The Detroit Lions did just about everything they could to make this one interesting. They were not going to get blown out by the Los Angeles Rams without putting up one hell of a fight.
The Lions pulled out two fake punts and a surprise onside kick to try and get the offense moving against a solid Rams defense and to keep former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford off the field. The plan worked as the Lions jumped out to a 10-0 lead.
But when Stafford was on the field, the Lions had no answer for him. The franchise quarterback was especially lethal on third down, with the Rams converting on nine-of-12 attempts.
In the end, the Lions still had an opportunity to take the lead late, down six points with under five minutes left. However, Jared Goff—in his opportunity to take revenge—threw a red zone interception that sank the Lions for good. Despite another gutsy effort, the Lions fell to 0-7 with a 28-19 loss to the Rams.
Here’s how it happened:
Before the game kicked off, the Rams ran two short video tributes to Rams-turned Lions Michael Brockers and Jared Goff. (We only caught video of Goff).
The Lions got the ball first and they finally put their early-game offensive woes to bed. On third-and-9, the Rams sent a full-out blitz, but the Lions responded with a perfectly-timed screen pass to D’Andre Swift. The Lions running…