Stafford, Keenum duel as Lions top Rams


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.