NFL Week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings – Recap

  • NFL Week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Recap

Hopefully you were able to see yesterday’s post and share my happiness that the Lions have started the 2007 NFL Season with a 2 wins and 0 loses record.  The poll that I ran all week ended up with 46 votes, 24 for Minnesota and 22 for Detroit. Close just like the game.

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Detroit Lions win in OT 20-17 over Minnesota Vikings

  • How did The Lions Lose that game? Detroit Lions squeak out win in OT 20-17

Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions for the 11th straight time, 20-17, when kicker Ryan Longwell was true on a 52 yard Field Goal as time ran out in the 4th quarter. Detroit Lions stop the 10 game losing streak to the Minnesota Vikings when kicker Jason Hanson connected on a 37 yard Field Goal in Overtime to let the Lions escape with a 20-17 win.

Your ‘Lions Eyes’ blogger just has this to say after Sunday’s game. ‘Same old Lions’, lose a game they have no business losing and should have won by 3 touchdowns. This was a game that in the past the Lions would have lost. The Lions seem to be building a strong team resolve to put the past losing ways behind them.  

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NFL Week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings – Predictions

  • NFL Week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings

Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger has checked out many of the predictions for the game matching the Detroit Lions against the Minnesota Vikings scheduled for Sunday September 16th, 2007 at 4:05pm Eastern on Fox Network. What I have seen, from the local media, is a little scary as a longtime Lion fan. I know that when the Lions are the pick to win the game by most of the Local prognosticators it usually means the Lions will:

  1. Be extremely overconfident
  2. Be outplayed in all areas
  3. Make many mistakes, (e.g. turnovers, penalties, clock management, missed assignments)
  4. Lose the game
  5. Have the Fans saying ‘same old Lions’ in their nightmares after the loss

Here are the picks by the local Detroit and Minneapolis – St.Paul Media:

Source: Detroit Free Press
Mitch Albom: Lions
Nicholas J. Cotsonika: Lions
Drew Sharp: Lions

Source: Detroit News
Mike O’Hara: Lions
Terry Foster: Lions
Bob Wojnowski: Lions
Rob Parker: Vikings

Source: Star Tribune-Minneapolis-St.Paul 

Kevin Seifert: Lions
Judd Zulgad: Vikings
Mark Craig: Lions
Sid Hartman: Vikings
Patrick Reusse: Lions
Jim Souhan: Lions

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NFL Week 2 Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Preview

  • NFL Week 2  Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings Preview

VikingsMinnesota Vikings come to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions on LionsSunday September 16th, 2007 with kickoff slated for 4:05pm. Both teams won their season opener, the Lions defeated the Oakland Raiders 36-21 and the Vikings dominated the Atlanta Falcons 24-3. Minnesota has prevailed in 10 straight contests against the Lions. The Lions are 3.5 point favorites according to the latest betting line put out by the Las Vegas odds makers.  Game is a sell out and will be on Local Television.

Series leader: Vikings, 69-29-2
Streaks: Vikings have won 14 of the last 15 games.
On TV:4:05 p.m. ET, FOX (Matt Vasgerian, JC Pearson).

  • Lions Offense vs Vikings Defense

Vikings recorded 6 QB sacks in their Week 1 victory against the Falcons and will be matched against an improved Lions offensive line. Detroit QB Jon Kitna directed the Lions offense to 397yards in their Week 1 win against the Raiders. Minnesota had 2 interceptions and returned both for TDs. In pre-season the Vikings defenders had 8 interceptions. Kitna threw 2 interceptions last week and will need to be careful against the ball hawking Viking defensive backfield. Minnesota was very strong defending the run versus the Falcons while the Lions ran the ball 21 times for a 5.1 average against the Raiders. Lion Offensive coordinator Mike Martz will probably attempt to spread the Vikings pass defenders all over the field with 3 and 4 receiver sets. Minnesota will generate pressure from their strong defensive line to pressure Kitna looking for sacks and turnovers. Minnesota’s defense has 6 interceptions against Jon Kitna in the last 2 meetings. Defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams will present a major challenge for Center Dominic Raiola and Guards Damien Woody and Edwin Mulitalo.

“They are a load in there,” said Head Coach Rod Marinelli. “That’s a great looking tandem; good energy guys, physical, and I just remember from last year, too, they knocked the dog out of the run. They both get up the field really well in terms of rushing and they create a good internal pressure. They definitely have our attention.

Source: Detroit Lions

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NFL Fines Belichick $500k – Detroit Lions victimized by New England

NFL Fines Belichick $500,000

Bill Belichick was fined an NFL maximum $500,000 and the New England Patriots Bill Belichickorganization was assessed an additional fine of $250,000. The Patriots also were ordered by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to forfeit a Number 1 Draft Pick in the 2008 NFL Draft if the Patriots make the NFL Playoffs this season. If the Patriots fail to make the NFL Playoffs this year they will lose a 2nd and a 3rd round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. The fines and loss of the Draft Picks are a result of the Patriots ‘Spying’ on opponent’s defensive signals.

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Detroit Lions Defensive Lineman Dewayne White Honored

Dewayne White named NFC Player of the Week

Dewayne WhiteDetroit Lions Defensive End Dewayne White was named the NFC Player of the Week by the NFL on Wednesday. White, during the Lions 36-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders, contributed a sack, an interception, 7 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. White returned the interception 28 yards to setup a 4th quarter field goal by Jason Hanson to increase the Lions margin to 8 points.

