Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/13
As I browsed for articles about today's Lions-Redskins game, hoping to find a writer giving the Lions some praise, I noticed one common theme in all of them: they weren't about the Lions.All the articles spent more time talking about RGIII's knee, or how Washington's defense totally collapsed.It's no mystery that the Redskins' defense is bad. They are last in the league at total yards allowed per game, and they aren't getting any better.But all that aside, the Lions deserve some serious credit for this game.Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is constantly underrated, threw for 385 yards and completed nearly 60 percent of his passes. Oh yeah, and through three games he's already thrown for over 1,000 yards.But let's keep talking about Robert Griffin III and the 0-3 Skins. Griffin has put up some misleading numbers. He's getting yards through the air, but they all come in garbage time. Take a look at their record and you can clearly see he's not the player he once was. Stafford was the elite quarterback in this game, but he gets no love.Then you have running back Joique Bell getting 20 carries and a TD on the ground. He also had 69 receiving yards. All of this from the backup RB. Bell has been gradually getting better. He had a decent year in 2012 but didn't get many touches.This year, with the new addition of Reggie Bush, Bell has been used in a lot of goal line situations. But let's be honest, everyone knows Bush has glass bones. Bell proved today that if the team needs more touches out of him, he can find a lot of ways to get it done.Then there's that one guy, Calvin Johnson. You know, the greatest receiver in the game. Yeah, the Lions have him. People seem to forget that. With the return of Nate Burleson, who was injured all of last season, and Ryan Broyles, who played in his first game of the year today, Johnson becomes an even bigger threat.With other guys in the lineup who know how to catch a football, Johnson can actually get open. Not to mention Burleson is far from being a scrub. Both Burleson and Johson had over 100 yards receiving in the game. Broyles had three receptions, and rookie tight end Joseph Fauria had a 5-yard touchdown reception.Obviously, RGIII is a superstar and people love him. I get that. But the fact is that the Redskins are awful right now. The lions were able to take advantage of team that is struggling to find its feet on defense, but that doesn't take away from how the lions played.The Redskins didn't give the game away, the lions earned their victory. If the run game keeps improving, and Stafford has more than one receiver to throw to, the lions could be a dangerous team in an uncommonly weak NFC North.
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