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 11 years ago '04        #161
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cause he proly fu*king sucked..... thats the only way u get cut on this team.... even the injury get to stay.. sad but true....
 11 years ago '04        #162
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wats up with the avy bet, n*ggas!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?
 11 years ago '04        #163
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Detroit is going down in oaktown... the place is going to be packed!!!!!! and i will be in the building like awayz.....
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Im the only lion fan dont yall get it...
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Mason lonely much?
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 LordMason DaRula said:
Im the only lion fan dont yall get it...

lol... dont worry... i will be here for you till the game.... Raiders all the way... its about to go down at Mcfee.... Raiders nation...YEEEEEEEEE
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 LordMason DaRula said:
Im the only lion fan dont yall get it...
this why i respect dude
 09-09-2007, 03:36 PM         #168
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ooooo wweee


lions got some life in em huh

can this be the year???????? can this be the year the black and blue division come back ????

i hope so man
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we got u vikes next week.. u lucky ya rookie rb doing things....

we'll see week two....

avy bet any 1??
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Ex-Lion Utley knows what lies ahead for Bills' Everett
By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer
September 10, 2007

Mike Utley didn't see the hit until the next day.

Now, he can't stop following the updates on the health of Buffalo reserve tight end Kevin Everett, who suffered a severe spinal injury that could leave him paralyzed while making a tackle against Denver on Sunday.

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Utley's concern for Everett is genuine and personal.

It's been nearly 16 years since Utley, a former Detroit Lions guard, was paralyzed after a neck injury in a Nov. 1991 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Utley was blocking on a pass play when he was hit and crumbled to the ground. As he was carted off the field, Utley gave a "thumbs up" gesture to the crowd.

"You do everything you can to prepare yourself. But this can happen," Utley said Monday from his home in Washington state. "I'm sorry to see this young man got hurt."

While Utley is paralyzed below the chest, he has regained most of the use of his hands and some voluntary movement of muscles in his lower legs and feet.

The 41-year-old Utley proudly claimed he can bench press 300 pounds. He's also 80 pounds lighter than his playing weight of 315 pounds.

"I'm diligent about taking care of myself," Utley said. "It's mandatory that I do this."

Everett's injury occurred when he ducked his head while tackling Denver's Domenik Hixon on the opening kickoff of the second half.

"It was a clean shot," Utley said. "There was nothing wrong and nothing vicious."

After his injury, Utley went to Craig Hospital in Denver, a world-class facility that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

He's hoping Everett receives first-class care as well.

"I'm sorry to be crass and blunt, but we have a young man who's a great athlete, and now we have to get him to a place where he'll have the best chance to win," Utley said. "He got to the NFL through hard work. He knows how to work hard. He's going to need that to get better. If there's a will, there's a way. If there's a way, there's a chance to win."

Utley is busy these days promoting his bike tour that takes place Sept. 29 in eastern Washington. The purpose of the ride is to raise funds to help find a cure for paralysis. Utley also has a foundation dedicated to finding a cure.

"My wife gets 100 e-mails a day on spinal cord injuries," Utley said. "We want to help. You can either sit around, feel sorry for yourself and wait for a cure, or do something about it.

"The image I want to project is I'm still an athlete. I'm still very muscular. But I have earned the right to be back this way. I condition, lift weights and eat well."

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Winners, losers and other thoughts: Week 1
By James C. Black, Yahoo! Sports
September 9, 2007

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So Bobby Petrino, are you still telling me you have no regrets?

No one could blame you when you sat at a summer news conference, surrounded by your Atlanta Falcons bosses Arthur Blank and Rich McKay, and stated, "I have absolutely no regrets about taking this job. I'm very motivated and energetic toward the challenge." Realistically, who would stand up in a moment of weakness after officially learning Joey Harrington is the starting quarterback instead of Michael Vick and say, "I want out?" But there's no way coach Petrino doesn't look at what his old team, the Louisville Cardinals, did on Thursday night or what former Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub did in his debut for the Houston Texans against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and not wonder "what if."

As the suspended Vick was likely enjoying what's left of his freedom Sunday afternoon, Harrington & Co. did what was anticipated – they struggled against the Minnesota Vikings. OK, enough with the pleasantries – they stunk up the Dome. Only consolation: It was the Metrodome and not the Georgia Dome, a place where many boo birds will be heard if the Vickless Falcons are regularly limited to a single field goal.

