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9/16/07: Vikings @ Lions. Week 2.

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Your Detroit Lions

Vs.

The Minnesota Vikings

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NFC Conference

Week 2

Home opener

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Date: September 16th, 2007

Time: 4:05pm EST

Shinmas' completely arbitrary players

spotlight of the week:

Lions:

Calvin Johnson

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In his NFL regular season debut for the Lions, Calvin had 4 catches for 70 yards. Of those, one was a key possession reception 26 yards, and another a 13 yard touchdown catch in the 3rd quarter to put the Lions up 17-0. It was his first career touchdown.

Vikings:

Adrian Peterson

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After starter Chester Taylor went down with a hip injury, Adrian filled in like a veteran. Adrian had 19 rushes for 103 yards in the game, and also had a 60 yard touchdown reception to put the Vikings up 17-3.

This game is a presentation of:

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Television Broadcast Provided by:

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DirecTV channel 713

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DirecTV channel 721

Recap of Week 1:

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 17-point lead quickly turned into a one-point deficit. The opposing crowd was roaring its approval. The kind of situation that would have doomed the Detroit Lions a year ago was easily overcome in the season opener.

Jon Kitna backed up his big boasts by throwing a go-ahead, 32-yard touchdown pass to Shaun McDonald with 4:15 remaining, and Dewayne White caused two turnovers in the closing minutes to help the Lions spoil Lane Kiffin's coaching debut in Oakland with a 36-21 victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

"I said during the offseason that how we handle adversity will be telling for this ballclub," Kitna said. "I think we're starting to turn the corner on that now. Guys are expecting to make plays now, and you saw the results."

Kitna predicted in the offseason that the Lions would end a string of six double-digit loss seasons with at least 10 wins. That was heady stuff for a team coming off a 3-13 season. But Detroit lost eight of those games by seven or fewer points, lacking a few big plays at clutch times.

Kitna and White delivered in the opener.

The matchup between the NFL's two worst teams from a year ago turned highly entertaining in the second half when former Lions backup quarterback Josh McCown led the Raiders on three touchdown drives to turn a 17-0 deficit into a 21-20 Oakland lead with 7:43 to go.

Kitna then completed four of five passes on the game-winning drive, capping it with his third touchdown pass of the game. Facing no pressure, Kitna moved around in the pocket until McDonald broke open in the end zone for the score. McDonald then taunted the fans in Oakland's Black Hole, celebrating the go-ahead score.

"In the fourth quarter, when it got loud, we didn't blink," Kitna said. "We kept executing and doing what we needed to do."

The Lions added to the lead when Jason Hanson kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2 minutes left after McCown was intercepted by White.

White then stripped McCown on the next play and recovered a fumble to set up a 14-yard score by Tatum Bell that iced the game. White's big plays validated the $13 million in guaranteed money the Lions gave him in the offseason to sign with Detroit.

"He's a playmaker," coach Rod Marinelli said. "He's always been that, and it's his time. He's got the keys to the car."

Kitna finished 27-for-36 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bell added 87 yards rushing on 15 carries as the Lions gained 392 yards against last year's third-ranked defense.

"With that amount of points, we should be able to win football games," Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison said. "We just didn't pull it out."

The Oakland Raiders erased a 17-0 deficit and took a 21-20 lead with 7:43 left in the 4th quarter, but two late turnovers helped the Lions defeat the Raiders 36-21. More ... Despite the loss, the Raiders showed much more offensive spunk than they did a year ago, when they managed only 12 touchdowns on offense on the way to a 2-14 season. McCown, who beat out Daunte Culpepper for the starting job, completed 30-of-40 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but also turned the ball over three times.

Ronald Curry had 10 catches for 133 yards and a 4-yard score and LaMont Jordan scored on a 12-yard run and had 159 yards of total offense. But McCown's focus is on the missed opportunities.

"It just makes me sick," McCown said. "I dwell more on the negatives right now, the turnovers and the things like that. Those are the things that I go over and over in my mind."

Kiffin, 32, became the youngest man to coach a game in the NFL since Harland Svare took over the Los Angeles Rams as a 31-year old in 1962. The Raiders fans disagreed with his decision to start McCown, booing the offense and chanting "Daunte! Daunte!" after McCown was intercepted early in the third quarter.

