Lions Snap Losing Streak, Win 23-13

The six-game losing skid was halted, and the Detroit Lions (2-6) can thank the Oakland Raiders (2-6) for a little assistance. In the first quarter of Detroit's 23-13 victory over Oakland on Sunday, two Raider turnovers and two penalties led directly to a Jason Hanson 54-yard field goal and an Olandis Gary two-yard touchdown plunge.

The six-game losing skid was halted, and the Detroit Lions (2-6) can thank the Oakland Raiders (2-6) for a little assistance.

In the first quarter of Detroit's 23-13 victory over Oakland on Sunday, two Raider turnovers and two penalties led directly to a Jason Hanson 54-yard field goal and an Olandis Gary two-yard touchdown plunge.

And just like that, the much maligned Lions were up 10-0, and never looked back.

Detroit was led by a sharp performance by quarterback Joey Harrington, who saw less drops from his receivers in completing 13-of-21 passes for 117 yards, a touchdown and one interception.

In last week's loss to Chicago, Detroit's receivers dropped 9 passes.

Harrington, who was assisted by a combined 99-rushing yards from Olandis Gary and Shawn Bryson, finished with a QB rating of  72.9

Full-back Cory Schlesinger led Detroit in receiving with 4 catches for 53 yards, including a 3rd quarter 33-yard touchdown reception that put Detroit up 17-3.

By contrast, Raiders' quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, a third-year player and backup to starter Rich Gannon, left the game late in the 1st quarter with an injured knee. His replacement, 11-year veteran Rick Mirer, couldn't penetrate a hasty Lions' defense, tossing two interceptions on 15-of-28 passing for 125 yards.

Mirer's longest pass was 12-yards, despite the presence future Hall-of-Fame receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice.

The Lions received strong performances from defensive end's Kalimba Edwards and James Hall, who applied pressure throughout the contest on the Raider quarterbacks. Each finished with one sack apiece.

Detroit's victory will likely alleviate pressure from both the ball club and front office management, which received significant pressure from critics after last week's 24-16 loss at Chicago.

The Lions will have the opportunity to make amends for that loss, as Detroit hosts the 3-5 Bears next week Sunday.


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