Lions @ Vikes Week 6

The biggest story leading up to this game is that Jon Kitna is out, Dan Orlovsky is in.  Drew Henson has been signed off the practise squad.  Does this mean Jon Kitna will be out the door before the trade deadline?  Considering he did not make the 1 hour flight with the team, I think it does.

Game Story

The Lions roar into the worst stadium in the leaque to face the Vikings; The MetroDome.  If you have been there you will agree, the Vikes need to pull the trigger on their new stadium.  The Lions have not won in Minni since 1997.

Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson (both questionable) started.

Both defenses looked strong early.  The Lions had 3 Sacks and a fumble recovery in the first quarter while holding the Vikes to 2 points.  Orlovsky was forced out of the back of the end-zone for a safety, giving up the 2 points.

The defense kept the solid play coming at the Vikes offense in the 2nd Quarter.   The defense added a 4th sack early.

Kevin Smith broke a huge 50 yard run to put the Lions into field-goal position. Jason Hanson hit a 40 yd field goal for a 3-2 lead at the 2 minute warning.

Halftime score: 3-2 for the Lions.  The Vikings went to their dressing to a chorus of boos from the home town crowd.

 The Lions started the 2nd half on fire.  Rudi Johnson ran the ball effectivly, while a 37 yard pass then a 12 yd TD pass to Calvin Johnson gave the Lions a 10-2 lead.  The opening drive was easily the best the Lions looked all year on offense.

Leigh Bodden ended the Vikings next drive with the Lions first interception of the year.  Yep, that is what I said… the Lions picked of their first pass of the year in Week 6.  The drive ended in a punt. 

The Vikings quickly answered with an 86 yard Bernard Berrian touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte.  Poor tackling was the cause if this touchdown. 10-9 Lions.

A Leigh Bodden fumble recovery end a 50+ yards Vikings drive to help the Lions retain the small lead. 

A terrible call by Tony Carrente off of a review gave the Vikings the ball off of a Calvin Johnson fumble.  The next play resulted in a 40 yard pass play by the Vikings.  These refs really need to get their calls right.  This bad call could have cost the Lions the game, but a blocked field goal by Jard Devries saved the 3 point field attempt.  Wow, who is this Lions defense? 

The Vikings won this game on an awful call again by Tony Carrente’s refs.  A pass interference call that was even said by the announcers to be a blown call, put the Vikings in easy field goal range.   

Final 12-10 Vikings

The question I have is how many games are the refs going to affect the outcome of this season.  It is getting ridiculous!