Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wrap-up: Lions 44, Rams 6
By Kevin Seifert
Wrapping up the Detroit Lions' 44-6 victory against the St. Louis Rams.
What it means: The Detroit Lions entered this game believing their organizational improvement had been belied by an 0-4 start. Fair enough. If that's the case, then you have to beat the St. Louis Rams at home. And that's exactly what the Lions did, putting together their biggest victory in 15 years. That's right. The last time the Lions won a game by 38 or more points was on Dec. 17, 2005 -- a 44-0 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Via pro-football-reference.com.)
Game-breaker: Kick returner Stefan Logan, claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers, returned a second-quarter kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions the lead for good. It was the first time that a Lions kickoff returner had brought one back for a touchdown in six years. (We're not counting Casey FitzSimmons' 41-yard return in 2007). The Lions have had some trouble scoring touchdowns this season, but Logan's return opened the floodgates Sunday.
By the numbers: The Lions entered this game with 11 turnovers in their first four games. They had none Sunday. Enough said.
Interesting call: For what it's worth, I had no problem with coach Jim Schwartz's decision to call a halfback option pass with the Lions comfortably ahead midway through the fourth quarter. You can squawk about "sportsmanship" if you want, and then go back to Pop Warner, where it matters. There are no mercy calls in pro football, at least there shouldn't be. Especially not in Detroit. This is an organization that has been beat down in as many ways as you can imagine. Sunday was the Lions' fourth victory in their past 45 games. This group needs to learn how to aggressively pursue victories instead of trying to stave off losses. I'm all for the mentality that led to that call.
What's next: The Lions will try for the first winning streak in three years next Sunday at the New York Giants.