Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins: Live Grades and Analysis for Detroit

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIISeptember 22, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) dives for the end zone as Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather (31) and Washington Redskins defensive end Darryl Tapp (54) look on during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions broke an 0-21 streak at Washington and beat the Redskins by a final score of 27-20 in Week 3. 

Check out final grades and analysis for the Lions below.


Final Analysis for the Detroit Lions

Pass Offense: Detroit had a definite lull in the third quarter, but the passing game was great for the rest of the game. Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns, but more importantly, he got everyone involved. Eight players had catches and both Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson went for over 100 yards receiving.

Run Offense: Joique Bell could have used a heavier workload in the second half, but he made the most of the opportunities he was presented with. Bell had 132 total yards and consistently made us all forget that Reggie Bush wasn’t in uniform. Their dynamic will be great to watch moving forward.

Pass Defense: Washington’s passing game had its moments in the second half, including a “didn’t complete the process” touchdown that was taken away, but the Lions secondary was at least solid throughout this game. RG3 found some big gaps in coverage, but not nearly as many as have been available in recent weeks.

Run Defense: In Week 1, the Lions gave up a massive 78-yard touchdown run to Adrian Peterson. Today it was a 30-yard score for Alfred Morris. In both cases, Detroit was stout against the run for the rest of the game. Morris finished Sunday with 73 rushing yards.

Special Teams: You didn’t notice the Lions special teams much, if at all, against the Redskins. David Akers made a few short field goals, Sam Martin had long punts and the kick return game continues to be a non-factor. Nothing spectacular overall this week, but nothing terrible, either.

Coaching: The Lions did make mistakes and had penalties called against them, but those did not cost Detroit the game. Jim Schwartz was intense all contest long, and there are few complaints that can be levied against a 2-1 football team.

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22:  Joseph Fauria #80 of the Detroit Lions scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Greg Fiume/Getty Images


First-Half Analysis for the Detroit Lions

Pass Offense: The Washington secondary is atrocious and Detroit is taking advantage. Matthew Stafford has open field everywhere he looks, completing 15 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown. An early pick-six hurt, but the Lions have rebounded. When Calvin Johnson is involved and the Lions are also utilizing other receivers, you know things are going well.

Run Offense: The drop in production from Reggie Bush to Joique Bell has been non-existent. In fact, Bell looks like a legitimate No. 1 back. He hits the hole with authority, is tough to bring down and can also catch passes. If you are not yet on the bandwagon, it is time to come aboard. He has 87 total yards to this point.

Pass Defense: Robert Griffin III is still not himself and the Lions secondary is looking better than normal as a result. RG3 threw an ill-advised interception and has just 120 yards passing to this point. Washington’s offense is off-balance and lacking consistency on all fronts.

Run Defense: I was ready to put how the Redskins' struggles on the ground were continuing throughout the first half of this contest. That was until Alfred Morris scampered 30 yards for a game-tying touchdown at the end of the second quarter. That play hurt, and now Morris is on pace for over 100 yards.

Special Teams: One chip-shot field goal, a couple of mediocre kick returns and two extra points. At least Sam Martin’s punting continues to improve. He has two punts for a combined 107 yards. Meanwhile, David Akers’ chance to redeem himself for last week has not come...yet.

Coaching: The Lions have five penalties so far and Jim Schwartz clearly demands better. The death stare he gave Rocky McIntosh after a flag early in the game was worth a thousand words. Detroit has had solid play-calling and is giving Joique Bell every opportunity to succeed.