Detroit Lions Feel Sorry For St. Louis, Help Rams Avoid Winless Season

Zac HerrContributor INovember 1, 2009

DETROIT , MI - NOVEMBER 01: Daniel Fells #46 of the  St. Louis Rams celebrates a touchdown off of a fake field goal with Josh Brown #3, Donnie Jones #5 and Billy Bajema #47 while playing the Detroit Lions on November 1, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I am not going to lie, I felt that the Lions could have a real chance at maybe winning five games this year. I had a couple of games that were circled as probable wins.

First was the game against the Washington Redskins. Somehow the secondary managed to not get burnt like they have all season, and the run defense stepped up enough to secure the win.

Second was a game featuring an 0-7 team that had a horrible offense and an almost equally bad defense. The Lions should have destroyed the Rams. Yet, they struggled to score until the fourth quarter.

Not only did the offense sputter horribly during the game, so did the defense, allowing Steven Jackson to run rampant for 149 yards on 22 carries. Letting an opposing team's running back average 6.8 yards per carry is never a winning formula in the NFL.

Fortunately for Detroit fans, the game was not televised because of the NFL's blackout policy. After this humiliating loss, the Lions are 2-29 in their last 31 games.

The Rams offense didn't do much better than the Lions', but the Rams had a trick up their sleeve. The Rams lined up for a field goal in the second quarter, but instead of kicking a field goal that would have given them a 6-2 lead, they ran a trick play with the kicker throwing for a touchdown to a wide open Daniel Fells.

The last game that I can see the Lions winning is in week 11, versus the lowly Cleveland Browns. Although the Browns are 1-7, it is still a stretch to say the Lions can win this game.

The Browns have shown some signs of life this year and if the Lions keep shooting themselves in the foot, they may lose this game and follow up the worst season in NFL history with the third worst.