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  • Lions' Marion, Bryant, Babers injured

    DETROIT (AP) -- Steve Mariucci struggled to get too excited about a preseason victory because a handful of Detroit Lions went down with injuries.

    On the opening drive, the Buffalo Bills got exactly what they wanted, while the Lions couldn't avoid their worst fear in the final exhibition for both teams.

    Drew Bledsoe led Buffalo's first-string offense to its only touchdown of the preseason, three Detroit defensive backs were hurt and the Lions went on to beat the Bills 20-17 Thursday night.

    "It's nice to get out with a win -- I suppose," said Mariucci, in his second season with the Lions. "But that first series was crazy. I didn't know what to do."

    Lions safety Brock Marion (bruised right knee), cornerback Fernando Bryant (neck stinger) and cornerback Rod Babers (shoulder) all left the game with injuries.

    Bryant was hurt on the second play from scrimmage, Marion went down three plays later and Babers was also hurt during the first possession.

    "I said, 'You've got to be kidding me," Lions president and general manager Matt Millen said.

    Marion was later carted away from the sideline with an ice pack strapped to his knee, but X-rays were negative. He was to have a follow-up MRI exam.

    Bryant is a starter, and Babers is competing for a roster spot.

    "I didn't know what was happening at first, because my arm went completely numb," Bryant said. "But after a minute, I knew it was just a stinger. I've had stingers before. It's nothing. It's part of football."

    Starting linebacker Donte Curry (left thigh) also left the game in the first quarter, but said the injury wasn't serious.

    Last year, Detroit lost James Stewart for the season with a shoulder injury in the first quarter of the final preseason game against Buffalo.

    The Lions (2-2) went ahead for good late in the third quarter when Rick Mirer lobbed a 26-yard TD to David Kircus, giving them a 20-17 lead.

    Bledsoe was 4-of-6 for 62 yards on his only possession, a 16-play, 90-yard drive. He threw a perfect 21-yard deep out to Eric Moulds against Dre' Bly to set up a TD.

    "I think we finally finished (a drive)," Bledsoe said. "Prior to that drive, we'd done some good things and moved the ball a little bit. But we always had that one thing that stopped us."

    Willis McGahee, still looking tentative coming off his knee injury, gained just 24 yards on 11 carries, but put Buffalo ahead 7-0 with a 2-yard run. Travis Henry missed the game with bruised ribs, but is expected to start the opener against Jacksonville.

    Most importantly, the Bills (1-3) got out of the game healthy after losing two backup quarterbacks to injury last week.

    "You want to come out of this thing for the real deal," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "To me, it seemed like a long game. The third quarter was an hour, it felt like."

    Shane Matthews, signed Monday, relieved Bledsoe and was 7-of-10 for 104 yards.

    "He was pretty impressive," Mularkey said.

    The Lions started backup quarterback Mike McMahon to prevent Joey Harrington from getting hurt. McMahon was 8-of-16 for 84 yards and a TD.

    On McMahon's TD pass, he rolled right and threaded a throw between two Bills and into Tai Streets' hands in the back of the end zone. He led two drives to field goals, including Jason Hanson's 33-yard kick just before halftime to put the Lions ahead 13-10.

    "The more you play, the better you'll be because you can only get so much better in practice," McMahon said.

    Shaud Williams' 4-yard run, capping a 93-yard, Matthews-led drive, gave the Bills a 17-13 edge midway through the third quarter.

    Game notes
    The Lions will look to snap their NFL-record streak of 24 straight losses in their opener at Chicago. ... Williams ran for 78 yards on 18 carries. ... Running back Shawn Bryson led the Lions with two catches for 28 yards. ... Buffalo receiver Drew Haddad caught three passes for 61 yards.

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  • Nick
    Rams in high gear in 37-13 win over Lions
    by Nick
    Rams in high gear in 37-13 win over Lions

    NFL.com wire reports

    DETROIT (Aug. 29, 2005) -- The St. Louis Rams resembled the team that won the Super Bowl five years ago and the Detroit Lions looked like the NFL's worst team since 2001.

