“RG 0-3.” This title scorched the front page of the Washington Post’s Sports Section, Monday morning. Sunday was yet again a loss for the Washington Redskins, and has already begun to raise concerns about the future. The organization and fans are quickly losing patience as the defending NFC East champions dropped to 0-3 on the year. The Redskins cannot seem to find their footing so far in the 2013 season, and fell at the hands of the Detroit Lions at home, 27-20. It seemed as if the team was playing from behind the entire game, and costly turnovers continued Washington’s losing streak.
Robert Griffin III seemed to find a rhythm against the Lions defense, but an interception, and fumble deep in Lion’s territory crippled the Redskins. Washington got on the board first with an interception returned for a touchdown by cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Matthew Stafford and the Lion offense quickly answered with a touchdown run by Jioque Bell. Washington’s offense went stagnant as Detroit pushed their lead to 14-7. Alfred Morris’s 35-yard touchdown run was the lone bright spot for the running game that failed to establish consistency. Detroit scored on a late field goal to carry a 17-14 lead going into the break.
The second half was highlighted by numerous Washington Redskins miss cues. With 9:07 remaining in the third quarter it appeared as if Washington had taken a 21-17 lead on a 57- yard touchdown catch by Aldrick Robinson only to be overturned by instant replay. After the review, the drive stalled and Washington punted. With Washington down three points in the fourth quarter, the Redskins looked to seize control on an impressive drive. Inside Lion territory, RG3 scrambled for a gain of 21, but instead of sliding, the quarterback dove headfirst, and as he landed the ball squirted out, and was ruled a fumble recovered by the Lions. A tough break for the ‘Skins, as the Lions drove right down the field for the game winning score.
Unlike previous weeks, Washington played a better first then second half, but is still yet to play a complete all around game in hopes earning their first win. Washington will take to the road next week as they visit the Oakland Raiders. The game is the first of many “must wins” Washington will face after sliding to 0-3. Coach Shanahan and company must find a way to win Sunday or many members of the Washington’s coaching staff will be put on the hot seat.