Beer Thinker's Rant: The Detroit Lions Did Beat an NFL Team

Seattle Lion FanAnalyst IISeptember 29, 2009

I have just about had it with some of the comments being made about the Lions first victory since 2007.

The last time I looked, the Washington Redskins were a member of the National Football League, right?

The Lions finally put a good, not great, game together minimized their mistakes, ran the ball very well, played decent defense, and Matthew Stafford had his best game in his short career as a starting QB for the Detroit Lions.

And yet there are some out there that aren't giving credit where credit is due.

Little snide comments such as "Let's remember who they were playing," and, "It wasn't like they beat the Indianapolis Colts, this was the Redskins they beat."

Now I know how the Washington Generals must have felt when they would register a rare win against the Harlem Globetrotters. 

It's not enough the Lions showed improvement.  Those that think a valid win must be over an elite team are nothing more than armchair critics.

And to add insult to injury, there are Washington Redskin fans that want Jim Zorn's head on a platter simply because he lost to another NFL team.  Sure, it was against the Lions who hadn't had a victory in 19 games. 

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Yes, it was against a team that went 0-16 last year.  And no doubt everyone knows the turmoil this team has endured since William Clay Ford, Sr. bought the team in 1961.

But the Lions, like the Redskins, are a team in the National Football League.

Was the expectation the Lions were never to win again?  Was the expectation to validate their improvements if they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in two weeks?  Would that victory count for any more or less than the victory over the Redskins?

Without a doubt, the victory over the Redskins doesn't mean the Lions have suddenly turned it around.  They still have quite a road to travel.  And one of the first things on the list was to win a game.  Mission accomplished.

This win takes the worry away from losing 20 straight. 

This win removes a stigma that the Lions can't win a game.

This win gives the fans a modicum of hope that further improvement is on its way.

This win was over an NFL team, not over the Little Sisters of the Poor.