- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2007

A look at the keys to the game identified in yesterday’s paper

1. CONTROL THE CLOCK

The Redskins certainly accomplished this goal, holding the ball for 22:14 in the first half alone. The Lions‘ high-octane offense, which scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter last week against the Bears, couldn’t do much when it held the ball for less than eight minutes.

Give play-caller Al Saunders credit for playing keep away by means of the passing attack rather than the typical grind-it-out ground game once the Lions showed they could stop the run.

2. HARASS KITNA

Lions quarterback Jon Kitna entered the game as the NFL’s leading passer even though he had been sacked 19 times. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin got to Kitna early for his first full sack in 11 months. Linebacker Marcus Washington followed suit late in the first quarter and also forced Kitna to fumble on the final play of a half in which Kitna managed just 33 yards on 11 passes.

Defensive end Andre Carter sacked Kitna in the end zone for a safety, and Demetric Evans added a fifth sack in the fourth quarter.

3. THE SECOND HALF

The Redskins were outscored 21-0 in the second half of a Week 3 collapse against the Giants that cost them a victory. The defense did its part in the third quarter yesterday, holding the Lions to three first downs, three points and 40 yards.

The offense faltered somewhat, but Andre Carter’s sack for a safety made the score 16-3 with 28 seconds left in the third quarter, and James Thrash’s 62-yard punt return set up a touchdown that put the game away.

David Elfin

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