- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Washington Redskins showed today they weren’t going to repeat the mistakes made two weeks ago in a come-from-ahead loss to the New York Giants.

In their impressive 34-3 win over the Detroit Lions at steamy FedEx Field, the Redskins:

  • Used Mike Sellers — their bulldozer fullback — from the 1-yard line for a touchdown instead of running backs Clinton Portis or Ladell Betts. Betts was stopped twice from the 1 in the waning moments of the Giants game.
  • Led by two touchdowns at halftime and didn’t take their collective foot off the accelerator.
  • And played a smart, 60-minute defensive game, not just two quarters of good work. The Giants scored 21 second-half points to rally on Sept. 23.
  • The result was a much-needed win for the Redskins (3-1), who now hit the road for five of their next seven games, including trips to division leaders Green Bay, New England, Dallas and Tampa Bay.

    Photo Gallery:Redskins dominate Lions

    The Redskins improved to 21-0 all-time against the Lions in D.C. and Maryland.

    In perhaps his best game as pro, quarterback Jason Campbell completed 23 of 29 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns for a 125.3 passer rating.

    The Redskins’ two longest scoring drives of the season gave Washington a 14-0 halftime lead. Campbell”s 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley 8:17 before halftime capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive. Campbell completed 8 of 9 passes for 68 yards on the possession.

    After the Lions punted, the Redskins moved 83 yards on just seven plays, a drive capped by Sellers’ 1-yard touchdown run. The big plays were a 24-yard pass to Sellers and, on fourth-and-2 from the Detroit 38, a 37-yard throw to Antwaan Randle El.

    Randle El left the game at halftime because of a hamstring injury, but not before he caught seven passes for 100 yards.

    Two weeks ago, the Redskins led the Giants 17-3 but collapsed in the second half and lost 24-17.

    Detroit cut the lead to 11 points late in the third quarter, but Andre Carter extended the Redskins’ margin to 16-3 when he sacked quarterback Jon Kitna in the end zone for a safety. Kitna was sacked five times and finished with only 46 yards passing.

    The rout was on early in the fourth quarter. A 62-yard punt return by James Thrash set up Campbell’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Sellers. A Sean Taylor interception set up a 28-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.

    The final score came with 45 seconds remaining — a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown by Carlos Rogers.


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