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Looking ahead to Lions' next opponent: Washington Redskins

A look at the Washington Redskins, which will host the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of the season.

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Next up for the Detroit Lions is a road game against the Washington Redskins in Week 3. Here's an early look at the Redskins:

Washington Redskins (0-2)

Schedule so far

Week 1 - vs. Eagles - lost, 33-27
Week 2 - at Packers - lost, 38-20

Reason for optimism

In their two losses to open the season, the Redskins allowed Michael Vick and Aaron Rodgers to go a combined 49 for 67 for 683 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. What's more, the Redskins also allowed a total of 402 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on the ground in those two games. In total, the Redskins have allowed more than 1,000 yards through two games. Matthew Stafford and company have to be licking their chops based on those numbers.

Reason for pessimism

Aside from the fact that the Redskins are going to be a desperate team given their 0-2 start, consider this stat: The Lions have never won a game at Washington. Historically, they are 0-21 when playing at Washington. That is a lot of bad history standing against the Lions going into this game.

Storyline to watch

Robert Griffin III is still shaking off the rust after spending the offseason recovering from a knee injury, and he hasn't been the same dynamic player who turned heads in his rookie season. As a result, some Redskins fans have begun calling for Kirk Cousins to start at quarterback. That's not going to happen, but RGIII could use a 2012-like performance against Detroit.

Additional info

For more on the Redskins, check out Hogs Haven.

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