I remember that game against the Lions. They thrashed us good. But we learned our lesson. Run and Shoot teams with multi-WR sets scorched us all year. Detroit was simply one of them. We didn't have the CB's to cover all they're WR's and they went up and down the field on us.
They took us out of our gameplan ... to control the clock with a solid running game.
We squeaked by the Bearss the prior week with a stingie D and a strong running game. The Lions weren't interested in running ... but when they did, Barry Sanders killed us.
But the following year, we brought in the tools to take the next step ... and throttled the same Lions. We had the CB's to cover the air assault as well as the DL depth to control Barry Sanders.
Things worked out for the better ... the Lions game taught us alot, and we learned from our weaknesses.