Meanwhile, Schaub showed he's more than a preseason darling. The one-time Falcon, traded shortly before the NFL Draft, helped continue the horrific year for Falcons fans. Schaub connected on a long touchdown pass to Andre Johnson and finished with 225 passing yards as Houston trounced the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-3.

But that's OK, Bobby. Maybe this "challenge" will lead to the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, where you can select Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm.

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Here are some other observations gleaned while channel surfing NFL Sunday Ticket during Week 1:

Biggest winners: The three franchises that realized or re-established that they have clutch kickers. Jason Elam continued to prove he's one of the best kickers of all time when he calmly hit a 42-yarder with no time left as the Denver Broncos beat the Buffalo Bills, 15-14. Conversely, the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins turned to young kickers Mason Crosby and Shaun Suisham to notch victories in the waning moments and in overtime.

Biggest losers: I could easily go with a predictable choice here: the Cleveland Browns, Rex Grossman, Harrington or J.P. Losman. Instead, I'm going to pick on a couple of guys from the "Show Me Nothing" state. So much for the Chiefs' whole Damon Huard-Brodie Croyle debate. A couple more outings like this (168 passing yards, three sacks, two interceptions) and Huard will find himself holding the clipboard. Meanwhile, the "next big thing" in fantasy football, Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams, was a Week 1 bust: 61 total yards, no touchdowns and two fumbles.

Biggest "flip flop" of the day: I was all set to bash the Oakland Raiders for starting Josh McCown over Daunte Culpepper, but then the Raiders rallied for a 21-20 lead over the Detroit Lions so I figured I would give them the benefit of the doubt for another week. After their implosion, though, I'm back to my initial thought: It's bad enough that No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell was somewhere other than suited up at RaiderNation. But Culpepper, by all accounts, performed the best among the active quarterbacks and you start McCown? Maybe, just maybe, there's a reason why the Raiders are 15-50 since getting spanked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl x*xVII.

Wishful thinking: As I watched Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio stroll the sideline wearing a suit and tie, I thought: It would be cool to see Bill Belichick ditch the hoody (or in the case of Sunday, the league-issued polo shirt) for just one week and go all Armani on folks. I know it's too much to ask, but I reserve the right to hold out hope.

Most impressive rookie debut: It's unfortunate that starter Chester Taylor had to leave the game early with a hip injury, but raise your hand if you're surprised that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has already made his presence felt. Clearly, Peterson's health is a question mark, but if he stays on the field, don't be surprised to see him put up numbers closely resembling Sunday's: 103 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards, one touchdown.

Most impressive moment: New England Patriots coaches had to be thinking "no, no" when Ellis Hobbs fielded a kickoff eight yards deep in the end zone and ran it out … until he broke a tackle near their 22-yard line and took it to the house for the longest kickoff return in NFL history.

Most impressive catch: Tennessee Titans tight end Bo Scaife's twisting catch between Rashean Mathis and Gerald Sensabaugh on the sideline in the first quarter against the Jaguars should hold up as one of the top 10 catches of the season.

Go ahead and say "I told you so": All offseason, I vehemently explained why the Patriots are not the team to beat, suggesting they would struggle establishing chemistry at wide receiver; Adalius Thomas was not a cure-all to their issues at linebacker; and injuries (Richard Seymour) and such (Rodney Harrison's suspension) will put plenty of zzzzzs in the armor. Great debut by Randy Moss, but even after beating down the Jets, I'm sticking to my stance.

Decisions that need to be re-thought: Following the Packers' first punt, new returner Greg Lewis muffed the kickoff after briefly taking his eyes off the ball. Green Bay recovered the fumble in the end zone for the game's first touchdown. In the fourth quarter, as the ball bounced with five Packers in the vicinity, Lewis decided to field the ball in an attempt to save a couple of yards. The risky move prompted an announcer to say: "Greg Lewis is doing a good job of letting everyone know he has never returned punts before." Eagles coach Andy Reid was probably thinking the same thing.

