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2 Questions: Stay classy San Diego
By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
September 25, 2007

Michael Silver
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Marty Schottenheimer is an optimist by nature, a man who largely has relied on the power of positive thinking in winning 200 regular-season games over 21 seasons. So it's not surprising that, as miserably as the team he coached to a 14-2 record in 2006 has looked thus far under his successor Norv Turner, Schottenheimer isn't giving up on the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

"I really think that they'll be OK," Schottenheimer said Tuesday from his home in Charlotte, N.C. "It's a good football team, and they've only played three games. The margin between winning and losing is so small; that's what makes the NFL so great. It's a long season, and I really do think they'll get it together."

I think Marty was holding laughter inside as he said this, mindful that the man who fired him, general manager A.J. Smith, is getting his comeuppance on a weekly basis. But if Schottenheimer truly is sincere in this belief, then like fictional San Diego newscaster Ron Burgundy, I must humbly suggest that we agree to disagree.

Right now, they're atrocious.

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After watching the Chargers lose to the Packers I was prepared to drop them all the way to the bottom of this week's rankings – until I caught wind of the Saints on Monday night. Then we learned about Deuce McAllister's torn ACL in his good knee, and football in New Orleans officially become dismal.

"It's tough," said McAllister, who fought back so valiantly after suffering the same injury less than two years ago. "That's the most disappointing part of it, to know how hard it was to get back and that you have to go through it again."

The Saints get a bye this week and, unless something drastic happens, a bye-bye for the rest of '07.

1. New England Patriots: They seem angry, don't they?

2. Indianapolis Colts: Has anyone stopped to notice that the AFC South is no joke?

3. Dallas Cowboys: How many square feet will Tony Romo's Las Colinas mansion be?

4. Pittsburgh Steelers: What's not to like?

5. Tennessee Titans: I'll bet you didn't think they knew how to rock and roll, did you?

6. Baltimore Ravens: Is Kyle Boller becoming Kyle Baller?

7. Chicago Bears: Yo, Lovie, what took you so long?

8. Denver Broncos: Doesn't this seem like a typical Denver team – just good enough to get smoked in the playoffs?

9. Seattle Seahawks: Is this why you folks overpaid for Nate Burleson, and where has he been until now?

10. Houston Texans: Can we now admit they're legit?

11. Green Bay Packers: How great was it watching Brett Favre act like a nine-year-old kid after his game-winning touchdown pass, and can he please keep it up?

12. Jacksonville Jaguars: How can a team with two ultra-exciting halfbacks be so damned boring?

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jon Gruden, why did I ever doubt you?

14. Cincinnati Bengals: Is there any way you can play some defense TODAY?

15. Washington Redskins: Who kidnapped Clinton Portis at the end of Sunday's game?

16. Arizona Cardinals: Hey, Cardinals fans – does Kurt Warner's 'package' get you aroused?

17. San Francisco 49ers: Guys, feeling a bit exposed after that trip to Steeltown?

18. New York Jets: Chad Pennington, how much do I love thee?

19. Carolina Panthers: OK, Panthers fans: Have you really thought this David Carr thing through?

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Hey haters – is Donovan's foot making you feel sore back there?

21. New York Giants: Can Plaxico Burress carry this team on his back, and how cool will that be if he does?

22. Minnesota Vikings: Why even bother trying to run against this team?

23. Detroit Lions: Who's dizzier, Jon Kitna or the Lions' defensive backs?

24. Oakland Raiders: How huge was that blocked field goal, and when did this team get some heart?

25. Kansas City Chiefs: Doesn't it look like Carl Peterson found himself one hell of a receiver (Dwayne Bowe) in the first round of last spring's draft?

26. Cleveland Browns: Will Derek Anderson be Kurt Warner or Kelly Holcomb?

27. Buffalo Bills: Can Cal and Stanford coexist in the same backfield, and will anybody notice?

28. Miami Dolphins: Hey, Cam, how many touchdowns has Ted Ginn's family scored this season?

29. St. Louis Rams: When they roll into Texas Stadium on Sunday without Steven Jackson, can we bear to watch?

30. Atlanta Falcons: Attention, ESPN programming geniuses – how about a town hall meeting to decide whether DeAngelo Hall officially has lost his mind?