Photo Source: Bob Larson Contra/Costa Times

White spread credit to his teammates for the NFL Award at practice on Wednesday:

“It was our whole defensive line, a whole team effort,” White said. “You could have given it to a number of guys for what they did to help me get this award. When you look at an individual, it’s never just me.

“It’s always something causing something for me to get the effect of it. I wish it could go to all four of them.”

Source: Detroit News

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Detroit Lions Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings for Week 2

The Detroit Lions after a very rare, during the Matt Millen era, road victory 36-21 over the Oakland Raiders Week 1 probably should expect to move up the NFL Power Rankings. Your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger went out and reviewed some of the organizations that keep weekly NFL Power Rankings throughout the season. In an earlier post I reported on Week 1 Power Rankings for the Lions by the same entities.

Source: Fox Sports NFL Power Rankings

Peter Schrager dropped the Lions 2 spots from the Week 1 Power Rankings to 26th.

Year two of the Mike Martz era started off with some offensive fireworks in Oakland on Sunday. The Lions offense tallied 392 yards, put 36 points on the scoreboard, and moved only nine games within Jon Kitna’s off-season prediction of 10 victories. Detroit’s defense held its own, despite a mid-game, 17-point lapse. Just how good is that Lions offense? We should have a better idea after Sunday.

Source: ESPN NFL Power Rankings

Power rankings are developed by ESPN NFL staff writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Matt Mosley, Jeffri Chadiha and Mike Sando; Scouts Inc. Insider Jeremy Green; and ESPN.com NFL senior editor Mike McAllister.

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Marinelli wants Focus on Minnesota Vikings

Welcome the Minnesota Vikings to Ford Field

Vikings – Sunday September 16 @ 4:05 – Lions

                              

Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli at his Monday Press Conference talked about putting the Oakland Raider game behind the team and put all their focus on the next opponent the Minnesota Vikings.

“I want to get away from this game as fast as I can,” he said Monday afternoon at the team’s practice facility. “We got a heck of a tough game this week with the Minnesota Vikings coming in here.”

“Once the team finishes watching this film, it’s all about Minnesota,” Marinelli said. “That’s all I’m interested in talking about.”

Source: Mlive

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Detroit Lions prevail over Oakland Raiders 36-21

Detroit Lions survive Oakland Raiders and ex-QB
The Lions brought back some bad memories for your ‘Lion Eyes’ blogger yesterday. On their 2nd drive they moved right down the field with a passing attack that had many wide open receivers against the NFL’s #1 ranked pass defense in 2006. But when they had Josh McCown and Josh Kitnagobbled up 95 yards on the drive QB Jon Kitna let loose of a pass that was easily intercepted by Oakland Raider Linebacker Kirk Morrison.
Photo Source Detroit News
After that the Lions played very well offensively and scored 17 unanswered points before the bad memories reared their ugly head again. The Oakland Raiders with ex-Lions QB Josh McCown performing well led a very efficient 6 play 62 yard drive in just over 2 minutes. Shortly thereafter Stanford Routt picked off another Kitna pass when Lions wide receiver Roy Williams had the ball hit him in the hands, after he slipped, and deflected over his shoulder. Routt returned the pick 31 yards to setup a short field for the Raiders 2nd touchdown in 3 minutes. Then 1/2 way through the 4th quarter McCown led the Raiders on 8 play 70 yard drive and hit Justin Griffith with a 7 yard TD pass. All of a sudden the 17-0 Lions lead had disappeared and became a 21-20 deficit with 7 and 1/2 minutes remaining. I know I was thinking how can they lose this game. Continue Reading


NFL Week 1 Detroit Lions – Oakland Raiders Preview

nflkickoff160à—120.jpgBefore I start with the Preview, you have a chance to have your voice heard regarding how many wins you think are in store for the Lions this year. If you haven’t already cast your vote, head to this previous post and choose how many victories you believe the Lions can muster during 2007.

  • NFL Week 1 Detroit Lions – Oakland Raiders Preview

Series leader: Raiders, 6-3
Streaks:Raiders have won four of last five matchups
On TV:4:15 p.m. ET, FOX (Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson & Jennifer Hammond)

  • Lions Offense vs Raiders Defense

Highly touted Detroit Lions Offense under Mike Martz’s direction facing the NFL 2006 #3 Ranked Defense including the #1 Pass defense. I suspect the Lions will struggle to pass effectively. roy-williams-from-squib-kick.jpgRoy Williams and his 1310 yards receiving in 2006 and Mike Furrey with his 98 receptions in 2006, they will be matched up against Nnamdi Asomugha with 8 interceptions in 2006 and Fabian Washington who had 4 interceptions in 2006. The Lions will add Shaun McDonald and rookie #2 pick Calvin Johnson to the passing game as well as using Tatum Bell from his Tailback spot. Oakland was ranked near the bottom in Rush defense in 2006 so the Lions will try to spring Tatum Bell free to keep the pressure off the Passing game, but the Lions have not run the ball well for a long time. Lions will strive to keep the Raider defensive front away from QB Jon Kitna which would allow him to avoid interceptions and fumbles.

Photo courtesy of: Squib Kick

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