The other "Mr. Clutch": I know Adam Vinatieri is regarded as the best kicker of this era, so much so that people are already suggesting he should be the second kicker (behind Jan Stenerud) inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Given his credentials (the "Tuck Rule" game, Super Bowls x*xVI and x*xVIII), I won't dispute that, but let's not overlook Elam's accomplishments. With his frantic kick with no time remaining against the Bills on Sunday, he has delivered yet another game-winner for the Broncos. Almost as impressive, his make against the Bills kept alive his streak of never having missed three field-goal attempts in one game.

Annoying useless fact: During the Eagles-Packers game, one of the announcers made this remark regarding Green Bay rookie Mason Crosby: "He also holds the record for the longest field goal (58 yards) above sea level without a tee in NCAA history." Two words: Who cares?

Impressive yet underrated offseason signing: If the opener is any indication, the Titans made an incredibly smart move with the relatively cheap (one year, $1.8 million) re-signing of running back Chris Brown. All he did was finish with 175 yards on 19 carries while the rather thick – and far from swift – LenDale White (eight carries, 66 yards) looked like he was more interested in finding some munchies than the hole.

First bad feeling of the season: I try very hard not to overreact to anything we see in the first two weeks of a new campaign. However, with a couple more horrendous efforts from the Cleveland Browns, coach Romeo Crennel will be getting his "Butch Davis on" and be unemployed before the season ends.

James C. Black is the NFL editor for Yahoo! Sports.

Updated on Sunday, Sep 9, 2007 8:55 pm, EDT
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Detroit 36, Oakland 21
Preview - Box Score - Recap

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer
September 9, 2007

Detroit Lions defensive end Dewayne White, left, is congratulated by teammate Detroit Lions defensive tackle Langston Moore, right, after Dewayne recovered a fumble during the fourth quarter of their NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. Detroit won 36-21.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A 17-point lead quickly turned into a one-point deficit. The opposing crowd was roaring its approval. The kind of situation that would have doomed the Detroit Lions a year ago was easily overcome in the season opener.

Jon Kitna backed up his big boasts by throwing a go-ahead, 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald with 4:15 remaining, and Dewayne White caused two turnovers in the closing minutes to help the Lions spoil Lane Kiffin's coaching debut in Oakland with a 36-21 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

"I said during the offseason that how we handle adversity will be telling for this ballclub," Kitna said. "I think we're starting to turn the corner on that now. Guys are expecting to make plays now, and you saw the results."

Kitna predicted in the offseason that the Lions would end a string of six double-digit loss seasons with at least 10 wins. That was heady stuff for a team coming off a 3-13 season. But Detroit lost eight of those games by seven or fewer points, lacking a few big plays at clutch times.

Kitna and White delivered in the season opener.

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The matchup between the NFL's two worst teams from a year ago turned highly entertaining in the second half when former Lions backup quarterback Josh McCown led the Raiders on three touchdown drives to turn a 17-0 deficit into a 21-20 Oakland lead with 7:43 to go.

Kitna then completed four of five passes on the game-winning drive, capping it with his third touchdown pass of the game. Facing no pressure, Kitna moved around in the pocket until McDonald broke open in the end zone for the score. McDonald then taunted the fans in Oakland's Black Hole, celebrating the go-ahead score.

"In the fourth quarter, when it got loud, we didn't blink," Kitna said. "We kept executing and doing what we needed to do."

The Lions added to the lead when Jason Hanson kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2 minutes left after McCown was intercepted by White.

White then stripped McCown on the next play and recovered a fumble to set up a 14-yard score by Tatum Bell that iced the game. White's big plays validated the $13 million in guaranteed money the Lions gave him in the offseason to sign with Detroit.

"He's a playmaker," coach Rod Marinelli said. "He's always been that, and it's his time. He's got the keys to the car."

Kitna finished 27-for-36 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bell added 87 yards rushing on 15 carries as the Lions gained 392 yards against last year's third-ranked defense.

Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin, left, talks with Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli, right, after their NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. the Lions defeated the Raiders 36-21.
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"With that amount of points, we should be able to win football games," Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison said. "We just didn't pull it out."

Despite the loss, the Raiders showed much more offensive spunk than they did a year ago, when they managed only 12 touchdowns on offense on the way to a 2-14 season. McCown, who beat out Daunte Culpepper for the starting job, completed 30 of 40 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but also turned the ball over three times.

