Detroit came out of the gate like a donkey in a horse race. It was 7-0 for the 1-4 Houston Texans within the first minute. The defense looked terrible allowing a long run to Steve Slaton and then left Owen Daniels wide open for a simple touchdown.
The next series for the Lions defense was equally dismal. A pass interfernce call against Leigh Bodden led to an easy run into the enzone for Ahman Green. With 10 minutes gone in the opening quarter, the Lions already gave up more points than they did against the Vikings in Week 6. 14-0 Houston.
The offense was as equally bad in the first quarter. The Lions could only manage 1 first down in the first 2 series. Dan Orlovsky missed a wide open Shaun Mcdonald which would have resulted in a walk-in TD.
The third defensive series saw Steve Slaton shred the Lions run game resulting in a Slaton TD at the 12 minute mark of the 2nd quarter. 21-0 Houston after 18 minutes of play.
The Lions offense finally got into the Texans side of the field halfway through the 2nd quarter off a long pass to Mike Furrey. The drive stalled at the 37 yard line. Jason Hanson cashed in on a 54 yard field goal. 21-3 Houston.
The Texans rolled down the field on the 4th drive but Matt Schaub was stripped of the ball at the 9 yard line. Jared Devries recovered the fumble.
Andre Johnson had 8 catches for 95 yards in the first half. Calvin Johnson had 0 catches off 1 look before a hail mary at the end of the half (58 yards). 21-3 at the half.
Detroit started the second drive of the second half in Texans territory (47 yd line). Kevin Smith broke a 21 yard run and then a 26 yard run for the Lions first TD of the afternoon. Kevin Smith was very impressive on this drive bringing the Lions back into this game in consecutive plays. 21-10 Houston.
The Texans continued where they left off in the first half by scoring another TD on the next drive. Owen Daniels caught his second TD to put the Texan up by 18. 28-10 Texans.
On the first play of Detroit’s next drive, Dan Orlovsky threw a 96 yard TD pass to Calvin Johnson. Calvin made this franchise record TD look easy. He had 2 strides on the cornerback before the ball was caught, then trotted into the endzone. Calvin Johnson caught the 2 point conversion to make the score 28-18 for the Texans.
On the next drive, Mike Furrey made a 25 yard one handed catch on 3rd & 19 to keep the Lions rolling. A Tim Bowman sack on Dan Orlovsky put the the Lions into very difficult field goal range. Jason Hanson attempts his second 54 yard field goal of the day and hits it! 28-21 Texans.
In the end the Lions could not get it done. The terrible defensive start killed them. In the second half they looked much better but it is difficult to overcome a 21-3 half time deficit. They put up a fight in the second half but fell 7 points short.
Final 28-21 Texans
Detroit Lions 0-6. It is hard to be a Lions fan these days!