Here one fact about each team the Redskins will face in 2012. Here are the teams scheduled in Weeks 1-8.@ SaintsIts a good thing for the Saints that Drew Brees leads a potent offense. New Orleans was 24thin the league in yards allowed and got just 16 takeaways, 31stin the NFL. When they won the Super Bowl in 2009 they had 39 takeaways during the regular season.@ RamsRunning back Stephen Jackson is working on a streak of seven straight seasons with over 1000 yards rushing. He has played pretty well against in six games against the Redskins, gaining an even 500 yards on 110 carries.BengalsEveryone points to Andy Dalton as the reason the Bengals went from 4-12 in 2010 to 9-7 and a playoff berth last year. But they got pretty good QB play from Carson Palmer in 10. The big difference was the defense. They improved from 24thin points allowed to ninth and went from 15thin yards allowed to seventh.@ BucsPerhaps it was unfair that they fired Raheem Morris as their head coach last year after going 10-6 and just missing the playoffs in 2010 but it was truly ugly at the end in Tampa Bay. After a 3-1 start the Bucs went 1-11. In those final 11 games they gave up more than 30 points eight times. Opponents hung up over 40 on them four times in that stretch, including three of the last four.FalconsQuarterback Matt Ryan has started at least nine game won by the Falcons in each of his four seasons in the NFL. They won 11 in his rookie 2008 season, turning things around from a miserable 4-12 performance the previous season.VikingsWhen the Redskins and Vikings met in Week 16 at FedEx Field, Minnesota put up 33 points despite losing both starting quarterback Christian Ponder and All-World running back Adrian Peterson to injuries during the game. That was their second-highest point total of the season. The Vikings gave up more than the 26 points the Redskins scored nine times last year.@ GiantsNone of the 45 previous Super Bowl champs had been outscored during the regular season but the 2011 Giants gave up 400 points and scored 394 last year. They turned it around in style, outscoring its for playoff opponents 102-56@ SteelersIt looked like the Steelers were teetering on the brink after Week 9 when they lost to the Ravens for the second time to fall to 6-3. But they turned it on after that, winning six of their last seven. They didnt allow the opposition to get to double-digit points in five of their six games after the bye.
Here are five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Lions.
—The Redskins can’t keep giving themselves mountains to climb in the form of turnovers and penalties. Washington had three fumbles hit the ground and lost two of them, the Lions recovered their only fumble. A Dustin Hopkins field goal from 45-yards—a veritable chip shot for him—hit off of the very top of the upright and bounced the wrong way. The Redskins didn’t need all of those plays, just one of them.
—Kirk Cousins put on a show for his hometown fans, including relatives and Michigan State alumni. He completed 77 percent of his passes for 301 yards and a touchdown. Cousins ran for another score, one that appeared to win the game.
—Joe Barry needs to get this last-minute defense figured out. In Baltimore a few weeks ago they almost let a road win slip away but a Joe Flacco TD pass was nullified when replay showed that the receiver’s foot was just out of bounds. Today, they weren’t so fortunate. It’s a tough balance between pressure and coverage but they had held Stafford in check for much of the day until the final minute.
—Chris Thompson needs some more carries. Today he led the team in both carries (12) and yards (73). He finished off some runs tough, too, fighting for extra yardage. They don’t want to wear him out or risk injuring him but they need to get the ball in his hands.
—I’m not in the “bench Matt Jones” club but he needs to get back to basics. Fighting for extra yardage is great but ball protection is more important.
MORE REDSKINS: Norman out with a concussion
Left guard Trent Williams was injured late in Washington's 20-17 loss to Detroit on Sunday, a development perhaps lost in shuffle of the Redskins' final drive as they attempted to tie or win the game.
Williams was helped off the field and brought to the locker room, where he was gingerly escorted by the team's medical staff to be examined further.