31. San Diego Chargers: Hey LaDainian Tomlinson: If you and Philip Rivers were merely having a "competitive conversation" on the sidelines Sunday, is that what my wife and I were doing when I called her from a Las Vegas club late last night?

32. New Orleans Saints: Yo, Reggie, how about we just prescribe you some pain meds for the next three months?

Michael Silver covers the NFL for Yahoo! Sports. Send Michael a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
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'07 rankings: Top heavy
By Yahoo! Sports
September 25, 2007

After another dominating performance, the Patriots firmly hold on to the top position. In fact, neither writer made any changes in his top 3. However, the Week 3 results did spark a lot of movement throughout the rankings.

Find out which team made a gigantic leap to ninth place in Jason Cole's rankings and who now occupies dead last in Charles Robinson's.

TOP 12
Cole rankings
1. LW (1) New England Patriots (3-0)
2. LW (2) Indianapolis Colts (3-0)
3. LW (3) Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
4. LW (8) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
5. LW (7) Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
6. LW (9) Green Bay Packers (3-0)
7. LW (17) Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
8. LW (18) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1)
9. LW (27) Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
10. LW (5) San Diego Chargers (1-2)
11. LW (6) Chicago Bears (1-2)
12. LW (4) Denver Broncos (2-1)

Robinson rankings
1. LW (1) New England Patriots
2. LW (2) Indianapolis Colts
3. LW (3) Dallas Cowboys
4. LW (6) Pittsburgh Steelers
5. LW (8) Baltimore Ravens
6. LW (4) Chicago Bears
7. LW (11) Green Bay Packers
8. LW (15) Tennessee Titans
9. LW (5) San Diego Chargers
10. LW (19) Jacksonville Jaguars
11. LW (9) Denver Broncos
12. LW (14) Seattle Seahawks

Cole:Three consecutive weeks of scoring 38 points should be enough to prove New England is ridiculously good on offense, but enough about the team that won't lose for awhile. The really interesting debate is over the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Baltimore has shown flashes of excellence on defense but not enough offense. Pittsburgh has been consistently excellent on defense, but the Steelers haven't been tested by a great quarterback or offense yet. Big props to Dallas, but the game I can't wait to see is Oct. 14 when New England visits the Cowboys. Robinson: If anyone was questioning the legitimacy of Dallas going into last week, they shouldn't anymore. That's the best offense in the NFL, and Marion Barber is on his way to becoming a fixture as one of the league's elite running backs. Is Pittsburgh for real? The fast start is encouraging, but we may not know if the Steelers are legit until the Seattle game on Oct. 7. The Packers really have come together, but they need to get Vernand Morency healthy and ready for Chicago on Oct. 7. And although the Bears got thumped by Dallas, Brian Griese is on his way. All he has to do is not be inept, and the Bears quickly will forget the loss to the Cowboys.
MUDDLED MIDDLE
Cole rankings
13. LW (10) San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
14. LW (11) Houston Texans (2-1)
15. LW (12) Tennessee Titans (2-1)
16. LW (14) Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
17. LW (15) Cincinnati Bengals (1-2)
18. LW (16) Detroit Lions (2-1)
19. LW (19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
20. LW (20) New Orleans Saints (0-3)
21. LW (21) Carolina Panthers (2-1)
22. LW (22) New York Jets (1-2)

Robinson rankings
13. LW (13) Houston Texans
14. LW (10) Washington Redskins
15. LW (16) Carolina Panthers
16. LW (7) Cincinnati Bengals
17. LW (12) San Francisco 49ers
18. LW (21) Philadelphia Eagles
19. LW (23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
20. LW (17) Detroit Lions
21. LW (20) New York Jets
22. LW (22) Minnesota Vikings

