Act like you've been there before, even if you haven't. That was the theme after the Lions snapped their 19-game losing streak, tied for second-worst in NFL history, with a 19-14 victory over Washington.
Coach Jim Schwartz allowed some celebration. He sent the players back onto the field to thank the fans who remained after the game. But he didn't want anyone to get carried away, starting with himself. He didn't indulge in any adult beverages after the game.
"I didn't have one drop," Schwartz said. "I couldn't. I was doing NBC last night. I think there's been some tragic events when people have had a few before they've gone on. I think I've learned from some of the people who have gone before me on that."
Schwartz had to remain under control to remain consistent with his message.
"We've got to get to the point where we expect to win, when winning doesn't involve ticker-tape parades and popping champagne unless it's at the end of the season," Schwartz said.
"I know this was a big game. This was a significant win in this organization, for this franchise, for the players. It was my first win. But I think the important part of that was just putting it behind us."
The Lions play Sunday at Chicago.
"Now the players can worry about doing their jobs and playing, and we can worry about the Chicago Bears this week rather than worrying about the Bears and all the baggage from the last couple years.
"It's hard for me to have that kind of message to the team and then be running around like a fool after the game when we're 1-2."
Right guard Stephen Peterman wasn't surprised that he cried after Sunday's game. Peterman said he cried during Sunday's game, to the surprise of center Dominic Raiola. "I cry all the time," Peterman said. "I cry at the national anthem. I was crying when we scored that last touchdown, before the play. Dom's like, 'What's wrong?' I'm like, 'I don't know, man.' "
Asked jokingly if he was about to cry again, Peterman said: "I just get emotional, man. That's how I play the game. I've always been that way. I've been in that way in college. Maybe that's why I'm still here."
The Lions outrushed the Redskins in the first half, 116-0, and overall, 154-65. They went 10-for-18 on third down and limited the Redskins to 2-for-10.
But Schwartz said the Lions could have intercepted two passes and returned them for touchdowns, and he pointed out that the Lions started a drive at the Washington 46 after an interception and went three-and-out. "The game shouldn't have been that close," Schwartz said. "We should have had guys on the sideline with hats on enjoying the end of the game rather than battling at the end of the game. We had a lot of missed opportunities. ... Our expectations need to be higher. We shouldn't be content with a win. There are other things we can improve on."
RB Kevin Smith suffered knee and shoulder injuries Sunday against Washington. The knee injury didn't knock him out of the game, but the shoulder injury did. He hopes to play Sunday at Chicago.
S Marquand Manuel returned to Sunday's game after suffering an undisclosed injury. Coach Jim Schwartz said he was fine.
CB Will Allen started Sunday instead of Phillip Buchanon, and Schwartz said he was pleased with his performance.
LG Manny Ramirez started with Daniel Loper inactive for the second straight game. Schwartz said he was pleased with Ramirez, though Loper has been battling some minor injuries.
- RB Aaron Brown has been averaging 16.75 yards on kickoff returns over the past two games, after busting an 87-yard return in his NFL debut. Schwartz wants more production but likely will keep Brown on returns for now.