ALLEN PARK - Lions wide receiver Roy Williams went out on a limb yesterday, all but guaranteeing a victory over the Atlanta Falcons during Thursday's nationally televised tilt and expressing extreme confidence in this teammates.
"We will beat this team, we beat them last year," offered Williams, referring to last season's win over the Falcons. "(And) we will beat them this year because we're a [heck] of a football team and I believe that with all my heart."
Williams said it's not too late to put together a winning streak and contend for a playoff berth. At 4-6, the Lions have an outside chance to make the playoffs, but would need to win almost all of its remaining games and get help from the Chicago Bears. Williams said a sure-fire way is to put the ball in the hands of the teams playmakers.
"We've got to get our things straight on the offensive side of the ball," said Williams.
"We've got to run the football, we've got to be consistent at running the football. We should be a team that when the Lions come out they know that they're going to get a heavy dose of Kevin Jones and when you bring them guys up (the safeties) we're going to take a shot downfield.
"We are not consistent running the football. We run it good at times. We just have to be that team - like the Denver Broncos - we have to pound that football."
Williams said he understands that the offensive line has struggled, but they still have to get the job done.
"Yes, it takes continuity from those guys, those guys have to play together for a long time and get used to each other. Kevin has to get used to those offensive linemen. It just takes time. We wish it was right now, we wish it was clicking right now, but it might take a year, it might take a year and a half."
Lions' guard Damien Woody agreed the running game has to be better, but said so does the passing game.
"I just think that across the board everybody has to do a better job," said Woody. "That's the only way I know how to get it done. Last year we were in a similar type of situation where we weren't running the ball with that much success. It just came to a point where everything started clicking. That's what we have to do regards offense.
"We just have to start clicking as a unit."
But time is running out on the season. How long can they wait to get results?
"We should have done it Sunday (vs. Cowboys)," said Woody. "The second half of the season we should be 2-0, but we're 1-1. We can finish this thing 7-1 and I don't know where that'll put us 10-6, 9-7 somewhere up in there nine or ten games."
"We need Chicago to lose. We need to stay on a hot streak. That's one thing we've got to do is put wins together. We've got to put wins together instead of all these "L's".
NO QB CONTROVERSY:With the starting quarterback to be announced prior to kick-off, Williams said it doesn't matter who gets behind center - to a point. "Just as long as they're right-handed, we're good to go. If we get a left-hander and start switching back and forth, that's tough. As long as we've got two right handed quarterbacks, we're good."
Williams caught balls from the left-handed Chris Simms at Texas.