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Again, Lions Fall Apart and Rams Arrive Late

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↵Bad habits are hard to break. The Lions can't hold a lead this season. For the third straight game, Detroit jumped out to a lead. But this time, the futile Lions didn't wait a quarter or two to relinquish said lead -- the team immediately handed control back to the opponent. Detroit came out blazin' to a 17-0 lead on the strength of Daunte Culpepper's arm, Kevin Smith's legs and a long fumble recovery/return by Daniel Bullocks. That lead lasted 12 minutes. Tampa Bay stormed back with three TDs unanswered and leads 21-17 at halftime. I feel like I keep repeating myself, but: maybe next later this week, Detroit.
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↵Meanwhile, St. Louis' streak of first-half impotency is venturing into Absurd Land. Two weeks ago, the Rams trailed the Jets 40-0 at halftime. Last week, it was a 35-3 deficit to the Niners. Today? St. Louis trails 24-3 at the break. Improvement!, I guess. That's a three-week first-half margin of 99-6. Here are some guesses as to what is keeping the Rams from overcoming early suck:
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↵* Albert Pujols maintains his monopoly on all regional Wheaties.
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↵* Onion rings, battered prawns and ribs are not good pre-game snacks.
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↵* This scientific study with the Viagra isn't really helping anyone get rested Saturday night.↵

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