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Stafford, Keenum duel as Lions top Rams

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) outruns Los Angeles Rams defensive end Eugene Sims during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) AP

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was as good as the Lions can realistically expect him to be today. Rams quarterback Case Keenum was better than the Rams could have possibly hoped for today. In the end of a back-and-forth battle, it was Stafford’s Lions that came out on top.

Stafford completed 23 of 31 passes for 270 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Keenum completed 27 of 32 passes for 321, with three touchdowns, but his last pass of the game was his first interception, a game-sealing pick that allowed the Lions to hold on for a 31-28 win.

It had been a back-and-forth battle all day, with both quarterbacks having a big advantage over both opposing secondaries. Keenum was surgical on short passes and also hit Kenny Britt a couple times deep. Stafford’s favorite receiver was Golden Tate, who also had success beating the Rams deep.

Neither Jeff Fisher nor Jim Caldwell can be happy with his team’s defense, but Caldwell can be pleased that Rafael Bush came up with that game-winning interception to improve the Lions’ record to 3-3. The Rams, with their second straight loss, fall to 3-3. Both of these teams are thoroughly mediocre, but they combined for an entertaining game.

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8 Responses to “Stafford, Keenum duel as Lions top Rams”
  1. realfootballfan says: Oct 16, 2016 4:15 PM

    Surprisingly the game of the day so far. Very entertaining.

  2. hyzers says: Oct 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    With Jim Bob Cooter, Stafford is elite.

  3. bdshaffer20 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:42 PM

    $TAFFORD…

  4. schmitty2 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:51 PM

    That Jeff Fisher call to go for it on 4th down at the Lions 1 and get stuffed just before halftime came back to bite the Rams…in typical Jeff Fisher fashion.

  5. flyinghighphil says: Oct 16, 2016 5:02 PM

    Schmitty2. I had a horrible feeling it would . That’s 2 weeks in a row now that Fischer has made a horrible call to cost us a possible win. There is no way they can justify giving him an extension. We should be 4-2 at worst , could be 5-1 !

  6. ariani1985 says: Oct 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    Jeff fisher, the joke that keeps on giving!

  7. liontuss says: Oct 16, 2016 6:00 PM

    Give Stafford the big contract – but void it if Cooter leaves. The Lions won’t be the first ones to have to pay for Cooter.

  8. luchey says: Oct 17, 2016 9:26 PM

    Stafford hit on 23 of 31 attempts against the Rams, with four drops by his receivers, one throwaway, and one batted pass at the line of scrimmage, giving him a league-best 93.1 adjusted completion percentage in Week 6.

    Stafford is now tied with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson for the best mark this season, at 80.7.

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