Detroit Sports

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Another Road Win

The Lions beat the previously 4-0 Falcons today 17-10. The Lions are now 3-1 and the Falcons are 4-1.

The Lions defense again won the game for them. They held Mike Vick to 196 yards passing and zero touchdowns. They also picked him off once and sacked sacked him 5 times. The Lions' D also forced 3 turnovers. The final turnover was at the end of the game when Atlanta was about to score on the Lions to tie the game at 17-17. Vick dropped back and fumbled the ball(the ball was knocked out by his own lineman!), and the Lions picked it up and then kneeled the ball to seal the win.

Joey Harrington didn't have a wonderful game but he did have another solid one. He threw for 146 yards and zero picks. He threw one touchdown pass to Hakim that went for 39 yards.

Detroit's star rookie wide receiver Roy Williams left the game with an ankle sprain that doesn't look too serious. He caught 3 passes for 18 yards in this one.

Artose Pinner ran for 68 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. All three were career highs for this second year player.

This was a huge win for the Lions. This was their second straight road win. In the last 3 seasons combined, they had won zero road games! I think this game proved that they are for real. Everyone said that Mike Vick would destroy them, but it was the other way around. The Lions destroyed Vick and the entire Atlanta team. If the Lions would have scored some more in the third quarter, this game wouldn't have even been close. In both road victories this season, the Lions have won the game on a defensive stand at the end of the game. Both times they have forced a turnover. One of the main reasons the Lions are 3-1 is the fact that Harrington has really stepped it up. He has thrown 7 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions. His completion rating is over 60 percent. He needed to be the leader this season and he has done exactly that.

The Lions are now 3-1. They face the Packers next week at home. The Lions are tied with the Vikings for first place in their division.


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