Redskins-Lions Week 3 Preview

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ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- It's rare you can call week three in the NFL a must win game. But for the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins, Sunday at Fed Ex Field is just that. A very beatable Lions comes to town to provide a true measuring stick. Losing to Detroit could put the Redskins in tailspin mode and it's only September.

By The Numbers

-The Redskins have a 21-0 all-time record against the Lions at home, including home games.

-Offensively, the Redskins are ranked 31st in third down conversions. Statistically, the Lions have the number one overall defense on third downs.

-Defensively, no one has allowed more yards per game -- 511.5 -- than the Redskins. The Redskins have allowed 71 points in two games; only the New York Giants (77) have allowed more.

-Robert Griffin III's QB rating is 89.6, good for 16th in the NFL. He's thrown for five touchdowns, three interceptions and 649 yards, while completing 62.9 percent of his passes.

-Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has only been sacked once this season.

-The Lions have eight plays of 20-yards or more in 2013. Their 307.9 passig yards per game rank second in the NFL.

Key Matchups

Redskins linebackers vs. Lions running back Reggie Bush

Per ProFootballFocus.com, London Fletcher has missed 28 percent of his tackles this season. That's an alarming rate. Look for the Lions to throw the ball to Reggie Bush in space. Bush scored on a 77-yard touchdown week one.

Redskins secondary vs. Lions receiver Calvin Johnson

Football experts agree Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL. He tears apart both man coverage and zone looks, and at 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, he can out-jump and out-muscle any player on the Redskins back line of defense. DeAngelo Hall will need safety help the entire day to ensure Johnson doesn't go off for 200 yards.

Robert Griffin III in the first half

To those who haven't watched Griffin compete in 2013, his statistics are deceiving. In the first half of games Griffin has been dreadful -- 11-for-24, 160 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 33.3. If Griffin starts poorly again, the Redskins may find themselves in another hole they can't dig themselves out of.

WUSA-9 Prediction

Lions 26, Redskins 24

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