It's a common belief that, although the pre-season is insignificant in the long run,
the second to last contest is the most important.
On Saturday, the Detroit Lions apparently took it seriously.
Second-year quarterback Joey Harrington tossed for 184 yards on 15-of-20 passing,
including one touchdown, en route to a 38-17 dismantling of the Cleveland Browns (0-3).
It was the most impressive performance by Harrington this pre-season, and the most
impressive for his team.
Detroit, which tallied its second pre-season win versus one loss, received solid
performances from several players, including rookie running back Avon Cobourne (7 carries,
49 yards), wide receiver Charles Rogers (4 receptions, 52 yards) and cornerback Danny
"Blue" Adams (3 tackles, 1 interception).
Harrington led three scoring drives in the first half, including a fourth-down
touchdown strike to wide receiver Scotty Anderson in the red zone. Detroit entered
halftime harboring a 13-10 advantage.
Backup Mike McMahon played the rest of the contest, leading three scoring drives as
well, including a one-yard touchdown scamper and a 32-yard completion to Anderson (3
receptions, 72 yards, 2 TD's).
Detroit's defense limited a potent Browns air attack to 195 passing yards, and the
ground game was held to just 59 total rushing yards. Cleveland's starting quarterback
Kelly Holcomb tossed for 130 yards on 14-of-21 passing.
Saturday's contest was critical for several players on the bubble, who may have
witnessed their last opportunity to stick with the team, or grab the attention of another
On Tuesday, the Lions must shed 15 players to reach the 65-man roster limit. On the
first of September, the team must select 5 players to their practice squad, and report
their 53 active man roster to the league.
In-depth analysis and bubble report from Lions' insider Mike
Fowler coming soon!