AFTER ONE: Lions 6, Browns 0

Roy Williams excelled as Detroit looked better than the Browns in the first quarter. The Browns run defense fared much better than Monday, however, as Shaun Rogers made his presence felt.

DRIVE: Dawson kickoff to the Lions 13, run back to the 27. Kitna to Williams for eleven. First down. Kevin Smith run for two. Kitna and Calvin Johnson can't connect on second and eight. On third and eight. Kitna rolls and hit Roy Williams for 29 with a spectacular catch.

Kitna throws for eight on first down, but DQJ sniffs out a screen pass and drops Kevin Smith six yards behind the line. On third and eight, Kitna is chased by the rush, but rolls out and hit Mike Furrey for eleven yards. The Lions then went to the ground and got very little once more. A short pass to Johnson didn't get a first, so Detroit had to settle for a field goal. LIONS 3, BROWNS 0


- Alex Hall has been disruptive early on, showing some effectiveness in getting to the quarterback.

- What a difference Shaun Rogers makes. With the nose tackle in the lineup, the Lions aren't able to do much of anything on the ground on that first drive.

- Roy Williams long reception was due to buying time to throw, but mostly because Williams faked McDonald out of his socks to get open.

- Nice sign at inside linebacker as D'Qwell Jackson sniffs out a screen pass for a six-yard loss.

Kickoff to the nine-yard-line, but D'Qwell Jackson gets called for holding, which puts the Browns back at the 16.

Quinn starts off by throwing long against Donte Stallworth (matched up against Leigh Bodden). It's overthrown by five yards, but a defensive holding call on Dwight Smith negates it. Jason Wright gets three and tagged hard. Quinn gets pressure on second down but completes a short pass to Winslow, making it third-and-five. On thid down, Quinn looks for Steptoe, but the pass was behind (and came close to being picked). Browns punt.

- Quinn looks shaky early on, with two of three passes off the mark.

- Heiden threw a nice block on the run by Wright, but couldn't save the running back from getting stuck fairly hard.

- Quinn got pressure on second down but got rid of the ball quickly. The pass pressure wasn't as chaotic as on Monday night, but Quinn came close to being sacked.

Zastudil's punt gets a nice roll, but is run back by McDonald to the Lions 37. Lions again take to the air, starting with a nine-yard pass to Calvin Johnson. Smith gets bottled up four yards deep, but bounces out and gains ten yards.

On first down at the Browns 44, Mike Adams comes on a blitz and spooked the Lions into a false start. With three backs in the backfield, the Browns still clog up the middle and drop Smith for no gain, creating a second-and-fifteen. A play-action pass to Roy Williams again revealed the WR's incredible athleticism as he leapt to pull down a 21 yard pass. This gave the Lions a first down at the Browns 28.

After an incomplete to Williams, a shotgun handoff to Smith gets blown up by Shaun Rogers. An eight yard pass out of the shotgun leaves the Lions two yards short of a first down. Rayner nails the 38=yard field goal, and it's LIONS 6, BROWNS 0

- Rogers again is making a huge difference. He's dominating in the middle of the line and destroying the Lions ability to run between the tackles.

- With Braylon Edwards missing, the Browns have no answer for the incredible prowess of Roy Williams. If the Lions can come up with a running game, they will have a dangerous offense. So far, however, the Browns have dominated and wiped out any inside runs.

- With repect to TV commentary, the battle between WKYC's Jim Donovan and Bernie Kosar and the yucking ESPN meatheads last Monday looks a bit like the Giants and Browns looked in the first quarter of that game. It's no contest.

DRIVE: Steptoe runs the ball back to the Browns 24. On first down, Wright hitches, then runs right for six yards. With Stallworth in motion, Wright runs up the middle and gets smashed again, this time by Ernie Sims. This created a third-and-three. Quinn takes a short drop and throws the ball too low for Donte Stallworth. Browns have to punt after a three-and-out.

- Run, run, pass, punt. John Cooper obviously is filling in for Rob Chudzinski.

- Kris Griffin may have won a roster spot with a terrific job pursuing punt returner Cason, while the Lions commit a hold.

DRIVE: The Lions start off at their own 9, as Kitna exits for Dan Orlovsky. Two runs result in -1 yards as Nock Sorensen nails Kevin Smith four yards deep on a blitz. A short pass to Gaines gives the Lions a three-and-out. Nick Harris' punt is horrible, giving the Browns the ball at the Lions 48.

- Browns run defense looks good so far, but keep in mind they're facing a third-round draft pick who has edged out Tatum Bell.

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