Game Grades: Week 5

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- This was the Lions' worst offensive performance since Mike Martz became their offensive coordinator last year. We grade the Lions following Sunday's disastrous 34-3 loss to the Washington Redskins -- and we didn't pull any punches.

Below are grade the Detroit Lions following Sunday's disastrous 34-3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

We didn't pull any punches.

REPORT CARD VS. REDSKINS

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- This was the Lions' worst offensive performance since Mike Martz became their offensive coordinator last year. The Lions, who entered as the NFL's top-ranked passing team, netted only 76 passing yards. They allowed five sacks -- one for a safety -- even though the Redskins, who had only seven sacks in their first three games, relied on a four-man rush. Quarterback Jon Kitna threw for only 106 yards, his lowest total as a Lion, and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- The Redskins dared the Lions to run, but the Lions gained only 68 yards on 20 carries. Running back Kevin Jones didn't touch the ball in the first half, then had 11 carries for 48 yards in the second half, plus two catches for 17 yards. Coach Rod Marinelli said the decision was based on Jones' health. Jones, who has played three games since suffering a bad foot injury last season, said he was healthy enough to play much more.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- The Redskins had only two receivers who had caught a pass this season. Their best one, Santana Moss, was out with a groin injury. Their second, Antwaan Randle El, left the game with a hamstring injury late in the first half -- but not before catching seven passes for 100 yards. QB Jason Campbell had the best day of his young career against the Lions -- 23-for-29 for 248 yards, two touchdowns, no picks and a 125.2 rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Redskins RB Clinton Portis had a sore knee, and he still averaged 4.0 yards per carry. FB Mike Sellers bulled his way through the Lions for 24 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- The Lions allowed James Thrash to return a punt 62 yards in the fourth quarter, setting up a touchdown. They forced the Redskins to punt four times and didn't manage a single return. Four fair catches.

COACHING: F -- Coach Rod Marinelli has preached consistency more than anything else, and yet his team continues to go up and down. Blasted at Philadelphia, 56-21. Big 37-27 victory over Chicago. Blasted at Washington, 34-3. Martz lost another chess match, this time to Gregg Williams, who went against his tendencies by not blitzing or playing man coverage. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has a lot of work to do.


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