The Lions have had bad luck lately, as if they have ever had good luck, but with starting quarterback Matthew Stafford out, it's been harder to get a win. The game in Chicago was won and then taken away by a stupid rule known as the "process". The Eagles, Vikings, and Packers game were all lost by a play here or there, mostly in the 4th quarter. The defensive line is top-5 in the league for sacks and quarterback pressures, but the defense has a whole is in the bottom-5. We have had injuries to our starting middle linebacker, starting free safety, and our starting WLB suffered a concussion last week. The offense is actually pretty good, but our starting running back has turf toe, starting quarterback is out, a valuable #2 running back is coming off a season ending torn ACL, and our number-2 receiver has also been injured. Add the stupid penalties and costly mistakes at umpteen times and well...you get 0-4. The Detroit Lions are a lot better than the record indicates though, major injuries, youth, and lack of continuity are the main reasons for the losing record. To think that the Rams, who haven't really been playing against top tier teams, could go in to Ford Field and beat the struggling Lions on the road seems pretty likely, but it's definitely not a guarantee.
Hey Rams fans, I see we meet again. Last season, the lone win in St. Louis was at the hands of the Detroit Lions by a touchdown. Now, the Rams are 2-2 and are riding high a rookie phenom's Sam Bradford's accurate arm. Question is, will the Rams have the same success against a struggling but very promising team like Detroit on the road?
The St. Louis Rams are vastly improved, though it's still early and they played 3 of their first 4 games at home against mediocre teams and play in a weak NFC West division. They boast a 2-2 record and have a pretty good rookie quarterback there in Sam Bradford. I've been impressed with his accuracy thus far and has shown the ability to throw the deep pass when needed. Steven Jackson is, when healthy, a top-5 running back,but I'm really not sure what they have in those receivers. The defense is also improved, or at least it seems like they are. They played against teams without elite offenses or defenses in the Cardinals, Seahens, Raiders, and Redskins, though the Redskins do have Donovon McNabb and they held him in check for most of that game. I'm not downplaying what the Rams have accomplished so far, because if it were the Lions at 2-2, I'd be ecstatic, but I'm not convinced that the Rams are a way better team than the Lions just because of their record and until they come to Ford Field and beat them convincingly on the road, I think they are about the same in terms of talent. They are two rebuilding teams, plain and simple. The main difference is that the Lions play in a tough division with Superbowl contenders and the Rams play in a mediocre one with not one surefire playoff team in that entire division. The Rams are improved, no doubt, but so are the Lions. They have just been really unlucky while the Rams have been really lucky.
So, to the Rams fans out there, I say good luck and hopefully the Rams will make the playoffs this season. I'd pull for them to go just because I know how the losing must've felt and Rams fans are loving the early wins now, I'm sure. It feels great, but hopefully it lasts. The Rams have lost a lot lately, like the Lions, just not as bad. Bradford looks like a winner to me and the team is much better than seasons past. I'd be proud if I were living in Missouri. Things are definitely looking up for the Rams.