Ronald Curry had 10 catches for 133 yards and a 4-yard score and LaMont Jordan scored on a 12-yard run and had 159 yards of total offense. But McCown's focus is on the missed opportunities.

"It just makes me sick," McCown said. "I dwell more on the negatives right now, the turnovers and the things like that. Those are the things that I go over and over in my mind."

Kiffin, 32, became the youngest man to coach a game in the NFL since Harland Svare took over the Los Angeles Rams as a 31-year old in 1962. The Raiders fans disagreed with his decision to start McCown, booing the offense and chanting "Daunte! Daunte!" after McCown was intercepted early in the third quarter.

"Fans have the right to their opinions," Kiffin said. "After the third touchdown in a row they weren't chanting for Daunte anymore."

That first interception set up a 16-yard TD pass from Kitna to Calvin Johnson that made it 17-0. Making that score even worse was the fact that the Raiders passed on the chance to draft Johnson, picking quarterback JaMarcus Russell instead. While Russell remains unsigned in a contract dispute, Johnson had four catches for 70 yards in his debut.

"There's definitely a winning attitude here," Johnson said. "I wasn't here, but a lot of guys say it's totally different around here this year. This is a great way to come out and get started."

McCown then put it together in Oakland's best offensive stretch in years. He threw a 42-yard pass to Curry that set up Curry's touchdown. That ended a stretch of 232 minutes, 44 seconds without a touchdown for the Raiders, dating to last season.

They got into the end zone again less than 3 minutes later. Stanford Routt's interception of a pass that deflected off Roy Williams' hands set up Jordan's score that cut it to 17-14. A 7-yard pass to Justin Griffith on the next drive gave Oakland the lead, but Kitna made sure it wouldn't last.

Notes

Sebastian Janikowski missed three long field goals in the first half for Oakland, just the third in his career he missed three field goals in a game. ... Raiders C Jeremy Newberry left with a thumb injury after one series. ... Detroit RB T.J. Duckett left in the first quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.
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Contrasting views
By Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
September 9, 2007

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson pulled on a baggy red t-shirt to match his black sweat pants and his classic Michael Jordan high tops. The front of the t-shirt featured a list Air Jordan's many career accomplishments.

Asked about which version of Jordan kicks he was wearing, Johnson smiled and replied, "1985, the year I was born."

Perhaps, some day 22 years in the future, some young man will idolize Johnson and his achievements. Moreover, many of the Oakland Raiders fans who came early and left earlier might have been wondering if a 36-21 season-opening loss to the Lions might have been different had their franchise taken the talented Johnson at No. 1 overall instead of holdout quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

The game Sunday was something of a study in team building as the teams with the top two picks from the NFL draft in April clashed. Not that a four-catch, 70-yard, one-touchdown performance is anything worth projecting such greatness just yet. But in terms of putting a franchise on the road to redemption, the presence of Johnson might help the Lions update their look. Detroit could use it because the Lions haven't been any good since the Edsel came out and the players know it.

They had no problem acknowledging that past Lions teams might have folded after blowing a 17-0 second-half lead to the Raiders on Sunday.

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"That's when the old Detroit Lions would have gone in the tank," wide receiver Roy Williams said. "We didn't and the credit goes to coach (Rod) Marinelli. He has totally changed the way we think and he got the right people in here and the wrong people out."

Johnson is an example of that "right" approach. Unlike talented receivers such as Mike Williams and Charles Rogers – top 10 picks this decade by Detroit that flamed out – Johnson is a serious man.

After the game, there was little flash from Johnson. No preening or trash talking, mostly just mild dissection of the performance and lots of glib answers. At a position that tends to produce divas by the dozen, Johnson is a Garbo … and also a serious talent.

Detroit frequently went to three- and four-receiver sets, both staples of offensive coordinator Mike Martz, with Johnson playing outside and occasionally in the slot. The result was man coverage throughout the game and plenty of open receivers for quarterback Jon Kitna, who completed 27 of 36 passes for 289 yards, three scores and two interceptions.

In fact, Kitna responded immediately after the Raiders had taken the lead. Kitna completed four of five passes for 67 yards and even scrambled out of a potential sack. He also escaped pressure to set up Shaun McDonald for the go-ahead 32-yard score. After that, Oakland imploded with two turnovers that both led to scores.

