1. Who won't play?
We thought only Cornelius Griffin and Shawn Springs would miss, but Chris Samuels and Chris Horton didn't play either. The backups clearly did well enough, especially safety Mike Green. Stephon Heyer was OK at left tackle, though he was knocked back on numerous times.
2. How will they replace Griff?
They used Anthony Montgomery in his place, but Monty had a relatively quiet game. They also used their ends inside on occasion.
3. How effective will Jason Taylor be?
He had a couple pressures and was probably helped by playing the bulk of the time at right end with Andre Carter going to the left side. Once, he lined up as a tackle with Kedric Golston. Taylor was OK. Considering his injury, he shouldn't be playing.
4. Is the secondary healthy enough?
No, they weren't, with two starters missing. But the depth was evident as Mike Green filled in admirably for Horton and Fred Smoot for Springs. The Redskins did not use Green in as many looks as they'll use Horton. But they covered well enough to beat a bad team.
5. Can they stop Calvin Johnson?
The Redskins accomplished this, with much help from the Lions. QB Dan Orlovsky did not seem to look his way all that often. Was that because of play calls or because he was covered? Hard to say. But Johnson still managed four catches for 57 yards.
6. What must they do defensively?
Pressure Dan Orlovsky. They did a poor job of that as he was only sacked one time in 35 pass attempts. That's a bad figure. Orlovsky had his best game, completing 21 of 35 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown. He entered as a 52-percent passer. The defense did not play a good game.
7. What else must they do?
Create a turnover for heaven's sake. The offense hasn't scored much in part because they keep having to drive long distances. The same was true today. Finally, the punt return helped as Santana Moss returned one 80 yards for a score. Other than that, the Redskins' scoring drives lasted 73, 58, 35, 95 and 56 yards. Only the 95-yarder resulted in a touchdown.
8. What about the Lions' D?
Here's the sad part: the Lions had an average day. Which is not a good thing. They allowed Clinton Portis to rush for 126 yards (opposing backs averaged 4.8 yards vs. the Lions). The Lions can't cover and that was clear evidenced by Jason Campbell completing 23 of 28 passes for 326 yards.
9. Who should they worry about?
Defensive end DeWayne White and linebacker Ernie Sims. White was an issue, recording 1.5 sacks and five tackles while Sims had a quiet day with just four stops.
10. Will the Redskins win?
We thought they'd win by two touchdowns. Instead, they won their sixth game by a touchdown or less. They're fortunate to have played weaker teams the past two weeks. Otherwise they might be 4-4 heading into the break. On the good side, they're winning despite the offense not scoring the number of points it should given the yardage output. On the bad side, they're getting very banged up and that's an issue worth watching. At least we were right about being 6-2.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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