Knights NFL Roundup

A career day for Kevin Smith, Daunte Culpepper makes his return, and Brandon Marshall wins a game.

It was business as usual for the Detroit Lions, as they dropped their ninth straight game to start the season as they were blown out by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 38-14. Former UCF running back Kevin Smith had a career day as he got the bulk of the carries and gained 96 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown, and caught one pass for 27 yards. It wasn't all good for Smith as he had to leave with a groin injury late in the game.

"He's been jumping out," Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli said. "We could see that. We wanted to let him get a full boatload of runs, and I think he showed some real spring and some real life."

In the same game, Daunte Culpepper officially ended his NFL hiatus and started at quarterback for the Lions. It was expected that Culpepper would struggle, being that he had just a couple practices with the team, and that was certainly the case. Culpepper probably played a little better than his stat-line of 5/10, 104 yards and one interception suggested.

"It was definitely not the outcome I wanted," Culpepper said. "We didn't win. That's the main goal-is winning. I think we have some things we can build on, and I think as far as personally, I feel I made some mistakes, but I had some good things happen. It's a working process. Like I said before, I knew-I understand and understood how tough it is to come and play the game of football when you're working in the same system for the whole off-season-so to come in quickly was tough but I was up to the challenge. As far as the team goes, I think there are some good things that we definitely can build on so with that I have to keep myself to be positive-positive attitude and keep moving forward."

Culpepper received a vote of confidence from the Lions COO Tom Lewand—

"Daunte Culpepper's a talented football player. The idea behind anybody we sign is to come in and help our football team win games, period."

From the same game, tight end Michael Gaines and cornerback Travis Fisher played sparingly. Gaines had two catches for 18 yards and Fisher recorded four tackles.

Former Knights wide receiver Brandon Marshall continued his fantastic season as he caught six passes for 89 yards and the game winning touchdown in the Broncos 34-30 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

"Brandon is good," said Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler before Thursday's game. "We talked about it. I think he is as equally excited about this game as I am. We are looking forward to it and it is going to be fun."

The game turned fun when Brandon Marshall caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cutler with 1:17 left in the game to put the Broncos ahead for good.


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