A year ago, the Lions offense was in far different condition with only Roy Williams and Mike Furrey as legitimate targets. In recent weeks, Martz has even joked that last year's game plans were more a "wish" list – a list of plays he wished he could run.

Now, with Johnson in the mix, the Lions have more explosive components.

"He's going to be historic," said Williams. "You can put it down, he's going to be one of those 100-touchdown guys in this league … I told him before the game, we have to both take this one a little personally against the Raiders because in 2004, they should have taken me No. 2 and in 2007, they should have taken him No. 1."

Chatter aside, there are some things to be pleased about with the Raiders. They were, for the most part, competent on offense, lining up in the right spots and going the right direction. That may not sound like much, but compared to a year ago, the Raiders have come farther than Sean Penn since his marriage to Madonna.

More important, the Raiders may finally have a contract done with Russell by Monday. Two sources, including one from the team, indicated that Russell's deal was near completion.

While Russell doesn't figure to play much, if at all, this season, the Raiders aren't really in position to worry about this season. This is a team already in a wait-till-next decade mode.

Despite the more organized methods of coach Lane Kiffin, the Raiders just aren't that talented yet. Moreover, their biggest perceived strength from a year ago is really an illusion. The defense which so many Raiders fans believe is championship caliber, was a mirage created by how bad the offense was a year ago.

The Raiders finished No. 1 in pass defense last season, contributing to being No. 3 overall in the league. That's where stats lie. They were No.1 against the pass because opponents didn't have to throw (the Raiders had the fewest passes in the league thrown against them). Why should opponents have thrown if Oakland was no threat to score?

By contrast, the Lions have to throw. With Johnson, Williams, Furrey and McDonald at wide receiver, passing is their foundation.

"When we come out in four wides, you just look at the other side and know if you just do your job, somebody is going to be open," said Williams, who admitted that he got a reminder of that in the second half.

Williams let a catchable throw tip off his hands and get intercepted late in the third quarter. That allowed Oakland to score again and close to within 17-14.

"In this offense, you have to get your stuff together or you're not getting the ball," Williams said. "After I dropped that ball, I didn't get another ball thrown my way. I gotta get my stuff together."

From an overall perspective, the Lions seem to be getting their stuff together after years of misery. They may still be a long way from a playoff contender, but the fourth-quarter rally was certainly a change.

"Yeah, the old Lions probably would have folded that up and who knows what would have happened," said defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, who was simply a beast in the middle of the Lions defense. "Now, it's just different. It's a lot better. You feel it when you come to work."

How so?

"Well, now when I'm coming to work, I know we're preparing to win," Rogers said. "Before, we were just preparing to play."

Jason Cole is a national NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports. Send Jason a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

Updated on Sunday, Sep 9, 2007 11:33 pm, EDT
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Still top billing
By Yahoo! Sports
September 11, 2007

The Chargers opened the season with a new coach (Norv Turner) and uncharacteristic struggles on offense, yet the bottom line was similar to what occurred most of 2006 – a victory. As a result, San Diego holds onto to its preseason ranking of No. 1.

Yahoo! Sports NFL writers Jason Cole and Charles Robinson rank every team and provide some analysis. Here's how they rank the teams after Week 1.

TOP 12
Cole rankings
1. San Diego Chargers
2. New England Patriots
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Denver Broncos
6. Baltimore Ravens
7. Chicago Bears
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. New Orleans Saints
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
11. Carolina Panthers
12. Dallas Cowboys

Robinson rankings
1. San Diego Chargers
2. New England Patriots
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cincinnati Bengals
5. Dallas Cowboys
6. Chicago Bears
7. Baltimore Ravens
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. New Orleans Saints
10. Carolina Panthers
11. Seattle Seahawks
12. Denver Broncos

