Lions 27, Rams 23: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

Let's breakdown some of the highlights by looking at the good, the bad and the ugly from Detroit's season opening win over St. Louis

There is a lot to talk about after the Lions 27-23 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Let's breakdown some of the highlights by looking at the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lions season opening win.

The Good – Defense

It'd be easy to call-out the team's resilience and ability to score the game-winning touchdown with seconds remaining on the clock, but it is important to remember what got them there.

The defense held tight for most of the game, allowing only 14 first downs, 251 yards and 16 points.

The defensive line was able to pressure Rams quarterback Sam Bradford without much help from blitzers and recorded three sacks as a unit.

The linebackers were the benefactors of continuity as all three starters from last season returned in their same positions this year. The trio combined for 27 tackles against the Rams and was largely responsible for holding running back Stephen Jackson to only 53 yards on 21 carries.

Lastly, the secondary – missing both Louis Delmas and Chris Houston – held up admirably considering.

The Bad – Turnovers

The offense was able to register 28 first downs and gain 429 yards. They could have – and should have – scored in the high-30s but instead registered only 27 points.

The problem was the three interceptions by Stafford.

The sub-par performance by Stafford can easily be forgotten because of his late-game heroics but if the Rams had taken advantage of their opportunities on offense, the water-cooler conversations might be much different tomorrow morning.

The Ugly – Titus Young's Personal Foul

After Matthew Stafford had thrown his third interception – which was returned for a touchdown – there must have been some frustration boiling in the blood of the Lions offense.

Young decided to allow that frustration manifest itself into action by head-butting Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The play was flagged and resulted in a 15-yard penalty enforced on the ensuing kickoff.

The Rams attempted to squib the kick, hoping they could get a bounce and recover but tight end Will Heller came up with the ball for the Lions and – according to head coach Jim Schwartz – "bailed us out of that bad decision."

Young was benched briefly after the penalty.

Young has demonstrated some self-control issues in the past – a needless personal foul against the New Orleans Saints in 2011 and an alleged "sucker punch" to Delmas during the offseason – and will need to get these issues completely under control.

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