Washington looks to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2011 when it takes on the Lions in Detroit.
Kickoff: 1 p.m., Ford Field
Radio: 630 AM; 100.3 and 105.9 FM
Washington got the ball back with 1:35 remaining and trailing by nine, but it turned the ball over on downs after Carson Wentz was sacked for the fifth time.
Wentz finished 30-of-46 for 337 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but Washington’s ugly first half proved too much to overcome. The Commanders fall to 1-1 ahead of next week’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carson Wentz’s third touchdown of the game, a one-yard toss to Jahan Dotson after the two-minute warning, pulled Washington within nine, but kicker Joey Slye pushed the ensuing extra point wide right, keeping it a two-score game. Ron Rivera’s decision to go for two earlier in the quarter looms large.
Wentz picked up a couple of first downs with his legs on the drive, including a five-yard scramble on third and four from the Detroit seven-yard line. The Lions tackled Antonio Gibson short of the goal line on Washington’s next two plays, burning precious time off the clock. The Commanders have all three timeouts remaining. Their defense needs a stop. (Lions 36, Commanders 27, 1:56 left in the fourth quarter)
Needing a stop, Washington’s defense allowed the Lions to march down the field for a touchdown that pushed the lead back to 15. Jared Goff capped the six-play drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown, who moments earlier became the third receiver in NFL history with at least eight catches in eight consecutive games. (Lions 36, Commanders 21, 7:00 left in the fourth quarter)
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On fourth-and-one from the Washington 26-yard line, Ron Rivera kept his offense on the field, and the Commanders moved the chains with a seven-yard run by Terry McLaurin. The gamble sparked Washington’s third touchdown drive of the second half, a 12-play march capped by Antonio Gibson’s one-yard run.
Rather than kicking an extra point to cut the Lions’ lead to seven, Rivera rolled the dice again and went for two. The attempt failed. (Lions 29, Commanders 21, 10:39 left in the fourth quarter)
The Lions answered Washington’s latest score with a four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive of their own. Three plays after a 58-yard run by wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown gave Detroit a first down inside the red zone, Jared Goff connected with running back D’Andre Swift for a 22-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
Swift fell down well short of the line to gain on third and long but got up and avoided a couple of would-be tackles before scampering into the end zone for the score. (Lions 29, Commanders 15, 1:28 left in the third quarter)
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After a fourth straight Detroit drive resulted in a punt, Washington trimmed what had been a 22-point halftime deficit to seven. Carson Wentz capped a seven-play, 94-yard drive with a 20-yard strike to tight end Logan Thomas, and rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson got free in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion.
The key plays on the drive were a diving 35-yard catch by Terry McLaurin and a 27-yard completion to Curtis Samuel. Wentz is 8-for-10 for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter. (Lions 22, Commanders 15, 2:58 left in the third quarter)
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The Commanders finally managed a first down on a catch by Jahan Dotson, but their latest drive resulted in another punt. Washington’s defense responded by forcing a three-and-out, with cornerback Benjamin St-Juste dropping what should’ve been an interception in Detroit territory on third down.
Washington has all three of its timeouts and the two-minute warning. (Lions 22, Commanders 0, 2:43 left in the second quarter)
After Washington’s defense forced its third consecutive three-and-out, Carson Wentz and the office went back to work. The Commanders’ second drive of the third quarter began with an 18-yard catch by wide receiver Terry McLaurin and ended two plays later, when Wentz’s pass intended for tight end Logan Thomas deflected into the hands of cornerback Will Harris for an interception at the Detroit 20-yard line. (Lions 22, Commanders 7, 10:06 left in the third quarter)
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Washington received the second-half kickoff and moved quickly into Lions territory with a 40-yard strike from Carson Wentz to rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson. Three plays later, Wentz connected with Curtis Samuel for a 15-yard touchdown. Samuel took a huge hit from safety DeShon Elliott on the play but managed to hang on for his second score of the season. (Lions 22, Commanders 7, 12:58 left in the third quarter)
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Washington trails 22-0 at halftime after being outgained 250-56 and limited to two first downs. Carson Wentz is 9-for-16 for 59 yards, and Antonio Gibson has 13 yards rushing on five carries. The last time Washington was shut out through two quarters was 2019 in a 9-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Commanders will get the ball first in the second half, for whatever that’s worth. (Lions 22, Commanders 0, halftime)
The Lions extended their lead with a methodical nine-play touchdown drive capped by Jared Goff’s three-yard pass to Josh Reynolds. Washington’s defense, which has been put in difficult situations by an offense that can’t stay on the field, offered little resistance on the march, which didn’t include a single third-down play.
Goff is 11-for-17 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions have 107 yards rushing on 13 carries. (Lions 22, Commanders 0, 6:43 left in the second quarter)
Make it five possessions without a first down for Washington’s offense. After rookie Aidan Hutchinson registered his second sack of Carson Wentz, tight end Logan Thomas was tackled three yards short of the line to gain on third and long, and Tress Way came on for his fourth punt. (Lions 15, Commanders 0, 12:10 left in the second quarter)
The Lions added to their lead and capped a five-play drive with a 48-yard field goal by Austin Seibert.
The first quarter was a disaster for Washington, which failed to record a first down and was outgained 162-20. The deficit would be worse if the Commanders defense hadn’t limited the Lions to three points on their first two trips inside the red zone. (Lions 15, Commanders 0, 13:47 left in the second quarter)
The Commanders have had no answer for Detroit’s pass rush so far. After a pair of three-and-outs, Washington’s third drive ended with defensive lineman Charles Harris sacking Carson Wentz and forcing a fumble out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Kalif Raymond returned Tress Way’s ensuing kick 52 yards to the Washington 31-yard line, and the Lions were in business again. Four plays later, Jared Goff connected with wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 13-yard touchdown on third down. St.-Brown outleaped cornerback William Jackson III for the score. (Lions 12, Commanders 0, 1:40 left in the first quarter)
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