I know previously I posted something after the colossal beat down we gave ourselves at the hands of the Vikings, about how we wouldn't win a game without Stafford. Well, I thought that until the Green Bay game where Hill seemed to move the ball a lot easier than pro-bowl quarterbacks like Jay Cutler and Mike Vick who played Green Bay at home even. Sure, he made some bonehead plays as well, but overall I was impressed at how well he and the offense played and the game planning against Green Bay offensively was up to par. St. Louis is 2-2 and riding high with a rookie QB under the helm. The one win that St. Louis had gotten all of last year was against us at Ford Field... and I'm hoping that Detroit hasn't forgotten about that.
Sam Bradford is playing well for a rookie, but he's an inexperienced rookie quarterback, nonetheless. He may have played well so far, but both of those wins were at home against teams with seemingly weak defenses . The Rams as a team also played well in both of those wins at home, but they've played three out of the last four games at home with their starting quarterback, may he be a rookie or not. Could you imagine the Lions playing Daunte Culpepper all of last year? Another 0-16 season would've occurred, Stafford got us to 2 wins and possibly more had he not gotten hurt. I think the Rams are a much improved team who have played some mediocre teams at home and won. Not to take anything away from them, but they haven't played a team with the type of high powered offense that Detroit has or the sack machine defensive line they posses either. Sure, we have given up huge plays and haven't been consistent on offense in the last four games, but these teams the Lions have played are a lot better than the teams the Rams played and all but one of those games were on the road.
I'm not sure if Stafford is going to play, but if Best is healthy and we don't instantly shoot ourselves in the foot with stupid penalties, we have a really good chance of winning. The Rams aren't the Bears, Eagles, Vikings, or the Packers, not even close. We were in every game we've played so far and lost at the end of each one. The defensive line for Detroit shouldn't have a problem getting to Bradford, if we can contain Jackson enough and pressure Bradford into some errant throws, the offense shouldn't have a problem putting points on the board. There isn't one corner on that Rams roster than can hang with Calvin Johnson now that there is actually weapons around him. If Burleson comes back, the Detroit offense is even more dangerous. I expect a healthy Best to have a huge day with the tight ends and Calvin stretching that St. Louis defense thin. The defensive line should have a field day with a rookie quarterback and the corner backs for Detroit might even come up with a few interceptions.
Overall, this might be a trap game where the one win (like last year against St. Louis for instance) we give them get's squandered and they lose in a squeaker, but with their rookie quarterback and our improved offense and defensive line, the Lions should get their first win at home in front of a (almost) soldout crowd and the team get's a big lift before they get Matthew Stafford back and head to the New Meadowlands to face the team that destroyed our division rival , the New York Giants. St. Louis 17 - Detroit 30