Cole: OK, Detroit and Tampa Bay still don't quite seem to be serious, but just about every other team in this group conceivably could get into the top 12. The funny part is that the Lions and Bucs could get there pretty quickly, which is a testimony to how jumbled the entire league is at this point. Robinson: Houston hung tough with Indianapolis and looks legitimate, but the injuries are piling up. There are bound to be some lumps between now and when Andre Johnson returns. The Eagles jumped all over an overrated Detroit team, but this week's game against the Giants could be a legitimate defining moment. With a brutal schedule coming up, Philadelphia can't afford to fall to 1-3 before the bye. Tampa Bay still is hard to figure. Two wins over combined 0-6 teams isn't all that impressive. But if they can knock off Carolina on the road this week, the Bucs take the driver's seat in the NFC South.
BOTTOM OF THE PACK
Cole rankings
23. LW (13) Washington Redskins (2-1)
24. LW (31) Oakland Raiders (1-2)
25. LW (23) Buffalo Bills (0-3)
26. LW (30) Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
27. LW (24) Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
28. LW (25) Cleveland Browns (1-2)
29. LW (26) New York Giants (1-2)
30. LW (28) Miami Dolphins (0-3)
31. LW (29) St. Louis Rams (0-3)
32. LW (32) Atlanta Falcons (0-3)

Robinson rankings
23. LW (27) New York Giants
24. LW (18) New Orleans Saints
25. LW (24) Arizona Cardinals
26. LW (25) Cleveland Browns
27. LW (26) Miami Dolphins
28. LW (30) Kansas City Chiefs
29. LW (31) Oakland Raiders
30. LW (28) St. Louis Rams
31. LW (32) Atlanta Falcons
32. LW (29) Buffalo Bills

Cole: Man, do I really have the Raiders at No. 24? Is there something wrong with me? What's going to happen when I don't get all that hate mail I've grown to adore from Oakland fans (by the way, try something different than "Raider Hater." It's getting old). OK, the Raiders are looking fairly reasonable, but keep the expectations under control. As for the Falcons, now they have another star player (DeAngelo Hall) acting like an idiot. It just gets better and better for Bobby Petrino. Robinson: Only Buffalo is keeping New Orleans from having the worst defense in the league. The early bye might be a blessing for the Saints. Clearly some major adjustments are needed. But with Carolina and Seattle coming up, 0-5 seems like a very real possibility. Oakland's icing of Cleveland's potential game-winning field goal is karma, and proof that there needs to be a rule about taking timeouts milliseconds before a field goal attempt ensues. With J.P. Losman out for at least a few weeks, the Bills have fallen into total chaos. The schedule looks pretty unforgiving. The only winnable game might be against Cleveland in December.
 09-30-2007, 03:34 PM         #223
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i cant wait till we play yall ..OOOOOOOOOO damn i cant wait
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Detroit 37, Chicago 27
Preview - Box Score - Recap

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
September 30, 2007

Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna throws against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of a NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. Detroit won 37-27.
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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions turned a here-we-go-again loss into a new-look win.

The Lions scored an NFL-record 34 points in the fourth quarter as they overcame the Chicago Bears 37-27 Sunday. Jon Kitna threw two touchdown passes in the final quarter as the Lions broke the previous record by three points.

Detroit and Chicago combined for 48 points in the fourth, also a league record.

Brian Griese, who had three interceptions as a starter in place of Rex Grossman, threw a 1-yard pass to Desmond Clark on a fourth down with 52 seconds left to pull the Bears within three.

However, the onside kick bounced to Detroit's Casey FitzSimmons and he returned it for a TD to seal the victory.

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It was the kind of game Detroit used to lose as the league's laughingstock, but these might not be the same-old Lions, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2004.

The Bears, meanwhile, are not off to a great start as defending NFC champions, falling to 1-3. Chicago can only hope the slow start turns into a good season, as it did in 2005 when it lost three of the first four games and bounced back to finish 11-5.

At quarterback, though, it might be time for Plan C.

Griese was 34-of-52 for 286 yards with two TDs and three interceptions. He wasn't bad enough, however, to allow the Lions to blow out the Bears.

Robbie Gould made field goals on consecutive drives late in the third quarter to put Chicago ahead 13-3.

Then, Detroit's offense suddenly came to life and Kitna connected with Shaun McDonald for a 4-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Lions went ahead when Griese threw a pass directly at cornerback Keith Smith and he returned it 64 yards for a 17-13 lead.

Detroit Lions wide receive Shaun McDonald (84) scores on a 4-yard pass, trailed by Chicago Bears' Trumaine McBride (26) and Brandon McGowan, in the fourth quarter of a football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007 in Detroit. The Lions beat the Bears, 37-27.
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Devin Hester quieted the crowd by returning the ensuing kick 97 yards, his seventh kick or punt return for a score in one-plus seasons, but the Bears couldn't hold onto the lead.

