The Detroit Lions entered their week three matchup with the Washington Redskins with a couple of things against them. First of all, the game was a road game against an angry 0-2 Redskins squad. Robert Griffin III was out to prove his doubters wrong and finally reel in a win for his team.
The Lions were also playing without star running back Reggie Bush, who had totaled 260 yards from scrimmage in his first two games. Therefore, the running game was probably not going to be the strength of their offensive operation.
With these things against them Sunday, the Lions ended the game with a win, however, it didn’t come easy. The Lions wound up winning by a touchdown and their run game struggled.
Detroit only ran the ball for a total of 63 yards on the day. Fortunately, quarterback Matthew Stafford had it going all game long.
Stafford hooked up with eight different receivers and threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Both Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson ended with over 100 yards receiving, with Johnson finishing just a yard shy of Burleson’s 116 on the day. Johnson tied Lions great Herman Moore with 34 career 100-yard games — that’s sure to break sometime this year.
The surprising aspect of the game was undoubtedly how the Lions got by without the run game. Bush looked like such a huge part of the offense early on this year, and many wondered if Stafford could ever get it done on his own without a steady back field. Well, as for right now, that question has been answered.