The opening kickoff between the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions is an excellent return to the 44-yard line by the Washington Redskins Steven Sims. However, the third play from scrimmage by the Washington Redskins is a fumble by quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The Detroit Lions achieve one first down before they attempt a field goal. The field goal attempt, by Lions kicker Matt Prater, sails wide right.
The Redskins next drive is extended twice on third down: first by an 18-yard scramble by quarterback Dwayne Haskins (his longest run of the season), second by a pass completion to Terry McLaurin. Rookie, Kelvin Harmon, makes a one-handed catch to highlight the 14 play drive. The Redskins have to settle for a field as Dwayne Haskins overthrows a couple of open receivers. Washington’s kicker, Dustin Hopkins, gives the Redskins an early 3-0 lead. These are the first, first-quarter points for the Redskins in six games.
After an 18 yard run by the Detroit Lions quarterback, Jeff Driskel, the first quarter ends 3-0.
Jeff Driskel connects with wide receiver Kenny Golladay for 35 yards, setting the Lions up at the 11-yard line. Tough defense and pressure from linebacker Jon Bostic force the Lions into another field goal attempt. Matt Prater connects to tie the game.
The ensuing kickoff is the highlight of the game. It is the highlight of the Redskins season: Steven Sims takes the kick 91 yards for a touchdown. This is the first kick return for a touchdown for the Washington Redskins, since 2015.
The ensuing drive by the Detroit Lions involves a team-leading sack by Redskins lineman Matt Ioannidis and a long completion to the Lions Marvin Hall. However, immediately after the long pass, Redskin corner, Fabian Moreau, intercepts a Jeff Driskel pass.
A quick three and out leads to a punt but the Redskins defense quickly gathers another turnover. This time, Montae Nicholson recovers a fumble. A strong throw by quarterback Dwayne Haskins of 26 yards to Terry McLaurin sets the Washington Redskins up for another field goal. The Redskins now lead 13-3.
Cole Holcomb, the Redskins rookie linebacker, collects his first career sack to end a Lions drive. Washington’s defensive end, Jonathan Allen, records his fifth sack of the season as time winds down in the first half. This forces the Detroit Lions into another field goal. The Washington Redskins head into the half with a rare lead. 13-6.
The Lions open the quarter with three straight runs from Bo Scarbrough for 41 yards. And just like last week against the Jets, the Washington defense allows a touchdown catch to a tight end. This time it is former Virginia Tech player Logan Thomas catching the pass from Lions quarterback, Jeff Driskel. A quick 10 points (3 at the end of the half and 7 to start the third), and the game is tied at 13.
The teams exchange punts and decent defensive play. With the Lions focusing on the run and driving, the thirds quarter ends.
Again, the Redskins have trouble covering the tight end, and Logan Thomas catches a third-down pass to extend the Lions drive. Nevertheless, the Redskins, behind a solid defensive effort inside the ten-yard line, force the Lions into a 21-yard field goal. The Lions lead 16-13. That is their first lead of the day, and with that, Detroit has had a lead every game they played this season.
Dwayne Haskins responds with a dart throw of 26 yards to wide receiver Kelvin Harmon. An interception follows as Haskins commits his second turnover of the day. That is the first interception by the Lions defense in six games.
Penalties and ineffective offense leads to several punts by both teams as the fourth quarter counts down. After being held in check most of the second half, the Redskins finally convert two catches into consecutive first downs. After a short, angry run by Adrian Peterson gives the Redskins another first down, Dwayne Haskins overthrows Terry McLaurin in the end zone. Overthrows seem to be the story of the day. Dustin Hopkins connects on a 42-yard field, and the game is tied with under two minutes to play.
Redskins rookie cornerback, Jimmy Moreland, misses an interception, but on the very next play Redskins cornerback, Quinton Dunbar doesn’t miss his chance. The defense sets the offense and their young quarterback back up for something scarce this year, a win.
Dwayne Haskins, just like last week, saves his best for the fourth quarter. A 17-yard scramble by a visibly fired up Haskins puts the Redskins at the edge of field goal range. That wasn’t enough because then the Ohio St. combination of Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin connects for 17 yards, giving their kicker, Dustin Hopkins, a much easier attempt. Hopkins calmly connects on the short kick, giving Washington a 19-16 lead. The second interception of the day secures the victory by Fabian Moreau! Skins win!
Yes, it was the second victory of the season for the Washington Redskins. It was the first home win of the season for the Washington Redskins. It was the first victory at home for Washington since they beat the Dallas Cowboys on October 21, 2018. Not much has gone right this year for the Washington Redskins, but today they found a way to win.
The defense gave up 175 rushing yards, but they did have three interceptions and one fumble recovery. They also had six sacks. It was a solid effort. The Lions bounced back from being down early by ten to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. However, the mistakes by their inexperienced quarterback, Jeff Driskel was the difference in today’s game.
The youth of the Redskins was on display today as they received big plays from Steven Sims, timely catches from both Kelvin Harmon and Terry McLaurin, and a surprisingly clutch late game-winning drive by Dwayne Haskins. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it was the steady veteran kicker, Dustin Hopkins, who sealed the deal! Great team victory! HTTR!
Special teams: Dustin Hopkins 4/4 field goal/ Steven Sims Jr. 2 returns for 124 yards and 1 touchdown
Defense: Fabian Moreau 5 tackles, 2 interceptions
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