Kitna threw a 15-yard pass to Troy Walters, whose foot-dragging score needed a video review, and Kevin Jones capped a drive that lasted longer than 5 minutes with a short TD run to put Detroit ahead 30-20 with 3:34 left.

Kitna finished 20 of 24 for 247 yards with two scores, a fumble and no interceptions.

Both teams struggle to run the ball -- no one had more than 50 yards rushing in the game -- and that was more problematic for Chicago because Griese was unreliable in a pass-happy offense.

Chicago decided to bench Grossman, a 2003 first-round pick, a once-popular decision in the Windy City that might now be second-guessed.

The Bears were without four starters on defense, including most of their secondary, but Detroit didn't take advantage of that until it scored three TDs in the final quarter.

Griese's production was poor from the start, but Bernard Berrian did not help him out by dropping passes on two of the first three drives that would've converted third downs.

That first drop forced Chicago to attempt a 52-yard field goal, which was blocked by Shaun Rogers, giving him an NFL-high 11th blocked kick since 1991.

Detroit seemed to catch a break when it scored early in the first quarter because the officials ruled Kitna was in the grasp of Tommie Harris on a third-down sack. That call allowed Jason Hanson to kick a 49-yarder, giving Detroit a 3-0 lead.

The Bears went ahead 7-3 late in the second quarter when they picked up a blitz, and Griese connected with Muhsin Muhammad for a 15-yard TD.

Chicago then failed to add to its cushion when Griese floated a pass behind Berrian, allowing Fernando Bryant to intercept at the 1 in the final minute of the first half.

Kitna fumbled on the Lions' first play of the second half, giving Chicago the ball at their 12, but Griese blew the scoring opportunity with an errant pass that was picked off.

Updated on Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 6:07 pm, EDT
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Missing WR Johnson, Lions sign Middleton, cut CB Beckham
September 30, 2007

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions signed receiver Brandon Middleton on Sunday, adding depth at receiver with rookie Calvin Johnson out against Chicago, and cut cornerback Tony Beckham.

Middleton was one of the final players to make Detroit's team heading into the season, but was later cut and put on the practice squad. Johnson did not play against the Bears after injuring his back last week.

Beckham was not in the NFL last season after playing for Tennessee in 2002-05.


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Updated on Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 1:19 pm, EDT
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Rookie Johnson could miss Sunday's game against Chicago
September 28, 2007

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DETROIT (AP) -- Lions' rookie receiver Calvin Johnson was listed as questionable for Sunday's home game against the Chicago Bears.

Johnson scored in the first two games of the season, but suffered a back injury in last week's 56-21 loss in Philadelphia. The loss dropped Detroit to 2-1.

Linebackers Anthony Cannon (quad) and Alex Lewis, and running back T.J. Duckett (ankle) are out for Sunday's game at Ford Field, Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Friday.

Guard Damien Woody (rib) and tackle Jeff Backus (rib) practiced Friday with the second team and are questionable. Defensive end Kalimba Edwards (ankle) also is questionable.


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Updated on Friday, Sep 28, 2007 10:24 pm, EDT
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Lions honor of 1957 team sparks review of lackluster half-century
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
September 28, 2007

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions plan to honor their 1957 championship-winning team at halftime of Sunday's game against Chicago.

Fans will roar, especially for Hall of Famers Joe Schmidt, Yale Lary and Lou Creekmur.

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But some at Ford Field and watching on TV might also discuss one lingering question: Why have the Lions struggled so much for so long?

Detroit has won one playoff game since winning its last title. Only the expansion Houston Texans have won fewer.

The a.ssociated Press interviewed a handful of Lions players from different eras, attempting to analyze why Michigan's most popular team hasn't had more success over the last half-century.

"I think the No. 1 reason is poor draft choices, and I'm not just talking about the guys that didn't work out recently," said Schmidt, a star linebacker who went on to be Detroit's coach from 1967-72. "It's not an exact science and there's some luck involved, but the Lions just haven't added enough players with the right combination of talent, character and passion over the years."

Team president Matt Millen has been criticized for his first-round busts -- Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams -- that played a part in Millen's teams going an NFL-worst 26-73 since 2001.

But despite Detroit's 9-7 record the season before Millen arrived, he didn't exactly inherit a franchise set up for success.

