The Detroit Lions were never going to be able to break their all-time losing streak in Washington on the strength of a single outstanding performance. No, it was a team effort that got the job done. In that spirit, the SideLion Report Detroit Lions game ball is being split this week.
Matthew Stafford – The Detroit Lions were able to move the ball consistently throughout the game, almost as well as they did against the Vikings in week one, and Stafford was the key reason why. Eight different receivers caught passes with Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both going over 100 yards receiving on the day. An early pick-six put the Lions behind but Calvin Johnson doesn’t lose one-on-one battles like that often so DeAngelo Hall deserves a tip of the cap.
Ziggy Ansah – Sunday’s win was the kind the Lions need to shed the “same old Lions” label and not surprisingly a new Lions was partly to thank on defense. Rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah was solid against the run and pass coming up with seven tackles (three solo) one tackle for loss, two sack and two quarterback hits. The Lions had to be pleased with the start Ansah is off to even before Sunday’s win and his performance against the Redskins was his best yet.