Lions Seeking First Road Win Against Redskins
Despite playing fairly often over the past 74 years, the Lions will attempt to do something for the first time on Sunday when they face the Redskins at FedEx Field.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – When the Lions head east this weekend from Detroit, they’ll attempt to do something they’ve never done in their 74-year history: Defeat the Redskins on the road.
“Fun fact,” cornerback Josh Wilson said.
They’ve won in the regular season and in the postseason, in regulation and in overtime. They’ve won in blowouts, like a 45-0 drubbing in 1991, and very narrowly, such as a 17-16 victory in 1946. The most recent meeting, in 2007, was a 34-3 victory for the Redskins.
Yet several people who will be on the field, or at least on the sidelines, on Sunday have rightfully said the streak holds no meaning.
“It’s hard to hold these players accountable for something that happened,” said Jim Schwartz, who became the Lions’ head coach in 2008. “I’ve played, I’ve coached in FedEx Field before, and it’s a loud stadium, a very difficult stadium to play in.”
According to the Redskins, the two teams have met a combined 42 times, with the Lions emerging victorious on only 12 occasions. That includes the last two games between the teams – in 2009, when the Redskins lost 19-14 at Ford Field, and in 2010, a 37-25 loss for the Redskins in Mike Shanahan’s first season.
The last time the Lions won on the road? That was in 1935, when they beat the Boston Redskins at Fenway Park.
Ancient history, indeed.
“How we play on Sunday is not going to have anything to do with anything other than the 53 guys we take to Washington, the 46 that are active for that game and how well the 11 that are on the field execute,” Schwartz said. “It’s not going to be what any player in the past did or what any players on the Redskins in the past did. All that is obviously irrelevant to it.”