Sunday, October 10, 2010

It Just Feels Oh-So-Good

The Lions have finally won their first game of the season after blowing out the St. Louis Rams 44-6. After starting the season 0-4 and losing three very close games, the Lions did everything right on both sides of the ball.

The first quarter ended with the Lions and Rams tied at 3-3. Then in the second quarter the Lions blew it wide open. A 105-yard kick return for a TD from Stefan Logan turned a lead into a snowball effect as the Lions scored two more touchdowns before halftime, taking a 24-6 lead.

St. Louis, led by the No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford, had nothing in the second half as the Rams continued their collapse. The 44-6 victory is the Lions' largest margin since 1995, and their first blowout victory since they beat the Denver Broncos in 2007, 44-7. The win over the Broncos was also the last time fans in the Detroit market watched the team win on TV. The following year the Lions went 0-16, and in 2009, both victories came at home, while the game was blacked out.

The Lions were still without starting QB Matthew Stafford, who looks probably like he's set to return in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins on Halloween. Backup QB Shaun Hill threw 21 of 32 passing, for 227 yards and 3 TDs. It's the best he's looked all year and for the first time, I had confidence in our 2nd stringer.

By the end of the game, the Lions' D took over as Bradford threw two interceptions, one to Ndamukong Suh, the picked right after Bradford in last April's draft, and Alfonso Smith, a newly acquired DB from Denver, who ran it in for a TD.

The Lions, despite having won their only game of the year so far have actually outscored all their opponents combined, 126-112. What makes this victory extra sweet is that they made up for the one difference that has kept them away from winning in three other close losses: they were in the game for all four quarters. Instead of disappearing for a quarter or more, the Lions were in it the entire way.

It's scary to think that had they been firing on all cylinders like this all year, this team could actually be 4-1 right now.

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