It's halftime in Detroit and the Lions are losing to the Redskins by a score of 13-7. It has been a defensive struggle type of game, as neither offense has been able to get it going so far. Detroit got off to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter, but since then Washington has scored 13 straight points to take the lead going into halftime.
The first quarter was mainly just trading punts. The Lions did turn the ball over when Matthew Stafford threw an interception in the end zone, but other than that there was a lot of punting. Part of that is Stafford showing signs of rust, as he has looked off. Also, the Redskins' defense is playing pretty well, as is Detroit's defense.
The Lions finally broke the scoreless tie in the second quarter on a 13-yard pass to Calvin Johnson. The touchdown was set up by a 71-yard Stefan Logan punt return. He got some great blocking and made a couple guys miss, taking the punt back to the Washington 19-yard line.
The Redskins quickly responded with a touchdown of their own. They took the ensuing kickoff back 46 yards, and on the very next play, Donovan McNabb scrambled for a 36-yard gain. Two plays later, Ryan Torain scored on a screen pass to tie the game up.
After trading punts on the next three possessions, Washington started moving the ball again when McNabb found a receiver for a gain of 50 yards. The big pass set up an eventual 38-yard field goal after Alphonso Smith dropped an interception that would have easily been returned for a touchdown. The 'Skins added another field goal following another three and out by the Lions.
Detroit has played pretty well on defense, but the offense needs to get it going. Matthew Stafford looks very rusty, but he's got to shake it off and start playing much better in the second half if the Lions are going to come back and win this game.