Detroit's previous top executive, Chuck Schmidt, missed on five straight No. 1 picks: Bryant Westbrook, Terry Fair, Chris Claiborne, Aaron Gibson and Stockar McDougle. If some of those picks had panned out, it might've helped the Lions avoid one of the worst stretches in NFL history.

Harrington, who might lose a starting job for the third straight year with a third different team, was just the latest player Detroit drafted desperately hoping he would be a franchise quarterback.

During the past 50 years, the Lions have drafted at least one QB in the first-round in each decade other than the 1970s.

Not coincidentally, Detroit has the same number of playoff wins as Pro Bowl QBs since 1957.

One: Greg Landry -- 35 years ago.

"The thing I'll say in the organization's defense is, the Lions have not been bad for 50 years," Landry said. "But beyond that, the organization has not been able to make the proper moves to sustain the brief spikes in success that it has had each decade.

"We've had great players, Barry Sanders being the most recent, and it's too bad they were not surrounded with the player they needed to have success in the playoffs."

Before Millen and Schmidt ran the Lions, Russ Thomas was in charge from 1967-1990 and for many years people wondered why team owner William Clay Ford didn't fire him.

Ford, who took over as sole owner in 1964, has been the one constant for most of the lackluster half-century.

Nobody interviewed blamed Ford for the franchise's shortcomings, but ultimately he has hired -- or didn't fire -- the executives and coaches who drafted, acquired and developed the players.

"I don't care what era you're talking about over the last 50 years, we have not figured out the pieces we needed until it was too late," said Charlie Sanders, who played tight end for the Lions from 1968-77 and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. "Also, we would hire a new coach who didn't agree with the vision of the previous coach and that would lead to another step back.

"The years with Barry, we had our best opportunity to do something, and we wasted it."

Sanders graced the Lions with his talents from 1989-98, and one of the NFL's all-time greats helped them rout Dallas 38-6 on Jan. 5, 1992.

Erik Kramer didn't realize that was Detroit's only win in the playoffs since its last championship.

"Wow. That's amazing and not in a good way," Kramer said. "It's really been an unfortunate run."

Jason Hanson agreed.

"It's sad for those of us that have a real attachment to the organization," said Detroit's kicker, playing in his franchise-record 16th season. "But for a lot of new guys, they don't care and that's probably a good thing.

"They're all about this year and getting something good going. There is a dynamic to this team that has been missing -- the intangible of chemistry. But it's early and it doesn't matter what people say. It's about what we do, and until we're in the hunt and it's past midseason, I don't really think we have much to talk about."


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Updated on Friday, Sep 28, 2007 5:32 am, EDT
 10-01-2007, 07:49 AM         #228
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Not coincidentally, Detroit has the same number of playoff wins as Pro Bowl QBs since 1957.


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I'd like to say fu*k the haters

If you look to see who started this topic I am a Lions fan through the good and bad

which also reminds me to say fu*k the bandwagon jumpers or fair weathered fans

There's A LOT of you so don't act innocent

Lions scoring 34 points in the closing quarter = impressive, any way you cut it
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we gona bring the paaiiiinnnnnn

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^^^^^we will see...i mean its gonna be a good game but i see the lions above the cheeseheads
 10-05-2007, 09:21 AM         #232
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ay I haven't been on boxden in a while so I had to come check out what people been sayin about the lions.. I read the first couple pages of this here thread and EVERYBODY thought they would suck again. not a few people EVERYBODY. so all you f*g**ts can suck a fat d*ck, no homo, look whos on top of the NFC North. I didn't expect sh*t to go down this way but thats what happens when you have the most brilliant offensive mind in football as your offensive coordinator. so whoever said they should delete the lions from sports or madden, now what? they probably beat your team. Lions bi*ch.
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RB Brian Calhoun placed on IR; RB Aveion Cason re-signed
October 4, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions on Thursday placed running back Brian Calhoun on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury and re-signed running back Aveion Cason.

Cason played six games with Detroit last season, starting the final two. He spent the 2007 preseason with the Lions, was released Sept. 1 and re-signed Sept. 11. Cason saw limited action in Detroit's home opener against Minnesota, but was inactive at Philadelphia. He was released Sept. 25.
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Redskins' CBs face tall order in stopping Lions' potent passing attack
By JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer
October 4, 2007

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- To demonstrate how to frustrate a tall receiver, Washington Redskins safety Pierson Prioleau stretched both arms high above his head.

