Before the Lions’ game against the Rams I picked out five things to watch. Here is a review of those five things to see how they played out in the Lions’ win.
1. Lions Running Game – The Lions didn’t make a rushing attack a big part of their game plan against the Rams but they did show an ability to pick up yards on the ground when they chose to do so. Kevin Smith averaged a solid 4.8 yards per carry with the Lions averaging 4.6 yards per carry as a team.
2. Lions Sack Total – Kyle Vanden Bosch said this week that he expects the Lions to lead the league in sacks. With history as a guide, it will take between 47 and 61 sacks for them to have a chance to meet that goal. That’s a pace of three per game, exactly what they got on Sunday.
3. Rams Running Game – The Rams weren’t able to make the Lions really pay for their first half turnovers and their inability to run the ball played a big part. Steven Jackson finished with just 53 yards on 21 carries (2.5 yards per carry) and the Rams averaged just 2.9 yards per carry as a team.
4. Megatron – Calvin Johnson said he wanted to have 100 receiving yards in each game this season. One game down, one 100-yard performance in the books. CJ and Nate Burleson tied for the team lead with six receptions on the day and Calvin finished with a game-high 111 yards through the air.
5. Ford Field Faithful – The crowd noise didn’t appear to have a dramatic effect on the Rams’ ability to communicate on offense or force an unusual amount of false starts but it was a lively atmosphere. The way the Lions’ first offensive drive was certainly disappointing but the crowd noise was there when the defense lined up. For all the disappointment, the crowd wasn’t deflated.