Welcome back to "The Redskinny," a weekly preview of the local professional football team's upcoming game and opponent. Every Thursday, you can find any and all information* about the Redskins' next opponent in this space.
(*Sometimes, it may be some or most information.)
On to Week 3.
Week 3 opponent: Detroit Lions (1-1)
Game information: Sunday, Sept. 22 -- FedEx Field -- 1:00 p.m. -- FOX
Last week: To put it lightly, the Redskins were shellacked by the Pack, trailing 24-0 at halftime before losing 38-20 in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers threw for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns as the Redskins' offense failed to show up tor the first half for the second week in a row (they have yet to score a first-half offensive touchdown through two games, having been outscored 50-0).
Meanwhile, the Lions lost their first game of the season last week, allowing a touchdown with just under two minutes remaining as the Cardinals erased a 21-13 third-quarter deficit to win by a 25-21 score.
What's the skinny?: You know what Washington's anemic secondary needs? A visit from the most prolific wide receiver in the NFL today, Calvin Johnson. Through two games, "Megatron" has "only" 10 catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns, so what better way to pad those statistics than by playing the team that has allowed the most total yards through two games? You know, the only team in the NFL that has given up over 1,000 yards already. By the way, I'm talking about the Redskins if you hadn't figured that out yet.
So how does the defense prepare?
"Well," cornerback Josh Wilson told reporters, "I've been saying my prayers every day."
That can't be good.
Statistic Of The Week: The Lions have never won a football game in Washington, D.C. Ever. Not just at FedEx Field, where they are 0-3 all-time. I mean, as long as the Redskins have been in Washington/Landover, the Lions have never won a game here. They are 0-21.
What The 'Skins Are Saying:
"It is as close to a must-win situation as possible. We need to get that winning feeling back and get some confidence."
- London Fletcher on the importance of Sunday's game
What The Lions Are Saying:
"You try to go at those guys. You try to put them in difficult situations where they have to make a difficult decision and a lot of times that inexperience leads to the offense being able to make a big play. We’ll see how well-coached those guys are and how much they rely on their technique and coaching when it comes to game time.”
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