"When they go up and get the ball up high, they've always got to come back down," said Prioleau, bringing his hands down in front of his chest. "And this is one of the techniques that's been used throughout the years. If you play low, then on the way down, come up through their body and through their arms, a lot of times you do get the ball out."

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The Redskins secondary faces multiple challenges Sunday against the high-octane Detroit Lions (3-1), who lead the NFL in yards passing.

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz, creator of the "Greatest Show on Turf" with the St. Louis Rams, attacks the entire field. Three players already have 20 catches or more -- no other NFL team can say that. Jon Kitna has completed 71 percent of his passes. The Lions set an NFL record last week with 34 fourth-quarter points against Chicago.

And if No. 2 overall draft pick Calvin Johnson returns from a back injury, the Lions will be trotting out a 6-foot-5 receiver (Johnson) and a 6-foot-3 wideout (Roy Williams) against a Redskins secondary that doesn't have a cornerback listed above 6 feet. The only safety taller than that is 6-foot-2 Sean Taylor.

"You've just got to look forward to it and be up to the challenge," cornerback Shawn Springs said. "As a corner, you invite that challenge."

The game will be the biggest test to date of the upgrades the Redskins made in the offseason. Washington was the worst team in the NFL in giving up big plays last year -- 55 completions of 20 yards or more -- so they added cornerbacks Fred Smoot and David Macklin and drafted safety LaRon Landry in the first round.

After three games this season, the Redskins (2-1) have allowed only seven 20-plus catches, even though Smoot has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Smoot practiced Wednesday and appears set to return Sunday, although it's an open question whether he can last the entire game.

"We've got to have all our troops for this one," Smoot said. "It's going to be a shootout."

Cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, a former Pro Bowl cornerback himself, said this is the type of matchup his players should live for.

"Good DBs want that," Gray said. "They don't want to have to always come up and make tackles and stuff like that. If you're a complete player, you'll love when they're throwing the ball. ... I love offenses like this. It gives you a chance to say, 'Hey, my best guys are going against your best guys."'

Gray said his players can make the height issue irrelevant if they jam the receivers effectively at the line of scrimmage.

"My deal is, if you don't let him get off the jam, then the quarterback doesn't throw his way," Gray said. "You've got to keep pounding them, keep hitting them. You've got to make it a physical ball game."

The Redskins also will want to keep the pressure on Kitna, who has already been sacked 18 times. a.ssistant coach Gregg Williams will have to strike a balance between blitzing -- with the risk of getting burned -- and trusting his defensive backs to hold the fort.

"Their quarterback has taken a lot of hits," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "The thing about it is they don't seem to really care about that. They just want the ball back so they can score again, just like the Rams did."

The Redskins' defensive backs will earn their money in October. Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are next on the schedule, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots pop up two weeks later.

"You can't say we'd like a running team," Rogers said. "Because at times for a corner you get bored out there. This game, we'll have a lot of action. It'll show what we're made of."

Notes

RB Clinton Portis was limited in practice Wednesday with a mildly sprained and bruised knee. Coach Joe Gibbs said he misspoke Monday when he said Portis was having a recurrence of the tendinitis that sidelined him for most of training camp. "I think Clinton will be fine," Gibbs said. ... Of greater concern is WR Santana Moss, who remains unable to practice because of a groin injury. Asked about his chances for Sunday, Moss said: "You won't know until I know." ... WR Brandon Lloyd got kicked in the shin during practice. X-rays showed nothing of concern. ... S Taylor was limited with a bruised knee.


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 9 years ago '04        #235
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read this hater a.ss reporter

The Lions should enjoy this; it won't last
By Clifton Brown - SportingNews

Clifton Brown
SportingNews.com

This had to be said quickly, because it won't last. The usually laughable Lions have a winning record.

You know the Detroit Lions, dependable doormats. The team that always plays on Thanksgiving and usually plays like turkeys. Authors of six consecutive losing seasons, a franchise without a playoff win since 1991, with just one playoff win since 1957.

Well, the Lions are 3-1. Is the world flat? Is it snowing in Vegas? After the Eagles embarrassed the Lions in Week 3, scoring 56 points against Detroit, we figured things were back to normal. The Lions would surely go back to being pus*ycats.

