Redskins-Lions Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 37-25 loss at Detroit.


Brandon BanksWhat a great effort he gave, and what a shame it was wasted. It’s hard to believe the Redskins cut him just two months ago.

LaRon LandryGot caught celebrating a Detroit first down but played an otherwise awesome game yet again.

Albert Haynesworth — Second straight solid game included a sack, tackle for loss on a 3rd-and-1 and a blown-up play on another 3rd-and-1.

London Fletcher — His 200th straight game was a good one and included a fumble recovery.

Anthony Armstrong — Caught three balls for 92 yards. Is now averaging more than 20 per catch on the season.

Keiland Williams — Averaged 4.2 yards/carry and scored his first NFL TD in relief of Torain.

Graham Gano — Makes from 38 and 46, like a real kicker!


Mike Shanahan — Not only did they lose a crucial game to Detroit, but it was the way they lost it, going for unnecessary two-point conversions, going for it on 4th-and-10 when they didn’t have to and, with the game on the line, pulling Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman. It’s gonna be a long two weeks.

Donovan McNabb — Threw into triple-coverage when he absolutely should not have thrown into triple-coverage, handing Detroit the game-winning drive on a platter. And then he got benched for Rex Grossman.

Kyle Shanahan — The offense has struggled all year, and today was no different. My (least) favorite moment was the one depicted above, when Fox’s splitscreen caught Shanahan befuddled, with arms up, a second before the ball was snapped and the Redskins ran a busted draw.

The offensive line — They were brutal today, giving up all kinds of sacks, committing all sorts of penalties and even stepping on McNabb’s feet.

H.B. Blades — Got called for holding on a punt-return touchback.

Hunter Smith — Nine punts for 40.1 yards per, two of which bounced in front of the return man.

Kareem Moore — Picked up a killer defensive holding on a 3rd-and-10.

Brian Orakpo — Limped off early. Had a quiet day otherwise.

Reed Doughty — His block in the back negated Banks’ first KR TD.

Ryan Torain — Had no room to run, and then went out with a hammy.

FOX — The broadcast was perpetually late on identifying flags and/or injured players on the field. The duo in the booth, whoever they were, also stunk.


DeAngelo Hall — Has a penchant for big picks and big cushions, and both were on display as his INT was a thing of beauty while the two underneath touchdowns to Calvin Johnson were not.

Phillip Buchanon — Made two big plays, one good, one bad. The good: a forced fumble on Nate Burleson’s big gainer. The bad: a defensive holding that gave Detroit an automatic first down instead of punting.


What’s up with Kyle Vanden Bosch’s red eyes? … Matt Stafford is 2-0 vs. Washington, 1-9 vs. the rest of the league … Washington was 2-14 on third down … the Skins got lucky on that touchback review … Phillip Daniels’ offsides on the FG attempt was a bad call as replays showed the center moved … the Skins committed 10 penalties.

10 thoughts on “Redskins-Lions Winners & Losers”

  1. All three players (Williams, Torain, & Banks) that scored touchdowns today were released at one point during the season. The Redskins traded for an eleven year veteran who they have no confidence in running the 2 minute drill(after 8 games) with the game on the line. Of the Redskins’ 6 draft picks only 2 of them made the original 53 man roster. The Shanahan/Allen regime is just as incompetent as the Cerrato regime.

  2. They should make the OL find their own way back home. I’m positive none of them deserve to travel back with the team. McNabb won’t stand a chance of surviving the Giants game. That DEF has already knocked out like five QBs this year.

    I really don’t know where to begin; the entire team was abysmal today. It was basically Brandon Banks 25, Detroit 37. FML.

    The Skins are the only team in the league that can say they are 0-4 against the Rams and Lions over the last two seasons – four of their nine combined wins over that stretch.

    And if Rex Grossman is familiar with Kyle’s “system,” I don’t want any part of that system going forward.

  3. Yeah, he’s probably wearing tinted contacts – basically like sunglasses right on your eyes. Not sure why he needs them in a dome, but he probably just wants to look even scarier than he already is I suppose.

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