Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com
The Detroit Lions, along with the remainder of the league and its fans, attempt to move on Sunday afternoon as a belated Week 2 of the NFL regular season begins.
After suspending last Sunday's play following the tragic events of last week, the league decided to shift each week down, which includes week 2 inheriting week 3's schedule. The Week 2 schedule, which includes the Lions' hosting the Dallas Cowboys, will be placed at the end of the schedule (Week 17).
On Sunday, Detroit (0-1) will attempt to grab its first victory of the regular season. The team they are visiting, the Cleveland Browns (0-1), are attempting to garner that same feat. And the level of importance, albeit insignificant in contrast to more admirable issues, is towering.
With their annual off-week just around the corner, the Lions will need to rebound from a 28-6 loss to the Green Bay Packers on September 9. With a trip to Minnesota, including home games against the Rams and Titans just around the corner, a win is very substantial to playoff contention.
"It is a must-win," defensive end Robert Porcher told the press. "It's a real important game."
With the NFL discarding the wild card weekend, every game for every NFL team becomes imperative. And the Lions hope a new look at quarterback is able to seize the results they need.
Following their opening loss against the Packers, Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg pulled the trigger on what was at the time considered a very controversial decision. Mornhinweg benched four year starter Charlie Batch in favor of former Browns' QB Ty Detmer, who has been with the team for just three weeks.
Detmer, the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner, is both familiar with the Cleveland defense, a group he practiced against the past two years, and Mornhinweg's west coast offense. Detmer spent the 1998 season with San Francisco under Mornhinweg's tutolage.
Cleveland also hopes to rebound following its 9-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago. The 2001 Browns are considered much approved over last year's 3 win squad, and bring enormous pressure from its defense. Cleveland sacked Seahawks' QB Matt Hasselback five times two Sunday's ago.
"You watch them on film, and all those guys play hard on every down," Detmer told the press. They make it tough on the quarterback to be able to hold the ball and wait for the third and fourth receivers."
Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EST).
Due to the schedule change, the Lions' home opener has been delayed until the October 8 Monday night encounter with the St. Louis Rams. It will mark the longest the team has waited in a regular season until a home game. Although the term "regular" no longer applies.