Redskins 25

(6-2, 3-1 away)

Lions 17

(0-7, 0-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 26, 2008

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 3 10 925
DET 7 3 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 328 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 24 CAR, 126 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 9 REC, 140 YDS, 1 TD

Redskins ride Moss, Campbell past upset-minded Lions

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Washington Redskins have been waiting for the right opportunity to have Santana Moss return a punt.

Perfect timing.

Moss returned a punt 80 yards early in the fourth quarter, scoring what proved to be Washington's game-winning touchdown in a 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Redskins have won six of their last seven, improving to 6-2 on the season.

• Clinton Portis carried 24 times for 126 yards, going over 120 yards rushing for the fifth consecutive game. Portis has now rushed for 125 yards in five consecutive games twice in his career, joining O.J. Simpson as the only players in NFL history to do it on more than one occasion.

• Santana Moss had nine receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown and also had an 80-yard punt return for a score. Moss, whose scoring reception went for 50 yards, is just the fifth player since the merger to have a touchdown reception of 50 yards and a punt return score of 80 yards in the same game.

• The Lions remained winless at 0-7, but did manage to score in the first quarter for the first time this season.

-- ESPN research

"Once he gets open, he's tough to catch in the open field," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

Moss' second TD of the game came on his only punt return of the day and just his second of the season.

"I was telling somebody earlier in the year, `It's not like I don't know how to do it anymore or I don't want to do it anymore," said Moss, whose last TD on a punt return was in 2002 with the New York Jets. "When the time is needed, I'm more than happy to go back there."

The Redskins are relieved to survive what seemed to be an easy three-game stretch -- playing St. Louis, Cleveland and Detroit -- with two victories that put them at 6-2 for the first time since 2000.

"Now this is the push here where the teams begin to define themselves halfway through the season," Zorn said. "We're hoping that we can keep this thing going."

Detroit's hopes of finally winning this season -- and for just the second time in 15 games -- were dashed despite going ahead for the first time in the opening quarter and leading nearly half the game.

Lions coach Rod Marinelli, though, refuses to believe his team is preconditioned to lose.

"I don't deal in couch therapy," Marinelli said. "I'll never do that. I'm going to go back and coach them."

As usual, Detroit allowed a quarterback to have a fantastic game.

Campbell was 23-of-28 for a season-high 328 yards with a touchdown and a career-high 127.4 passer rating, surpassing his performance last year against the Lions and continuing a trend.

In Detroit's seven losses, six quarterbacks have had a career-high passer rating against them.

Moss had a season-high nine receptions for 140 yards, including a 50-yard TD that put Washington ahead late in the third quarter.

The Redskins had a lot of success in the air because of what Clinton Portis did on the ground.

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Portis ran for 126 yards, joining O.J. Simpson in the NFL record book as the only players with 120 yards rushing in five straight games on two different occasions.

"It's great company," said Portis, adding the offensive line deserved praise for creating holes without tackle Chris Samuels.

Portis got an earful from Zorn on the bench because the running back was having problems with his equipment when the Redskins had the ball and the coach didn't know he wasn't available.

"He just misunderstood the situation and we had a sweet exchange of words," Zorn said. "It was the heat of the game for me.

"We just came to an understanding. We talked about it at halftime. We talked about it in front of the team."

Portis said the confrontation shouldn't be blown out of proportion.

"It wasn't nothing major. It was just miscommunication," Portis said. "I regret that it happened because I never want someone to feel like I wasn't there."

When Moss wasn't scoring, Washington's kicker came through.

Shaun Suisham kicked four field goals, including a 42-yarder with 1:56 to go that put Washington ahead by 8 points and capped a drive that took nearly 5 minutes off the clock.

Detroit got the ball at its 23 with no timeouts left -- needing a touchdown and 2-point conversion to force overtime -- but the drive ended near midfield with a short pass on fourth down.

The Lions have lost three straight games by single digits after being routed in their first four, but that's of no consolation.

"We need a win," offensive tackle Jeff Backus said. "No moral victories."

Game notes

Detroit's Dan Orlovsky was 21-of-35 for 223 yards and a TD pass to Calvin Johnson on a fourth down -- the second such conversion on a drive midway through the fourth quarter. ... Samuels missed the game with a knee injury. ... The game was blacked out on TV in the Detroit area because Ford Field was not sold out for the first time since opening in 2002.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2213
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6451
Total Yards439274
Yards per play6.95.4
Total Drives1210
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-42-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

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Scoring Summary

wshFG8:16Shaun Suisham 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 6:48
detTD0:19Rudi Johnson, 11 yd run (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 49 yds, 1:29
detFG10:32Jason Hanson 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yds, 2:49
wshFG0:04Shaun Suisham 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 58 yds, 2:22
wshFG11:07Shaun Suisham 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 35 yds, 2:42
wshTD4:53Santana Moss, 50 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 95 yds, 4:03
wshTD11:49Santana Moss, 80 yd punt return(Jason Campbell pass to Clinton Portis for 2pt conversion failed)
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yds, 0:00
detTD6:46Calvin Johnson, 15 yd pass from Dan Orlovsky (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 76 yds, 4:50
wshFG2:00Shaun Suisham 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 4:43