Funny that the Lions are heading to Chicago on Sunday. The Bears' defensive line coach is Rod Marinelli, the Lions' head coach as they suffered the NFL's first 0-16 season last year.
For the first time since Marinelli's men beat Kansas City in December 2007, the Lions are coming off a victory. They snapped their 19-game losing streak, tied for the second-worst in NFL history, by beating the Redskins 19-14.
Now the Lions actually have some confidence, and though they still have a long way to go, they're eager to take the next step.
"Hopefully we won't have the mentality like, 'Oh, whew. We just got the monkey off our back. Now we're good for the rest of the year,' " linebacker Julian Peterson said. "Go ahead and celebrate for today. Take what we did right, stuff that we did wrong, improve on that and continue to get some more wins."
Oh, the Lions celebrated Sunday. In the locker room after the game, linebacker Larry Foote doused rookie coach Jim Schwartz with a bottle of water.
"He said, 'Didn't you expect to win?' " Foote said. "I said, 'Yeah, baby. But it's your first W.' "
No bucket of Gatorade?
"I seen his white shirt, and I figured he might want to save that one," Foote said. "So I grabbed the water instead of the Gatorade."
After the team prayer, Schwartz sent the players back onto the field to celebrate with the fans who remained in the stands. Some players had never experienced an NFL victory before.
"Oh, my God," said right tackle Gosder Cherilus, a first-round pick in 2008. "It feels great. It's beautiful. ... I've never cracked a smile after a game. My teeth are hurting right now. I'm smiling way too much."
But the Lions know they need to take the next step, and their next game is against the Bears.
"When players were celebrating, I said, 'Hey, love you're celebrating; we've got to expect to win,' " Schwartz said. "That's where we need to get to as a franchise, where we need to get to as a team, a coaching staff, everything. We need to go out expecting to win, not hoping to win."
LINEUP WATCH: Will James replaced Phillip Buchanon as a starting cornerback against the Redskins. Schwartz said James had a good week of practice. What he didn't say is that Buchanon is in the doghouse. Buchanon surprised the coaches by not being able to play in the opener at New Orleans, then struggled in Week 2 against Minnesota. Manny Ramirez also started at left guard for the second straight week, with Daniel Loper, the opening day starter, inactive.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Interceptions for rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford against the Redskins, after he threw five in his first two NFL games. Stafford didn't avoid a pick because he was timid, either. He kept slinging the ball downfield and went 21-for-36 for 241 yards and a touchdown. He said he and Schwartz ended up in an elevator together at the team hotel Saturday night, and Schwartz told him to stay aggressive.
- RB Kevin Smith left Sunday's game with a shoulder injury after rushing for 101 yards on 16 carries. Coach Jim Schwartz said the Lions needed to run tests to determine the extent of the injury.
- WR Derrick Williams, a third-round pick this year, was active for the first time this season Sunday. He played a few snaps on offense but didn't have a pass targeted for him.
- WR Bryant Johnson was a big factor Sunday. He caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown and was targeted 11 times, after he caught no passes and was targeted only once last week.
- S Ko Simpson intercepted a pass in the third quarter Sunday on the first snap after he replaced Marquand Manuel, who left with an ankle injury.
- DT Sammie Hill left with a left ankle injury in the first quarter but returned.