Cole: The AFC occupies the top six spots and easily could have Pittsburgh a little higher, but I'm going to resist the temptation to overreact to a big opening win because Cleveland really looks lost. Chicago and New Orleans, the NFC Championship game qualifiers last season, not only lost by a combined score of 55-13 against San Diego and Indianapolis respectively, but if not for a fumble recovery by Saints cornerback Jason David, they wouldn't have even had a touchdown. Robinson: The Chargers hold on to the top spot for fending off a Chicago team that looks like it's going to have a hard time against the AFC elite again. New England solidified itself as a rock solid No. 2 with an offense that could be scary good. The Colts were extremely impressive in Week 1, but we still have some doubts about the ability of that defense to hold up over the long haul. Dallas might be over-hyped at No. 5 after that defense looked awful against the Giants, but the Cowboys were missing their top corner.
MUDDLED MIDDLE
Cole rankings
13. New York Jets
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Philadelphia Eagles
16. Buffalo Bills
17. San Francisco 49ers
18. Arizona Cardinals
19. Minnesota Vikings
20. New York Giants
21. Washington Redskins
22. Miami Dolphins

Robinson rankings
13. New York Jets
14. San Francisco 49ers
15. Houston Texans
16. Tennessee Titans
17. Green Bay Packers
18. Washington Redskins
19. Philadelphia Eagles
20. Jacksonville Jaguars
21. Detriot Lions
22. Minnesota Vikings

Cole: Call it a gut feeling, but look for the Giants to waffle between the middle and bottom all season. They have enough players to make some games interesting, but the defense and the depth are simply horrendous. Add the injury to running back Brandon Jacobs and you have a team ready to go into free fall. Philadelphia looked brutal in the opener, but should improve as quarterback Donovan McNabb works off the rust. Robinson: The 49ers offense should have fared better than it did against Arizona. Where were Darrell Jackson and Vernon Davis? If the Texans' young defense is legit, that's going to be a very, very interesting team to watch. The Packers and that underrated defense took a big leap forward with the most impressive win of any team in the muddled middle. And before Lions and Vikings fans start complaining about being ranked as the worst of the 1-0 teams, consider who your respective franchises defeated.
BOTTOM OF THE PACK
Cole rankings
23. Tennessee Titans
24. Detroit Lions
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
26. Houston Texans
27. St. Louis Rams
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Atlanta Falcons
32. Oakland Raiders

Robinson rankings
23. Miami Dolphins
24. New York Giants
25. St. Louis Rams
26. Arizona Cardinals
27. Buffalo Bills
28. Kansas City Chiefs
29. Oakland Raiders
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
31. Cleveland Browns
32. Atlanta Falcons

Cole: Raiders fans should rejoice: Atlanta is so bad that the Falcons could be gunning for the bottom spot pretty soon. In fairness, the Raiders are playing organized football and could move up to No. 28 by the end of the season because the four teams ahead of them are just dreadful. Houston and Detroit should move up, but it's a little early to take their opening wins too seriously. Robinson: Sure, Larry Johnson played a very limited role on Sunday, but the Chiefs could be in some serious trouble on offense. The wide receiver depth is thinning already, and Damon Huard isn't going to surprise anyone this season. Tampa Bay could sink fast with injuries to Cadillac Williams and Jeff Garcia. Cleveland and Atlanta are the biggest offensive messes in the league.
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first some 1 need to make any official thread... when its up then all bets will be real and avys can be done up
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Lions starting to show signs of believing in Marinelli's vision
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
September 13, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Rod Marinelli waited for three decades to be a head coach.

When he finally got his chance last year in Detroit, things didn't go nearly as he would have hoped.

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The Lions started 0-5 and then lost seven in a row late in the season during a woeful 3-13 campaign that was better than only Oakland.

Despite the poor results, Marinelli's message and methods were unwavering.

The Vietnam veteran insisted on his players pushing themselves on every snap and relentlessly pushed them physically and mentally from the practice field to the meeting room.

Now that the second year of Marinelli's regime has arrived, the coach's devotees expect his hard-nosed, steadfast approach to pay dividends on the scoreboard as it did in the season-opening win against the Raiders.

Defensive end Dewayne White, who played for Marinelli in Tampa Bay, said the victory only makes Marinelli easier to follow.

"When people say stuff, you want to believe them," White said Wednesday. "If you don't see results, people lose hope and start doubting. But everything he has said has come true, so there's no reason to doubt."

Marinelli's boss, son-in-law and several players were asked what they liked best about him.

"He doesn't change," they said as if reading from a script.

Marinelli -- who called himself "Mr. Repetitive," this week -- beamed with pride before the season started when the answers were relayed.

"That's everything because people look for consistency in leadership," he said in an interview with The a.ssociated Press. "You don't look for wishy-washy people, who give in when the press thinks you should do this or somebody is complaining about practicing in pads.

