Here we are. Week 7. Man this season is going by super fast. We're almost halfway through already. This week the Washington Redskins come to town for the first time since 2010. With them they bring former Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins. That's this weekend, let's go back in time and take a look at the past.
Way back in the day. On November 20th, 1932, the Lions welcomed the Redskins to town for the first time ever. Of course at this time, the Lions were the Portsmouth Spartans and the Redskins were the Boston Braves. On this day, Dutch Clark and the Spartans would get a 10-0 over Hank Hughes and the Braves. From there, the Lions and Redskins would face each other 43 times over the next 84 years. The Redskins lead the series 30-13.
But at home
The Lions are in the driver's seat as far as being at home against the Redskins. They are 10-9 when in the comfy confines of the Motor City. They've won four of the last six. It's a totally different story when the Redskins host the Lions though. They are 21-3 at home against Detroit. Two of those wins came in the 1930's. Of course the Lions recently broke that streak during the 2013 season.
Speaking of streaks
The Redskins were the team the Lions ended their infamous 19-game losing streak against back in 2009. For more on that, check out the other piece we put out earlier this week, Lions vs Redskins: The first win after the end of the world.
As we all know, Kirk Cousins is from right here in Michigan. He was the Spartans starting quarterback for many years and worked his way up the ladder in Washington. But before that, he played his football ten minutes away from my house at Holland Christian High School. A team I now get to cover for our local newspaper.
Before we continue on Cousins, I am legally obligated to inform you that my younger brother Zach, an All-Conference football player for Holland High, sacked Kirk Cousins in high school. There you go Zach. Stop texting me about it.
Anyways, In case you didn't know, SideLion Report Editor Jeff Risdon also calls Holland home and he can tell you first hand, as can I, that Kirk Cousins is like a god in our town. He's the hometown boy and everyone loves him. Rightfully so. He's a great guy. But I just hope they can put that aside and stick with their Lions this Sunday. Nothing personal Kirk, it's just business.
Kirk's not the first
Cousins is not the first Spartan quarterback to take on the Lions on behalf of the Redskins. Al Dorow faced the Lions and led the Redskins to a 18-17 win in November of 1976. He, of course, played for Michigan State and grew up in Imlay City, Michigan, which is about 55 miles outside of Detroit.
That's all I have for you today, Lions fans. I regret to inform you that I will have no "What Just Happened?" piece for you this Sunday. I'll be out in Nick Saban country all weekend. Send your requests for things you'd like me to say to Nick if I run into him to POD_Payton on Twitter.