Finally. After two years of not winning a game, the Lions are off the snide.
And please, this victory over the Washington Redskins should not be discounted because the Redskins are a bad team. Remember folks, we were that "bad team" 19 freaking times in a row.
Classy move on Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz to have the team go back out onto Ford Field to share the victory with the fans. Schwartz said in his post-game locker room talk to the Lions that they owed something to the community and this win is as much the fans as it is the teams.
So the Lions got a win...and they beat a team they were supposed to beat. It wasn't pretty but there were some marked improvements. I didn't actually see the game only some of the highlights and statistics.
And did my eyes deceive me when I saw the Lions made a nice defensive stop on the Redskins and promptly drove 99 yards for a touchdown? I don't care who the team you are playing against, that is not a common occurrence.
Kudos to the rookie QB Matthew Stafford who went 21-of-36, 241 yards and ZERO, NADA, ZILCH INTERCEPTIONS.
Kudos to Kevin Smith going 101 yards on 16 carries for 6.3 yards per carry average.
Kudos to the other Johnson, Bryant getting 73 yards on 4 catches and a real nice catch for a score (that I saw on the highlights).
Kudos to Megatron for putting in a solid game, 5 catches for 49 yards. Still got to get him the ball more though.
Kudos to Ko Simpson on a timely interception.
Kudos to the defense for holding Clinton Portis to 42 yards and the huge 4-and-1 stop in the first quarter.
It feels good to finally write something good about the Detroit Lions. I don't think they will beat Chicago next week at Soldier Field. But the Lions have to feel a whole lot better about themselves. For one game, the hung together as a team and won as a team. They have shown improvement each week.
Who knows what happens when a team gets hot. Does this win mean the Lions are on a roll? Let's not get to giddy here. We all know how well they have played on the road in recent history. The last time the Lions won in Soldier Field was October 28, 2007 with a 16-7 victory. In fact, the Lions actually swept the Bears that season as they beat them 37-27 on September 30th, 2007.
All right, the 800 pound gorilla is off your collective backs. Keep improving, give the Chicago Bears a good scare and if you can, surprise the hell out of everyone and win two games in a row!