Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/22/13
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush will be out in this afternoon’s matchup with the Washington Redskins after injuring his knee last week. A few days ago I posted an article discussing the Detroit Lions need of Bush to have a successful season.  This week they just might be able to get by without him. The Redskins were blown out last week by the Green Bay Packers 38-20.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave his team a 38-7 lead by the third quarter and the rest was garbage time.  Rodgers totaled 480 yards passing with four touchdowns on a secondary that Matthew Stafford should not have a problem exploiting. Could last year’s Redskin playoff team be already this bad?  Well the Lions had a similar falloff from 2011 to 2012 so fans know all too well how the mighty can fall. After a full offseason of preparation the NFL has better learned how to contain Washington’s offense.  However, quarterback Robert Griffin III has not been the same player.  Griffin who had 815 yards rushing last season has only one yard in his first two games back from knee surgery. Griffin insists that his knee is 100% but it has yet to show on the field.  Unless Griffin can become the stud he was last year the Lions have a good shot to win this game. Stafford has started out hot this season against two decent defenses in the Vikings and Cardinals.  While the Reskins can bring pressure on the edge with pass rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan they have shown a plethora of problems elsewhere. The Redskins defense ranks dead last in rushing yards allowed, and 23rd in passing yards allowed.  In week one the Philadelphia Eagles posted 33 in Washington while the Packers followed with an even more impressive barrage.      

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