Sunday, September 23, 2007

Same Old Detroit Lions? This Week At Least

After starting the season 2-0, and showing confidence not seen in years, the Detroit Lions took a gigantic step backwards on Sunday. The score is 35-7 and there is still 11:30 to go in the first half. No, that is not a typo. The Philadelphia Eagles have scored a touchdown on every possession (including twice on one-play drives with two long passes to Kevin Curtis) and have 317 yards in just over one quarter of action. The Detroit Lions offense is not much better, scoring on one touchdown drive, and going 3 and out with lots of sacks in between. It's been about as big of a disaster as one could imagine, and there's still 10:00 to go in the half now.

The only good news is Kevin Jones, returning from a Lisfranc injury, looks good in limited action, and has the Lions only touchdown. Otherwise, quarterback Jon Kitna has been sacked four times already, and now, Calvin Johnson just made an incredible catch, but was very very slow to get up, and it doesn't look good. So even when things go well today, it leads to something bad.

The Lions wanted to convince the world they were not the same team they were the last time they were 2-0, when they were blown out at home by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third game of the season and finished the year 6-10. The only thing that looks different today though is the stadium where the Eagles blowout is taking place.

The only thing to hope for now is that Calvin Johnson's injury is not too serious, and that the Lions are able to at least make the game close and not lose all of the confidence they had coming into this game. Because it is just one game.

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