    Marc Bulger accounted for two touchdowns, Isaac Bruce had 85 yards receiving and a score and Steven Jackson ran for 108 yards and a TD to lead St. Louis to a 37-13 exhibition victory over Detroit.

    "Coach (Mike Martz) kind of challenged us this week to come out against Detroit and play well and we did that on both sides of the ball," St. Louis' Torry Holt said.

    "I have been saying all along that as long as our offensive line protects the quarterback and the defensive line plays well, this will be a good football team. I think we displayed that."

    The game 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.

    Detroit has lost an NFL-high 48 games the past four years, while the Rams have been a playoff-caliber team since winning a title.

    With a crisp passing game along with Jackson's speed and power on the ground, the Rams (2-1) led 21-6 at halftime, a score Lions coach Steve Mariucci said would be important entering the game.

    The Rams were so dominant on an 11-play, 90-yard drive in the first quarter they didn't have a third down.

    Bulger was 11-of-14 for 167 yards, threw a TD pass and ran for a 7-yard score, untouched on a sneak. Jackson ran for 64 yards on his first of 14 carries, and scored on a 3-yard run. Bruce caught five passes for 85 yards, including a 31-yard TD catch.

    A pass rush that came from all angles stifled Detroit's first-string offense, which hasn't scored a TD in three preseason losses. When Joey Harrington had time to throw, he either missed receivers or they dropped passes.

    The Lions' starters finally got into the end zone, but two linemen were called for holding, negating the TD. Detroit ended up settling for Jason Hanson's second field goal late in the first half.

    Harrington was 9-of-18 for 106 yards, and Kevin Jones had 38 yards rushing on nine carries.

    "It was just one of those nights where things kind of piled on top of each other," Harrington said. "We missed blitz pickups, we missed throws and we missed routes. When you get into a funk like that, it's tough to break out."

    Jeff Garcia was signed to push Harrington, but he had another lackluster effort, going 2-for-9 for 34 yards with a fumble.

    When both teams put reserves in the game early in the third quarter, St. Louis was still superior. Jamie Martin threw an 11-yard TD pass to Madison Hedgecock to put the Rams ahead 34-6 late in the third quarter when Ford Field was almost...
    -08-29-2005, 10:42 PM
  • RamWraith
    Rams stampede Lions
    by RamWraith
    By Larry Lage
    Associated Press
    08/29/2005

    DETROIT (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams resembled the team that won the Super Bowl five years ago and the Detroit Lions looked like the NFL's worst team since 2001.

    Marc Bulger accounted for two touchdowns, Isaac Bruce had 85 yards receiving and a score and Steven Jackson ran for 108 yards and a TD to lead St. Louis to a 37-13 exhibition victory over Detroit on Monday night.

    "Coach (Mike Martz) kind of challenged us this week to come out against Detroit and play well and we did that on both sides of the ball," St. Louis' Torry Holt said.

    "I have been saying all along that as long as our offensive line protects the quarterback and the defensive line plays well, this will be a good football team. I think we displayed that."


    The game 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.

    Detroit has lost an NFL-high 48 games the past four years, while the Rams have been a playoff-caliber team since winning a title.

    With a crisp passing game along with Jackson's speed and power on the ground, the Rams (2-1) led 21-6 at halftime, a score Lions coach Steve Mariucci said would be important entering the game.

    The Rams were so dominant on an 11-play, 90-yard drive in the first quarter they didn't have a third down.

    Bulger was 11-of-14 for 167 yards, threw a TD pass and ran for a 7-yard score, untouched on a sneak. Jackson ran for 64 yards on his first of 14 carries, and scored on a 3-yard run. Bruce caught five passes for 85 yards, including a 31-yard TD catch.

    A pass rush that came from all angles stifled Detroit's first-string offense, which hasn't scored a TD in three preseason losses. When Joey Harrington had time to throw, he either missed receivers or they dropped passes.

    The Lions' starters finally got into the end zone, but two linemen were called for holding, negating the TD. Detroit ended up settling for Jason Hanson's second field goal late in the first half.