"I have a belief. I state it very clearly. And, I live it."

Marinelli may not wow fans watching one of his news conferences, but his unbridled passion and high-energy persona have drawn rave reviews from those who spend time with him.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was ready to strap on a helmet after talking to Marinelli for 15 minutes in mid-August.

"By the time we got done, I was ready to go play myself," Goodell said. "He's really got a tremendous attitude, a positive attitude and an expectation of winning. I think you can sense the difference in this franchise and in this building of their expectations to win."

Everyone from team vice chairman Bill Ford to defensive tackle Cory Redding exudes excitement the moment they're asked about him.

"I love his spirit," said Ford, whose father owns the team.

Redding said he changed the Lions' culture.

"He doesn't let guys take a day off because he doesn't take a day, or a second, off," Redding said.

Marinelli's relentless ways helped him make a deliberate rise through the coaching ranks.

His career started in 1973 as an a.ssistant coach at Rosemead High School, his alma mater in suburban Los Angeles, where the football field was named after him in June.

Marinelli went on to work on the staffs at Utah State, California, Arizona State and Southern California before Tony Dungy gave him a shot in 1996 to work in the NFL as defensive line coach in Tampa Bay.

A decade later, Detroit was desperately looking for a coach to turn around the laughingstock of the league. Team president Matt Millen hired Marinelli after an extensive search.

Millen needed only a split second to ponder what has been his favorite qualities in Marinelli as a coach and a man.

"It's the same thing," Millen said. "He's persistent. He doesn't change."

Marinelli, a very private man, provided some peeks into his personal life during his second training camp.

The 58-year-old man of Italian decent grew up in Rosemead, Calif., a working-class town about 10 miles east of Los Angeles.

He has fond childhood memories of hitchhiking to witness Sandy Koufax pitch during his incredible run for the Dodgers and to watch the NFL's best in the Pro Bowl at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Marinelli's college career -- starting at Utah in 1968 and ending at California Lutheran in 1972 -- was interrupted by a one-year tour in Vietnam. He knows some may be interested to hear his perspective of how serving in the war shaped his life and career, but he politely declines.

"Whatever I say could be pulled one way or the other, so I don't say anything," he said softly. "I leave it alone because it's personal."

Marinelli is an avid reader, whose favorite books from this past offseason were about Abraham Lincoln and Dungy.

"I like reading about people," said Marinelli, who minored in history in college. "I try to see the value of leadership or football."

Detroit defensive coordinator Joe Barry wouldn't have been surprised that his father-in-law steered a conversation about himself back to football. Barry knows a side of Marinelli that he only sees because he married one of the head coach's daughters.

"He is an ironclad-fisted man, but he has a soft spot for his two daughters and four grandkids," Barry said -- after prefacing his remarks that Marinelli wouldn't be happy with him for sharing his behind-the-scenes perspective. "But he doesn't let that show because he's a tough sucker."

Marinelli also is a master motivator, who shows players video clips from the Animal Planet cable channel and ESPN "Bear" Bryant film "The Junction Boys" and draws stick figures on scouting reports.

"He'll show two bears f!ghting and he'll say they're Shaun Rogers and Damien Woody," receiver Roy Williams said. "He'll say, 'Good hands Shaun! Way to battle back Woody!' Guys get a laugh out of it at meetings, but they also get the lesson."

In an era when off-the-field conduct in the NFL is drawing more scrutiny, Marinelli starts each morning meeting with a do-right list.

If a player is late for a meeting or is overweight or misses curfew, for example, his name is on the do-right list that is projected onto a big screen at the team meeting the next day.

The Lions had a lot of players on the do-right list last year. But after some roster changes weeded out players who didn't buy into Marinelli's program, not one player was on it during training camp.

"It's a major flip from a year ago, believe me," Marinelli said.


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Detroit 20, Minnesota 17, OT
Preview - Box Score - Recap

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
September 16, 2007

Minnesota Vikings fullback Naufahu Tahi (38) loses Detroit Lions linebacker Ernie Sims as cornerback Fernando Bryant (25) looks on in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Jon Kitna gave up his body and perhaps his mind for the Detroit Lions.