"Fans have the right to their opinions," Kiffin said. "After the third touchdown in a row they weren't chanting for Daunte anymore."

That first interception set up a 16-yard TD pass from Kitna to Calvin Johnson that made it 17-0. Making that score even worse was the fact that the Raiders passed on the chance to draft Johnson, picking quarterback JaMarcus Russell instead. While Russell remains unsigned in a contract dispute, Johnson had four catches for 70 yards in his debut.

"There's definitely a winning attitude here," Johnson said. "I wasn't here, but a lot of guys say it's totally different around here this year. This is a great way to come out and get started."

McCown then put it together in Oakland's best offensive stretch in years. He threw a 42-yard pass to Curry that set up Curry's touchdown. That ended a stretch of 232 minutes, 44 seconds without a touchdown for the Raiders, dating to last season.

They got into the end zone again less than 3 minutes later. Stanford Routt's interception of a pass that deflected off Roy Williams' hands set up Jordan's score that cut it to 17-14. A 7-yard pass to Justin Griffith on the next drive gave Oakland the lead, but Kitna made sure it wouldn't last.

Lions BLOG: Extras

Sebastian Janikowski missed three long field goals in the first half for Oakland, just the third time in his career he missed three field goals in a game. ... Raiders C Jeremy Newberry left with a thumb injury after one series. ... Detroit RB T.J. Duckett left in the first quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.

LIONS DT Shaun Rogers

>> On the importance of winning the season opener

“It was a big win, most definitely. We’ve had troubles on the road, for one, but it was two the start of a new season for us and hopefully a rebirth into something special.”

>> On the key to him making big plays in today’s game

“I mean, just getting back into the groove. Again, we did a great job this offseason working with me. They took a chance on letting me rest and not working me too hard, but working me just enough to be dressed for the season. Hopefully it pays off, we spotted me in the game a lot, it allowed me to stay rested until I get into a full game type shape and it paid off.”

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I dunno... My first thought was that there might be a Tigers game earlier, but the other Motor City Kitties will be in Minnesota on the 16th. The plus is that we can watch the Tigers and then the Lions without significant over lap I guess.

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Should be a great game.

I am really curious to see how good the Lions can be.

The Vikings may not be a special team, but they are a formidable opponent with the talent they have especially defensively.

I can't wait to see the battle with Calvin Johnson and Antonie Winfield.

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The Viks are my least favorite NFCN team.

The Vikings have been irrelevant for years really. Not worth the hate.

The only team I hate in the division is Da Bears and that's because they are from She-ca-go so nuff said.

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I can't wait to see the battle with Calvin Johnson and Antonie Winfield.

You really think they will put their stud CB on our 4th receiver?

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The Vikings have been irrelevant for years really. Not worth the hate.

Oh, I don't hate them. Really, I just have no strong feeling about them at all... And that's why they are my least favorite.

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This has the potential to be a great game. Hoping Kitna takes care of his arm in practice this week, `cuz he may very well put it up 50+ times on Sunday. Vikings run defense is pretty good.

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I guess I equally dislike all division teams. It matters which one we are playing at the time I guess. Even when Tampa Bay was bad, it seemed they got their share of games against us.

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According to John Clayton, KJ should be active:

from rotoworld

ESPN's John Clayton reports that, barring a setback in his recovery from Lisfranc surgery, Kevin Jones should be active in Week 2.

Jones is unlikely to see more than a few touches against Minnesota and gets a rough matchup, but this should turn out to be a nice reward for his patient owners. It appears he has a good chance to make an impact by Week 3 or 4. Jones, Tatum Bell, and Aveion Cason may be Detroit's only active running backs Sunday, as T.J. Duckett is likely out with an ankle injury. Sep. 13 - 1:10 pm et

Source: ESPN Insider

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I think Clayton forgot about Calhoun. Since he made the team and Cason didn't, I would think he is ahead of Cason on the depth chart.

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Wow... I completely forgot about him too. 'Course, I don't consider him a significantly better option at RB than Cason.

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