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Need to Know: Redskins’ offense has to find a way

Sep 22, 2013, 5:43 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 22, the day the Redskins play the Lions at FedEx Field.

Redskins-Lions final checklist

—That the Redskins lost to the Packers was not surprising. That they were non-competitive in the process was. They never trailed by over 18 points at any point in any game last year.

—The good news was that the Kai Forbath injury didn’t matter much since the game didn’t come down to a field goal. But it looks like they might have to go with John Potter again this week as it was reported that Forbath did not kick on Saturday.

—I said it in long form earlier this week and I’ll say it quickly here: there is no way the Redskins should bench RG3 even if he is ineffective today. He has to work his way through his issues. And even if everyone on the outside believed it should happen, there is simply no chance that Mike Shanahan will do it.

—If I had to guess, I’d say Brandon Meriweather plays today. He seemed to be good to go when we talked to him on Friday and if there wasn’t a setback he’ll play in two straight games for the first time since December of 2011. If he can’t go, look for Reed Doughty to start at strong safety with Jordan Pugh active to take some snaps there.

—The other game time decision is on the Lions. It appears that Reggie Bush, who has an injured knee, made the trip with the Lions so we won’t know his status until the inactives are announced. If I had to bet I’d say he plays but it’s far from certain.

—Yes, it is odd for a starter like Fred Davis to play only 16 snaps at tight end no matter what the game situation is. It’s fine to talk about but all I’ll say is that it’s a long season and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Davis play a key role before it’s over. By the way, nobody knows much about Davis’ ankle injury that made him a Saturday addition to the injury report but it will be a surprise if he doesn’t play.

—Not all issues with a football team all of a sudden go away but I don’t think it will take long for the Redskins to start tackling like a real NFL team. It’s simply a matter of the fact that they can’t continue to be that bad.

—You know, even if Griffin can’t run the ball the coaches have to come up with a way for the Redskins to move the ball anyway. There is some offensive talent on the team and the coaches are too well paid for them to fail to come up with a better plan to deal with whatever the deficiencies of the quarterback are. It wasn’t this bad with Rex Grossman.

—There is certainly good reason for Redskins fans to be fearful of what Calvin Johnson can do. But before being concerned that he will dominate and lead the Lions to a huge win consider the fact that he set the NFL record for receiving yards last year and the Lions won all of four games. One man can’t get it done.

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