I got to this a little late, because I got a little to wrapped up in playing "Best Case Scenario" with the offense and defense. Still, in less than four hours the Lions kick off a crucial game against the St. Louis Rams. The main storyline actually surrounding the game is Mike Martz's return to the Edward Jones Dome to coach against the team he led to a Super Bowl. I agree, it's a pretty boring, overplayed storyline, but what do you expect, it's the Lions. Once the game gets underway, however, the only Mike Martz story that will matter is whether or not he can get his offense in-sync after three subpar weeks to start the season. Detroit's offense has only averaged 12.3 ppg so far, and most of that offensive came against a below average Green Bay defense, against whom they scored 24. But there will be no breaks this week, as Detroit plays a St. Louis defense that has only allowed 44 points in three games this season, an average of 14.7 per game. In comparison, Green Bay's defense had allowed 84 points in three games, an average of 28 per game. If Detroit wants to win, however, their offense will have to step it up and play to their potential, for all four quarters.
On the defensive side of the ball, it'll come down to whether or not Detroit's secondary can stop Marc Bulger and St. Louis' passing attack the way they did against Seattle. If Dre Bly, Fernando Bryant and company can render the passing game ineffective, then you can count the Lions in as having a chance. But if the secondary gets lit up like they did against Chicago and Green Bay, then it could be a long afternoon for the Lions. The Lions front seven should continue to do a pretty good job stopping the run game, although they'll have to watch for double threat Steven Jackson catching passes in the flats.
My final prediction: Rams 20, Lions 13