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Then a funny thing happened Sunday, though it wasn't very funny to the Chicago Bears. The Lions scored an NFL-record 34 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Bears, 37-27. Detroit is usually the team that sets negative records, not positive ones. Just like that, the Bears (1-3) have the kind of record Detroit usually has, while the Lions are off to their best start since 2004.

I would love to see the good times in Detroit last. Really, I would. I lived in Motown for five years, and I have sympathy for their many fans who have remained loyal, suffering through so many losing seasons. It would be a great story to see the Lions make a playoff run, to change the fortunes of a franchise that seems jinxed.

One day, it will happen in Detroit. But I can't see it happening this season. Give the Lions credit for winning at Oakland, and for winning at home against both Minnesota and the Bears. Respect their passing game, led by Jon Kitna, and their quality receivers like Roy Williams, Mike Furrey, Shaun McDonald, and rookie Calvin Johnson.

The Lions have one of the best passing attacks in football, and that is the main reason for their 3-1 start. But they are too weak defensively for the winning to continue. Their defense, ranked 29th in the NFL overall, tied for 30th in passing defense.

They have benefited from playing against quarterbacks like Brian Griese of Chicago, Tarvaris Jackson of Minnesota, and Josh McCown of the Raiders, all of whom committed crucial turnovers that aided Detroit's victories. But there was a reason the Lions surrendered 56 points to the Eagles, a team that has struggled to score against every other opponent. Maybe the Lions were thrown off a little by the Eagles' hideous throwback uniforms, but experienced Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb exposed Detroit the way Oakland, Minnesota, and Chicago could not.

Look at the Lions' schedule, starting with Sunday's game at Washington. The Lions have NEVER won a road game at Washington, a streak that spans 20 consecutive games, dating back to 1939. Lions coach Rod Marinelli has already said those numbers don't matter, and I agree with Marinelli that the Lions have a legitimate shot to beat the Redskins.

It's what happens after the Washington game that should concern Lions fans. They have a bye in Week 6, so they won't lose that Sunday. But then the Lions are home against Tampa Bay, at Chicago, at home against Denver, at Arizona, and at home against the Giants and Green Bay. I don't like the Lions in any of those games.

They also have December games against Dallas, San Diego, Kansas City, and Green Bay. I don't like the Lions in any of those games, either. It is hard for me to envision the Lions finishing better than 6-10, despite their three wins already.

People in Detroit don't want to hear that. They want to enjoy the good start, and they should. Marinelli and the players should use skeptics like me to motivate them, and by starting 3-1, they have gotten the league's attention.

But I cringe envisioning what quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Tony Romo will do to the Lions' defense. I remember when the Lions were 3-1 in 2004 and finished 6-10. One day everything will click for the Lions, and they will have a winning record and even make the playoffs. It just won't happen this year.


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 9 years ago '04        #236
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32 Questions: Revisionist history
By Michael Silver, Yahoo! Sports
October 3, 2007

Michael Silver
Yahoo! Sports
The Cardinals came through Sunday with one of their biggest victories since the Rod Tidwell-fueled triumph over the Cowboys in "Jerry Maguire," defeating the previously undefeated Steelers, 21-14, in front of 64,844 titillated fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Yet on Monday, all anyone in the Valley of the Sun wanted to talk about was Matt Leinart and his loose lips.

Leinart, frustrated by coach Ken Whisenhunt's quarterback-swapping sensibilities, expressed his unhappiness to me late Sunday in a Scottsdale, Ariz., steakhouse. He has since said that he doesn't remember "ever saying any of those things to anyone."

How is this possible? The explanation, I believe, lies in these comments from backup quarterback Kurt Warner, who rooms with Leinart at the team hotel the night before games.

"Matt talks in his sleep," Warner said Sunday as he mingled at the post-game barbecue in the players' parking lot. "Last night he was talking about plays, saying, 'I don't like that one; you should run this.' From what he tells me, he's always been that way. Supposedly you can talk back to him while he's sleeping and he'll have a conversation with you."

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Controversy resolved.

Now, before we go top to bottom with this week's questions, let's give a wake-up call to the aghast Cardinals fans who can't believe Leinart had the gall to exercise his free-speech rights:

Listen up, desert-dwellers: This musical-quarterbacks thing is unconventional, and if you think the guy who starts the game and gets yanked is going to be gung-ho about it, you've had too many cactus coolers. Because, trust me, the last thing you want is a future franchise quarterback who'd take this in stride.

