By Harvey Hoffman
Quinton Dunbar picked off a pass, Dustin Hopkins hit the go-ahead field goal from 39 yards out with 0:16 left and the Redskins beat the Detroit Lions 19-16 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins picked up his first NFL win after leading Washington (2-9) into field goal range following Dunbar’s interception.
Haskins finished 13 of 29 for 156 yards and an interception but made a couple fewer mistakes than Jeff Driskel, who was picked off three times as the Lions (3-7-1) lost their fourth in a row and third since starter Matt Stafford went out with injury.
Haskins fumbled on third down on Washington’s first possession, Detroit turned the ball over on consecutive offensive plays, Lions kicker Matt Prater missed a 39-yard field goal and his teammates were baffled on Steven Sims’ 91-yard kickoff return (above) for a Redskins touchdown — after muffing the catch.
Driskel finished 20 of 32 for 207 yards, with a touchdown pass and the three interceptions.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was in uniform but only saw the field on special teams. After multiple reports that he’d be inactive, it was a bit of surprise Norman played at all.
“Where you are today isn’t the determining factor of where you’ll be tomorrow,” Norman tweeted before the game. “But every day is its own starting point to create a dynasty that’ll last when you’re gone.”
Norman has drawn his share of criticism during a rough season, his fourth since signing a $75 million, five-year deal with Washington. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said he “couldn’t tell you why” Norman has struggled.