Lions' Williams guarantees victory over Bears

Wide receiver Roy Williams, disappointed with the Lions' offensive output in their season opener against Seattle, has guaranteed a win Sunday at Chicago. "We'll win this game, we will win this game," Williams said following Monday's practice.

ALLEN PARK - Wide receiver Roy Williams, disappointed with the Lions' offensive output in their season opener against Seattle, has guaranteed a win Sunday at Chicago.

"It's going to be a great game," he said Monday. "We'll win this game, we will win this game. Ya'll can take this as a guarantee or what-not but we will win this game."

Williams was asked if he was making a Rasheed Wallace-type guarantee, referring to the Detroit Pistons forward who frequently guarantees victories in the NBA playoffs.

"I'm just saying we're going to go out there and play the way we're supposed to play, and when we play the way we're supposed to play, we're supposed to win," he said. "That's what I'm saying -- that we're supposed to win."

Williams, a first-round pick in the 2004 NFL draft, was still disgusted with himself for a sub-par performance in the Lions' season-opening 9-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field. He referred to his blocking as "(bleep)-poor" and was equally critical of his route-running and all-around play.

He was particularly apologetic for his failure to run full speed on a post pattern after initially believing quarterback Jon Kitna was going to throw to slot receiver Eddie Drummond. As it turned out, Kitna threw the post route but -- because Williams had slowed down -- the ball was overthrown and fell harmlessly to the turf.

Coach Rod Marinelli pointed out the team's shortcomings in the first meeting of the week.

"Coach Marinelli came in today and set the tempo," Williams said. "He let us know by the tone of his voice what was going on. I think guys were attentive and they understand.

"Marinelli pounded for about a minute and 12 seconds, and then said forget about it. He let us know." Williams said he expects improvement when the Lions get to Soldier Field on Sunday.

"Good things are going to happen, that's all I can say," he said. "Beginning on Sunday. I promise you.

"We're really close. We watched film (of the Seattle game) and it was stupid how close we were to putting 40 points on the board. It's ridiculous."


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