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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Washington Redskins 19, Detroit Lions 16

Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins pulled off a 19-16 win over the Detroit Lions at home to improve to 2-9 on the season.

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Final Score

Washington Redskins 19, Detroit Lions 16

Washington Redskins

Fabian Moreau was the hero of the day in the secondary for Washington, coming away with a game-sealing interception after they had taken the lead just moments earlier. He allowed a handful of catches on the day, but he more than made up for it with that interception and another earlier in the game.

Jonathan Allen was pushed around at times in the running game, and outside of the sack, he didn't really make any big impact as a pass-rusher.

Washington had a number of very close misses on incomplete passes, some being just slightly off-target by rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He also forced a few dangerous throws into tight coverage. But in the end, Haskins made a play with his legs on the final drive and connected with Terry McLaurin when needed most to set up the game-winning field goal.

The ground game for Washington was lacking outside of scrambles by Haskins. Adrian Peterson had a couple of questionable reads and averaged just 2.7 yards per carry. Rookie Derrius Guice was given more of an opportunity in the second half and had a couple nice runs, but one was called back due to a holding penalty and he ultimately didn’t fare much better with just 32 yards on 10 carries.

Detroit Lions

Jeff Driskel didn't make any game-breaking throws early in the contest, but he was effective enough and had some nice runs on the edge. Late in the game, however, it all fell apart. He threw a key interception that set up the Redskins' game-winning field goal. Driskel threw another interception just two plays later to essentially end the game.

Running back Bo Scarborough had another solid outing as the primary runner in the Lions backfield. His strong running style made it tough for him to be brought down at first contact, and a pair of long runs helped him end the game just two yards shy of 100 yards on the ground.

Rookie cornerback Amani Oruwariye had played just nine defensive snaps before Sunday's game and was forced into a bigger role with Rashaan Melvin and Jamal Agnew out with injuries. Oruwariye stepped up big, making a couple stops in coverage and picking off Haskins for his first career interception in the fourth quarter.

The Lions' defense schemed up a couple of sacks on the day, but in terms of just winning as pass-rushers, they were not nearly as successful. Washington wasn't very productive when Detroit generated pressure but only got to Haskins on less than a third of his dropbacks. 

Cris Collinsworth

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