Well, it wasn't immediate, but the Detroit Lions got back to their winning ways and snapped a brief losing streak to go into the bye at 6-2.
Yes, 6-2. The same dreaded 6-2 that marked their record in 2007, when the Lions obliterated the Denver Broncos 44-7 on the eighth game of the season, at what was likely the highest point for the Lions franchise until right about now.
But as eerie as it is, the Lions are still flying high after eight games, and if nothing else, are guaranteed not to take a step back from last season.
You have to figure the Lions are okay with matching last year's win total in half the amount of games. The last half of the schedule is murderous compared to the first, but they have at least put themselves in a position to succeed and be relevant in December for the first time in a very long time.
But enough 2007 comparisons, and enough looking forward. What have we learned from this particular beatdown?