Leinart is going to be a great player for a long, long time. He'll get through this, but in the meantime, stop playing quote police and start appreciating the fact that your team, for once, enters October with a pulse, not to mention an unlikely spot in the top 10.

1. New England Patriots: Given his dogged pursuit of Randy Moss last spring, should Tom Brady be considered for Executive of the Year?

2. Indianapolis Colts: Even after winning it all, would Tony Dungy still like to stick it to the Glazers this Sunday or is he too nice a guy to think that way?

3. Dallas Cowboys: With the possible exception of the Packers, is any NFL team having more fun?

4. Tennessee Titans: Right now, is there anyone you'd rather have in your linebacking corps than Keith Bulluck?

5. Seattle Seahawks: Is there any reason not to throw to Deion Branch at least 10 times every single game?

6. Pittsburgh Steelers: He lost his first game as a head coach, but how cool did Mike Tomlin look wearing those shades indoors on Sunday?

7. Green Bay Packers: Is Brett Favre really going to keep this up all season, and if so, should I invest in a new parka?

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Why do I get the counterintuitive feeling that this team will keep rolling without its Cadillac?

9. Arizona Cardinals: Have there been many bigger plays in recent franchise history than star safety Adrian Wilson's tremendous end zone interception of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday?

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Can someone send Khalif Barnes a 'Dude, Where's My Car?' T-shirt?

11. Denver Broncos: Have Jay Cutler's parents patched things up yet?

12. Washington Redskins: Am I the only one who thinks the signing of Keenan McCardell was a brilliant move?

13. Baltimore Ravens: Where is Terrell Suggs and is he planning on playing this season?

14. Houston Texans: Was that really Andre Davis making all those plays and can he please keep it up?

15. Detroit Lions: You've been planning this all along, haven't you, Matt Millen?

16. New York Giants: After Sunday night, shouldn't Osi Umenyiora be the defensive end to "contemplate retirement?"

17. Oakland Raiders: Don't you think Huggy Bear's son earned himself a mink coat on Sunday?

18. Kansas City Chiefs: Is it just me, or is Derrick Johnson starting to remind you of another Chiefs linebacker with the same first name?

19. Cleveland Browns: He has gotten a lot of grief during his career, but after Sunday, can anyone question Kellen Winslow's toughness?

20. Chicago Bears: Hey, Lovie: Have you thought of going single-wing and playing Devin Hester at quarterback?

21. Cincinnati Bengals: If these guys aren't scared of the cops, will they really be intimidated by a Marvin Lewis tantrum?

22. New York Jets: How long until a season-ticket holder files a class-action suit against the Jets' secondary?

23. Carolina Panthers: If Kris Jenkins says this team has no heart, who am I to argue?

24. San Francisco 49ers: Would you believe there are some Californians who wish Norv Turner would get the hell back to town?

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Who got lit up worse in Jersey: Winston Justice or Bobby Baccalieri Jr?

26. Buffalo Bills: How many people outside of western New York realize that Aaron Schobel is one of the league's best defensive players?

27. Minnesota Vikings: How can we trust Brad Childress's judgment about who to start at quarterback when he won't even start Adrian Peterson at halfback?

28. Atlanta Falcons: When did Michael Boley turn into Lance Briggs?

29. New Orleans Saints: If they can't beat David Carr this Sunday, who can they beat?

30. Miami Dolphins: When a South Florida resident with car trouble hears the word "camshaft," does he or she immediately start thinking of owner Wayne Huizenga?

31. St. Louis Rams: In Gus we trust?

32. San Diego Chargers: Hey, Mr. Spanos is there any way you can get that Pete Carroll deal done before Nov. 10?

Michael Silver covers the NFL for Yahoo! Sports. Send Michael a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
 10-21-2007, 04:19 PM         #237
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now who wanna say the lions the laughin stock of the league??? we handin out L's all we needa do is get some DB's
 9 years ago '04        #238
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yeah boiiiiiiiiiiii
 10-27-2007, 08:57 PM         #239
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lions by 10 against the bears this weekend
 10-28-2007, 08:11 PM         #240
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^^^ we won by 9 so u were close
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