they aren't as bad as their record indicates.

Lions defender Ndamukong Suh avoided an NFL suspension this week and his reputation as a dirty defensive player has catapulted him, as a Lions' defensive captain, to receive the highest NFL fine in the history of the league for an on-field incident.

What the Redskins need to do is focus on what they do right and bring that to the field against the Lions—proving to the doubters, haters and non-believers that the Redskins have what it takes not only to win in the NFL but lead the NFC East division.

Their offense, defense and special team's play, up to this point in the season, have produced nothing more than an embarrassment and a black eye and disgrace to the team as well as the NFC East.

If the Redskins win Week 3 against the Lions, many of those who predicted the Redskins to be at worse or 2-2 heading into the Week 5 bye week, may still have an opportunity to save face and live up to their prediction.

You may recall there were several fans and members of the media that suggested RG3 wait until after the bye week to return to the league and regular season game-play. Undoubtedly, those fans are being held in check due to the fact that RG3 started Week 1 and has been borderline pedestrian in his efforts as a team leading QB.

Suddenly, these same fans are clamoring for a breakthrough game for RG3 and the Redskins—claiming the entire time that resting RG3 until after the bye week would not be productive for the team or the young quarterback's return to an NFL leading quarterback.

Bottom line:  If the Redskins lose to the Detroit Lions, this season will be over before the Redskins reach the bye week. History has shown that team's that start the regular season 0-2 rarely make the playoffs. An 0-3 record most assuredly guarantees the team a seat on the couch for the NFL 2013 postseason.

Then again, I'm wrong all the time and freely admit it when it happens.



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