Friday, September 20, 2013

Can the Detroit Lions beat the Washington Redskins?

The number one rule on any given Sunday is any team can beat any other team. We have heard a lot of folks saying 'Same Old Lions' already this season. Here is a chance that past Lions teams would have no hope of winning. A team that is 0-2 is on the verge of losing its 2013 season and getting a lot of folks fired and the Lions go on the road to these Washington Redskins. This is there chance to prove they are not the same old Lions. We saw some of that in week one when the Lions got down early, looked on the verge of letting their emotions get the better of them, and yet rebounded nicely in the second half. Last week we saw the Same Old Lions and if the team wants people to stop saying that beating the 'Skins this week would go along way towards silencing the critics. 

The Lions history against the Redskins is not very good. The two teams have played a total of 38 times and the Lions have just an 11-27 record against them. The Lions have won the last two meeting between teams, but are just 2-3 over the last five meetings going all the way back to the sad Joey Harrington era of the blue and silver. 

We add to that the Lions have never won in Washington but that is starting to feel like an old bit. The Lions have a chance against a team they could beat to prove that something has changed on this team. It would go a long way to saving the job of Head Coach Jim Schwartz and possibly even General Manager Martin Mayhew. 

However a win this Sunday could restore some faith in the Lions themselves. They are not that far removed from being the only team ever to go 0-16 and sure the roster has changed over nearly it is entirety from those days, but fans remember. Let's be honest her there are long suffering Lions fans that still remember certain losses from over the years and let's hope the Lions go out and beat a team they should beat, even on the road. 

This is a big game from both clubs. 0-3 would mean the Redskins season is effectively over and owner Daniel Snyder would likely step in and make changes. For the Lions 2-1 looks a lot better than 1-2 and the added pressure of finally getting the 'Same Old Lions' monkey off their back could be very valuable. It could even loosen up a team and possible provide the fuel for a run. 

The schedule does not get any easier. After the 'Skins the Lions have two tough divisional games versus the Chicago Bears and at the Green Bay Packers. Then they are back in this same situation heading to Cleveland to play team that already blew up their 2013 season in a game the 'Same Old Lions' would likely lose. The Lions have had at east a five game losing streak in every season in recent memory. If they want to shed that 'Same Old Lions' moniker it is time to win a game they should, and then maybe when one they shouldn't like later in October when they play the Cincinnati Bengals. 

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