Kitna was knocked out of the game with a concussion, only to return and set up Jason Hanson's 37-yard field goal in overtime that lifted the Lions to a 20-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

"I don't think he knew where he was," Detroit receiver Roy Williams said. "He might've thought he was back at Central Washington, but he led this team to a victory."

Kitna said it was the worst concussion of his 11-year career, and the first since 2000.

"I only know one thing, and it's to play as hard as I can," he said. "I'm not trying to pull a Willis Reed out there, but if I can play, I can play."

Minnesota and Detroit took turns blowing chances to win the game.

They combined for nine turnovers in regulation and two missed field goal attempts in the final 45 seconds.

The 10th turnover -- Brooks Bollinger's fumbled snap -- gave Detroit the ball at the 50.

Kitna missed about two quarters after being shaken up, but that didn't deter him from running the ball twice -- once off a deflected pass -- for 15 yards to pick up a key first down. Brian Calhoun's 17-yard run set up Hanson's kick.

"I'm glad I got another chance to win it, but I'm even happier for the team because we deserved to win," Hanson said.

Detroit (2-0) has opened with two wins for the first time in three years. The last time, the Lions finished 6-10 -- their best record since Matt Millen was given control of the franchise in 2001.

"It feels good, but it's just a start," said offensive tackle Jeff Backus, who has been a part of each of Detroit's NFL-high 72 losses the past six-plus seasons. "We have to keep it going."

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson scrambles against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007.
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The Vikings (1-1) had plenty of chances to start 2-0 for the second straight year, but lost many of the opportunities as Tarvaris Jackson tied a team record with four interceptions.

"I didn't play very well. I threw four away," Jackson said. "The defense kept us in the game."

Both teams had shots to win at the end of regulation.

Hanson pushed a 48-yard field goal try to the left with 45 seconds remaining after making 18 straight field goals dating to Nov. 19, 2006.

The miss gave Minnesota another chance, but Ryan Longwell clanged a 52-yard attempt off the left upright with 2 seconds left -- wasting a chance to follow up a 24-3 win over Atlanta.

"We had an opportunity to win this game at the end, but we didn't take advantage," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "I was looking to see some consistency from Game 1 to Game 2.

"Unfortunately, we took a step back in terms of 12 penalties that we had. That's not acceptable."

Jackson threw an incomplete pass on the first snap of overtime and left the game with a groin injury.

He completed just 17 of 33 passes for 166 yards without a score and shared an unwanted team record with several players, including Daunte Culpepper, who was the last Viking to throw four interceptions in 2005.

"It's not a good formula for winning on the road," Childress said.

Detroit Lions linebacker Ernie Sims (50) celebrates after Minnesota Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell (8) missed a 52-yard field goal held by Chris Kluwe (5) with seven seconds left in the football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, in Detroit. The Lions went on to beat the Vikings, 20-17, in overtime.
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With the Vikings struggling to pass, Detroit stacked its defense against the run and was able to limit Adrian Peterson to 66 yards on 20 carries after he topped the 100-yard mark in his NFL debut.

Kitna was 22-of-33 for 245 yards with one touchdown and an interception.

He was knocked out of the game in the second quarter and didn't appear as if he was going to come back in as he stood on the sideline without his helmet. But he did return, helping the Lions take another step toward backing up his expectation of at least 10 wins this season.

"I've seen a lot in this league, but that was special," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said. "You saw toughness. This is a tough town and their football team has a leader that's tough."

Williams caught seven passes for 111 yards with a TD and a fumble. Rookie Calvin Johnson had four receptions for 61 yards and scored for the second straight week.

Minnesota scored 10 points in 49 seconds to tie the score at 17 midway through the third quarter on Longwell's field goal and Ray Edwards' returned fumble.

Darren Sharper had two interceptions and forced a fumble.

Minnesota had won 10 straight over Detroit, which was the NFL's longest current streak and the best stretch over a divisional opponent since Dallas dominated Washington from 1997 to 2002.

Notes

Minnesota WR/KR Troy Williamson (hamstring) and Lions TE Dan Campbell (elbow) were injured. ... Detroit's J.T. O'Sullivan, who hadn't thrown a pass in the NFL until Sunday, was 13-of-23 for 148 yards with a score, two interceptions and a fumble. ... Sharper had more than one interception for the fifth time in his career, and has an NFL-high 46 since 2000.
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