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The regular season began September in Chicago. In the first half, Matthew Stafford was injured and would be sidelined for the following weeks to come. The Lions were up 14-13 at the end of the first half. Jay Cutler threw for 372 yards and Detroit was still in the game with backup quarterback Shaun Hill. It looked like the Lions were going to get their first road win in 20 games when Calvin Johnson caught a 25 yard touchdown pass. However, the play was challenged and overruled; the referees said that Johnson did not complete “the process”. The Lions lost the game 19-14 and Calvin Johnson’s “catch” was a topic of conversation for the next couple of days.
The next week, the Lions tried to bounce back against the Eagles at Ford Field. Jahvid Best had a monster game. Best had 78 yards rushing, 9 receptions for 154 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Hill threw for 335 yards but also threw 2 interceptions. Michael Vick and the offense proved to be a little too much for the Lions. Vick threw 2 touchdown passes and LeSean McCoy added 120 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles won a close one, 35-32.
The Vikings hosted the Lions for Week 3. The Lions took an early 7-0 lead with a Tony Scheffler touchdown catch. After that, the Lions only scored a field goal. Adrian Peterson sealed the deal with a 80 yard touchdown run late in the game to give the Vikings a 14 point lead. Peterson finished the day with 160 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. The Lions had their chances to win, but turned the ball over 3 times and committed 8 penalties. Shaun Hill was 29 for 43 but responsible for 2 interceptions. The Vikings won the game, 24-10.
The Lions were 0-3 at the end of September but could have won all 3 games. It was clear that the Lions were an improved team from 2009. Some of the fans were settling for these “moral victories” while others weren’t content with no wins.
Next Month: October