Lions 44, Rams 6 (box score)
Ahhhh, exhale. Win number one is out of the way. We know this team is better than the one that went 0-16 but now we don’t even have to entertain the misinformed talk that might suggest the Lions could repeat the feat.
With wins so far and few between, Lions fans haven’t been treated to a laugher in a couple years. We could break down each play to see what went right and find those times when something could have been done better. I don’t feel the need to do that. It feels good to be able to sit back on a Sunday night with the satisfaction of a Lions victory in which the offense, defense, and special teams all played well.
Shaun Hill continued his solid play in relief of Matthew Stafford. He avoided the costly mistakes that were the scourge of his previous starts. How many times have we seen competent backup quarterbacks come in and play well against the Lions? On this day it was our backup that outplayed an opposing team’s young franchise quarterback. Satisfaction.
The defense had been prone to allowing big plays. The secondary has been much maligned, and rightfully so, but the defense as a whole has allowed big runs as well. Stephen Jackson ended up with a nice statistical day but the Lions held strong in the most important category, touchdowns allowed. Jackson and the rest of the Rams offense was held to just two field goals. The Lions helped themselves out with key turnovers like their fumble recovery in the red zone, Alphonso Smith’s pick six, and Ndamukong Suh’s interception of a ball that he batted into the air. Satisfaction.
The Lions’ special teams got this game off to a good start with Amari Spievey’s recovery of a surprise onside kick. Jason Hanson was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals including a long of 48 yards. Stefan Logan matched a franchise best with his 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Logan’s return was especially well timed as it put up a touchdown immediately following a Rams field goal to knot the score at three. The return, coverage, and kicking game was on point today in a way that showed a talent and coaching level not seen in Detroit in a number of years. Satisfaction.
As the Lions extended their lead from comfortable to blowout we started drawing comparisons during the live blog to the Lions’ 2007 44-7 win against Denver. That win made the Lion and improbable 6-2, however they would then go on to lose seven of their last eight games. Hopefully much better things follow this decisive victory. Maybe, maybe not, but for now we might as well enjoy it anyway.