After starting the season 0-4, the Detroit Lions laid the lumber to the St. Louis Rams, scoring on offense, defense and special teams, and ran away with a 44-6 win — their greatest margin of victory in 15 years.
For four weeks, they insisted they were different — a play, a call, even a healthy body away from turning things around.
This wasn’t just a reality check, it was a beat down of the highest order. The Rams’ offense, defense, and special teams all played a role Sunday in a loss of historic proportions.
The Lions, who had the NFL’s first 0-16 season two years ago, had won just three of their previous 44 games. They had a shot to win three of their first four games — losing by five, three and two points — after their 14 losses last season were by at least a touchdown and several were very lopsided.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz wasn’t about to sprinkle sand on anybody’s snow cone Sunday.
Did he like that Nate Burleson punted the ball into the stands after his touchdown Sunday? Not really.
Was he a fan of Alphonso Smith’s remake of a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” dance in the end zone? Not really.
Did he scold either player?
Not at all.
Topics: Detroit Lions, Jim Schwartz, Shaun Hill, St. Louis Rams