Kitna Knocks Out Vikings After Being Knocked Out Himself

Whereas the Lions only won three games in the entire 2006 season, they have started off undefeated this year meaning that with only two games down, they just need one more win to tie their entire season’s win total. These were two winnable games for the Lions, and the schedule gets much more difficult with a trip to Philadelphia next weekend.  This is followed by a home game against Chicago on September 30th.  Both will prove to be tough games.

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Sunday’s game against the Vikings was interesting to say the very least. Though surrounded by mystery, Detroit QB Jon Kitna returned to the game after apparently suffering a concussion that knocked him unconscious. Though offensive coordinator Mike Martz did not want Kitna back in the game for his own health, he apparently talked his way back on the field.  Admittedly, I only played football through college but even then the coaches would never let a player back onto the field after having been rendered unconscious. What exactly is the deal there?

The Lions' defensive line had another impressive game with nose tackle Shaun Rogers recovering a fumble on a bad snap exchange from Minnesota center Matt Birk to backup quarterback Brooks Bollinger in overtime, setting the stage for the game-winning drive. Ends Dewayne White and Kalimba Edwards put lots of pressure on starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in regulation. Tackle Cory Redding might have had the best game of the group, finishing with five tackles and one quarterback hurry.  Backup D-lineman Shaun Cody got his first career interception on a deflected pass from Jackson, which was one of four interceptions thrown by Tarvaris Jackson.

Though the easy schedule definitely helped to facilitate the two victories earned thus far by the Lions, the likelihood that they can pull out any more than another three or four wins is very slim.  All eyes should really be on the defense as Kitna proved to be quite effective.

By T. Lloyd,
September 17, 2007