    Harrington was 9-of-18 for 106 yards, and Kevin Jones had 38 yards rushing on nine carries.

    "It was just one of those nights where things kind of piled on top of each other," Harrington said. "We missed blitz pickups, we missed throws and we missed routes. When you get into a funk like that, it's tough to break out."

    Jeff Garcia was signed to push Harrington, but he had another lackluster effort, going 2-for-9 for 34 yards with a fumble.

    When both teams put reserves in the game early in the third quarter, St. Louis was still superior. Jamie Martin threw an 11-yard TD pass to Madison Hedgecock to put the Rams ahead 34-6 late in the third quarter when Ford Field was almost empty.

    ...
    -08-30-2005, 06:04 AM
  • Nick
    0-4 Lions thump Rams 44-6
    by Nick
    0-4 Lions thump Rams 44-6
    ASSOCIATED PRESS | Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010 3:55 pm

    DETROIT --The Detroit Lions moved a step closer toward putting their miserable past behind them, winning for the first time this season and by their largest margin in 15 years.

    Stefan Logan's 105-yard kickoff return broke a tie in the second quarter and Detroit rolled to a 44-6 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

    "It feels good to get this one so we can move on," center Dominic Raiola said.

    Detroit (1-4) hadn't won since Nov. 22, 2009, when Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes against Cleveland after getting briefly knocked out of the game.

    The Lions, who had the NFL's first 0-16 season two years ago, had won just three of their previous 44 games. They had a shot to win three of their first four games - losing by five, three and two points - after their 14 losses last season were by at least a TD and several were very lopsided.

    "Our players understood how close we were," second-year coach Jim Schwartz said. "But you need validation."

    The Lions won by more than a touchdown for the first time since Nov. 4, 2007, when they beat Denver 44-7.

    The Rams (2-3) lost standout receiver Mark Clayton with an injured right knee in the first quarter and that limited rookie Sam Bradford's passing options.

    Clayton, whose injury appears serious, fell to the ground while running a pattern and stayed down until he was carted off the field.

    "It doesn't look good," St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

    Bradford, coming off his best game, had one of his worst. He was 23 of 45 for 215 yards with two interceptions, one that was batted into the air and caught by Ndamukong Suh and one directly to Alphonso Smith, who returned it for the final score.

    "There are going to be a lot of things that we have to find on the film and fix because we have to make sure this never happens again," said Bradford, who was drafted this year No. 1 overall just ahead of Suh. "I don't think I've ever been part of a loss like this."

    Playing again in place of last year's No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford, Shaun Hill threw for 227 yards and connected with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew and Nate Burleson for touchdowns. Hill has started since Stafford separated his right shoulder in Week 1.

    "Even though we don't have Matt, we have somebody who can hold down the fort," said Burleson, who was flagged for punting the football into the stands after his TD.

    The Lions got off to a good start because a risky move backfired for St. Louis, which started game with a failed onside kick.

    "Maybe the biggest play that gets overlooked was the opening kickoff," Schwartz said.

    Logan's return...
    -10-10-2010, 09:46 PM
  • Nick
    Mooch Ponders Lions QB Change
    by Nick
    Mooch Ponders Lions QB Change

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. - Joey Harrington kept his job for at least another day.

    Detroit coach Steve Mariucci said Monday he had not decided whether to bench Harrington this week against Minnesota in favor of backup quarterback Mike McMahon.

    Harrington has struggled as the Lions (5-8) have lost six of their last seven games and he might be coming off the worst outing in his three-season career.

    He was 5-of-22 for 47 yards in a 16-13 loss at Green Bay, which overcame a 13-0 deficit in the second half.

    "We haven't made any decisions, but we are evaluating our passing game," Mariucci said.

    Harrington said Mariucci did not talk to him about a possible change on Monday, but is well aware that his coach was peppered with questions about it.

    "If there's anything it's going to do, it's going to make me work harder," he said. "I'm not going to go home and cry about it."

    McMahon said he would be surprised if Mariucci made a move to make him the starter Sunday at home against the Vikings (7-6).

