Detroit Lions throw the kitchen sink at Rams but still come away empty

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Detroit Lions, D'Andre Swift
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Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift is the jack of all trades.

Swift kept the Detroit Lions in the game. He contributed both on the ground and in the air, totaling 144 yards and a touchdown. His consistency helped Goff stay in a rhythm, but the wheels eventually fell off the wagon. Swift can only do so much, and Goff needs to do more.

Goff played well for three quarters. He did not allow the pass rush to rattle him, making crucial plays in critical situations. He was a huge reason they trailed by only one heading into halftime. However, not the only reason.

The Detroit Lions defense rose to the occasion, almost.

The defense did not blow the game for the Detroit Lions. They deserve some praise. They held the Rams, a top-five offense in the NFL, to 28 points. The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed 34 points in their early-season matchup. That is something to be proud of.

The pass rush made Stafford uncomfortable. He still threw for over 300 yards, but they stopped them on multiple fourth downs along with breaking up potential big plays. Alex Anzalone made the biggest play of the day, preventing a first down with under two minutes to play. Unfortunately, a field goal put the game out of reach on the next play.

The defense played one of the best games of the season but failed to receive any support from the offense.