The Washington Redskins remained winless, dropping a third straight game with a 27-20 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sept. 22 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

It was the first time the Lions have beaten the Redskins in Washington since 1939, ending a streak that lasted 21 games.

The Redskins (0-3) fell to the Lions (2-1) in the same fashion as their first two losses of the season, struggling on both offense and defense. The Redskins led 7-0 early in the first quarter after veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted a pass intended for Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson and returned it 17 yards for a defensive touchdown.

But that’s where the positive play ended for the ‘Skins secondary, as Lions quarterback Mathew Stafford went on to throw for 385 passing yards and two touchdowns, including a 11-yard touchdown pass to Johnson to seal the win late in the fourth quarter.

Johnson finished with seven catches for 115 yards, while Lions receiver Nate Burleson added 116 receiving yards off of six catches.

Sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III had another slow start to the game, and threw an interception in the second quarter. He also had an untimely fumble in the fourth quarter; with the score tied 17-17, his fumble was recovered by the Lions and set up a field goal that gave Detroit a late-game lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Griffin completed 32 of 50 passes for 326 yards, an interception and a lost fumble.

Next-up: The Redskins will face the Oakland Raiders (1-1) in Oakland, Calif. on Sept. 29. Kickoff is at 4:15 p.m.

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Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor