Survey: NFL players support Redskins name A majority of NFL players support the Washington Redskins' nickname, according to a survey conducted by NFL Nation reporters throughout the offseason and training camp.
There are probably few people who thought the Lions and Redskins would enter this game with one loss apiece and in second place in their respective divisions. Detroit has gotten here by relying on QB Jon Kitna to get the ball to a group of big-play wide receivers, while Washington is using RB Clinton Portis to control the clock and keep the ball away from opposing offenses.
Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs is an offensive-minded coach but after so much success in the NFL he knows the value of a good defense, and Lions coach Rod Marinelli is building a defensive identity with his physical front seven. This will be a very physical game on both sides of the ball and it's not too early to say that the team that comes out on top will increase its momentum ad it builds toward a possible spot in the postseason.