Lions Score 1st Win Since 2007

Redskins fall to team that went 0-16 in 2008; Vick returns
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2009 3:45 PM CDT
Lions wide receiver Bryant Johnson (80) celebrates his 21-yard touchdown catch with wide receiver Dennis Northcutt in the first quarter of today's 19-14 defeat of the visiting Redskins.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – The Detroit Lions, winless since December 2007 and holders of the NFL record for futility after their 0-16 2008 season, stunned the visiting Redskins today at Ford Field, recording a 19-14 victory. "Yes, it's just the Redskins. And yes, they are not very good," wrote Shawn Winston of the Detroit Free Press—who was live-blogging from Grand Rapids because of the local TV blackout. "But damn, how about that?"

The stunning—especially to fans in suicide pools—outcome overshadowed Philadelphia QB Michael Vick's return to regular-season action after nearly 3 years on the shelf. With Donovan McNabb sidelined by a broken rib, Vick entered the Eagles' 34-14 thumping of the Chiefs on the second play from scrimmage but played infrequently. Vick, who had last played for real on Dec. 31, 2006, had 7 yards on one rush and attempted two passes, both of which fell incomplete.
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