Rough NFL Sunday for Knights

The NFL's Detroit Lions are most commonly known as the laughing stock of the NFL, and have been rebuilding since 1957. The 2008 version of "Honolulu Blue" currently has a 0-14 record after being defeated by the Indianapolis Colts, 31-21 on Sunday. Let's find out how some of the former Knights performed this week.

These poor Lions seem destined to complete the ultimately imperfect 0-16 season, something that not even last year's Miami Dolphins could accomplish.

The Lions have four connections to UCF in quarterback Daunte Culpepper, running back Kevin Smith, tight end Michael Gaines, and cornerback Travis Fisher. Culpepper was not able to participate in the Knights latest defeat as he was inactive with a shoulder injury that he suffered in last week's loss to Minnesota.

* Rookie running back Kevin Smith continues to be one of the lone bright spots on the Lions as he ran for 88 yards on 20 carries, and caught six passes for 31 yards including a one-yard touchdown plunge, his sixth of the year. On the season, Smith has ran for 773 yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and has caught 36 passes for 279 yards.

* Lions tight end Michael Gaines was active on Sunday and caught two passes for 39 yards, including a 33-yard reception, his longest of the season. Gaines has played in all 14 games for Detroit (starting in six), and has 23 receptions for 260 yards and a touchdown.

* Cornerback Travis Fisher recorded five tackles on Sunday and had a pass defensed. In 12 games this season, Fisher has six starts, 33 tackles, and four passes defensed.


* Broncos star receiver and former UCF Knight, Brandon Marshall had one of his worst games of the season as he caught just five passes for 48 yards in Denver's 30-10 pounding at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.

* Former UCF kicker Matt Prater connected on one of his two field goal attempts for the Broncos, a 43-yard effort, and hit on his only extra point attempt.

* The Green Bay Packers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-16, and neither of their two Knights alum, rookie offensive lineman Josh Sitton and safety Atari Bigby saw any game action.


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