Was it pretty? No, it was not.
But the Detroit Lions, at the end of the day, are 1-0, just as expected. And after the first game of the season, it's tough to tell whether what we saw against the St. Louis Rams are trends or anomalies.
But whatever the circumstances, the NFL season is underway, and what happened Sunday goes into the record books. That means Matthew Stafford has a much higher career interception ratio than he did Saturday, and Kevin Smith is among the leading scorers in the 2012 NFL season.
We've now officially gone from having unreliable data to make season predictions to having far too little data. So while these may not be accurate predictors of the season's direction, here are the big winners and losers for the Lions after the first game of the season.