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St. Louis Rams 2005 News and Notes
DETROIT -- Marc Bulger threw accurate passes, receivers made catches in open space and Steven Jackson ran over and around defenders.
The St. Louis Rams sometimes resembled the team that won the 2000 Super Bowl, and the Detroit Lions looked like the league's worst franchise since 2001.
Bulger accounted for two touchdowns, Isaac Bruce had 85 yards receiving and a score and Jackson rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown to lead St. Louis to a 37-13 exhibition victory over Detroit last night.
"We treated this like a regular-season game," Bulger said. "Whether they did or not, who knows?"
The Lions (0-3) took the game seriously, but seemed to have many of the same problems that have traditionally hurt them. Detroit has lost a league-high 48 regular-season games the past four seasons.
"There are no excuses for a game like this," Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said. "I thought we were very fired up and ready to go, but it just didn't happen on the field. It's alarming."
The showing on ABC's "Monday Night Football" was similar to the last one featuring the Lions on national television in prime time, a 35-0 setback against St. Louis on Oct. 8, 2001.
"It is tough to swallow a game like this, when we had a showcase to show how good we are," Detroit tight end Marcus Pollard said.
With crisp passing and Jackson's running, the Rams (2-1) led 21-6 at halftime.
Bulger was 11 of 14 for 167 yards, threw a touchdown pass and ran for a 7-yard score, untouched on a sneak.
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