What went right: The offense once again had no trouble piling up yardage, recording 439 yards overall and holding the ball for 35 minutes, 45 seconds. The offense finally took control, and capitalized on its productivity, with 10 points in the third quarter to take a six-point lead. The passing game was dominant as Jason Campbell had just five incompletions. He completed passes to eight different receivers. The defense was able to do enough to hold Detroit to 274 total yards. Corner Carlos Rogers did a nice job vs. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, but the Lions didn’t exactly do a good job trying to get him the ball. Santana Moss had his best game of the season, with a touchdown receiving and another on a punt return. Jim Zorn wisely put Moss back on one return.
What went wrong: The Redskins again dominated the stats, but the scoring production failed to match the yardage totals. This is an issue that has plagued them the past three games. They also committed six first-half penalties, which caused drives to stumble. The Redskins capped a terrific opening drive with a short field goal after they failed to execute on early downs. The defense could not pressure a quarterback who had been sacked nine times in the previous two games.
Key sequence: The Redskins trailed 10-9 late in the third quarter when they faced a first and 10 at midfield. Moss, lining up in the slot, turned the corner inside by faking a post route then turned to the outside to grab a pass and turn it into a 50-yard touchdown. The Redskins never trailed again.
Stars of the game: Moss had a combined 220 yards, with 80 coming on his fourth-quarter punt return. Campbell was 23 of 28 for 328 yards passing. Clinton Portis rushed for 126 yards, his fifth straight game with more than 120 yards. It’s the second time he’s done that in his career, matching only O.J. Simpson as players to accomplish this feat. Chris Cooley had six catches for 74 yards.