    "When there's been opportunities to make a change, he hasn't," McMahon said.

    Not long ago, Harrington was credited for helping the Lions turn it around after winning an NFL-low 10 games over the previous three seasons.

    When the Lions were 4-2, Harrington had thrown 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. In the last seven games, he's thrown as many TDs (five) as interceptions.

    "I'm not worried about making plays to keep the job," Harrington said. "I'm worried about making plays to win a football game."

    Mariucci didn't praise Harrington in many ways, but did compliment his work ethic.

    "He's bound and determined to be as good as he possibly can be," Mariucci said. "He's here late, he's here on days off, he's studying film. He really works at it. I'll give him that.

    "I have confidence in Joey. I have faith in Joey. Would I like him to play better? You bet."

    The Lions have lost 19 games and won 10 since Mariucci returned to his home state after being fired in San Francisco with a 60-43 mark over six seasons.

    Despite the lack of success with the Lions, Mariucci has remained upbeat and enthusiastic in front of cameras and reporters. That wasn't the case Sunday at Green Bay, where he looked very glum.

    Did the loss bother him more than any other the past two seasons?

    "Yeah, it did," Mariucci acknowledged softly.

    Detroit not only lost a game on Sunday, it lost a great opportunity to make the playoffs in the muddled and mediocre NFC with its first win in Wisconsin since 1991.

    Roy Williams said the Lions should have won and anybody who saw the game knew...
    -12-13-2004, 10:38 PM
  • RamsFan4ever
    A Look At The Opponent - Detroit
    by RamsFan4ever
    A Look At The Opponent - Detroit
    Saturday, September 30, 2006

    By Duane Lewis
    stlouisrams.com

    The Detroit Lions were one of 10 teams to make a coaching change in 2006, tapping Rod Marinelli as the man to lead the franchise. Marinelli comes to the Lions from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he spent 10 seasons as defensive line coach, and from 2002-2005 also served as assistant head coach.

    Known for his hard-nosed coaching style, Marinelli looks to turn around a franchise that has not had a winning season since 2000 and has not earned a postseason berth since 1999. The Lions are off to an 0-2 start as they organization learns the Marinelli Way of football.

    Detroit tabbed veteran Jon Kitna as their quarterback. The Lions offense had their best performance last week against Green Bay scoring 24 points, 11 points more than they had scored in the first two games combined.

    Kitna had his best game of the young season last week against Green Bay, completing 25 of 40 passes for 342 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Kitna completed seven passes to WR Roy Williams for a career-best 139 yards and one touchdown. Williams' 16 receptions (for 245 yards) this season ties him for the team lead.

    RB Kevin Jones leads the Lions rushing attack. The third-year back from Virginia Tech rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries last week and was effective in the passing game with five receptions for 44 yards.

    Jones leads the Lions in rushing with 160 yards on 43 carries (3.7 avg) and is tied with Williams for the team lead in receptions with 16 for 127 yards.

    A pair of former Rams are in the Lions' receiving corp. Former receiver/safety Mike Furrey is third on the team with 14 catches for 160 yards. Az Hakim was recently signed by the Lions and made his first receptions of the season last week. TE Dan Campbell is averaging over 21 yards per catch with five receptions for 106 yards. RB Shawn Bryson is a threat in the passing game as he caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Kitna last week.

    A trio of sixth-year players anchor the left and middle of the Detroit's offensive line. Jeff Backus has started every game at left tackle since being drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2001 draft. Veteran G Ross Verba, in his 10th NFL season and first with the Lions, made his first start of the season last week. Dominic Raiola is in his fifth straight season as the Lions' starting center. He and Backus have combined to start 146 consecutive games.

    The right side of the Lions' O-line is manned by a pair of eighth-year players. Guard Damien Woody has been a starter his entire career. After starting his career in New England, Woody has started every game for the Lions since coming to Detroit in 2004. Rookie T Jonathan Scott made his first start at right tackle last week in place of another...
    -09-30-2006, 03:23 PM
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