By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (2-14) At DETROIT (10-7)
Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE -- Lions by 10
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- St. Louis 3-12-1; Detroit 7-8-2
SERIES RECORD -- Rams lead 42-39-1
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES
Jeff Fisher makes Rams coaching debut against one of his protégés, Detroit's Jim Schwartz, a Titans assistant from 1999-2000 and Fisher's defensive coordinator from2001-08. ... Fisher trying to do what Schwartz seems to have done. Rams 15-65 past five years, giving them lowest winning percentage (.188) over five-season span since 1970 merger. Lions had third- and fifth-lowest rates of success from 2005-09 and 2006-10, according to STATS LLC before winning 10 games last season and making playoffs last year in Schwartz's third season. ... Detroit QB Matthew Stafford and St. Louis QB Sam Bradford were No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and hope to stay healthy after being hit with injuries early in careers. ... Rams RB Steven Jackson has run for franchise-best 9,093 yards and has averaged NFL-best 114.7 yards from scrimmage since 2006 among players with at least 60 games. ... Detroit scored franchise-record 474 points last season, averaging nearly 30 ppg, with Stafford and All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson leading pass-heavy offense. ... Johnson, Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Lance Alworth are only players in NFL history with at least 12 TD receptions in three of first five seasons. ... St. Louis made splash in free agency, giving former Titans CB Cortland Finnegan $50 million, five-year contract. ... Lions DE Cliff Avril one of six players in league history with at least 10 sacks along with TDs off a fumble and interceptions in a season. ... Detroit K Jason Hanson has NFL-record 2,016 points with one team. ... Rams LB James Laurinaitis led team in tackles for third straight year last season.
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