Harrington, Failure to Establish Run, All Concerns

The Lions managed to win a game ugly against a team that is likely worse than they are, but what's going to happen when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town in two weeks? Lions' insider Mike Fowler shares his analysis of Sunday's ugly win at Chicago.

(ALLEN PARK) - The Lions managed to win a game ugly against a team that is likely worse than they are, but what's going to happen when the Philadelphia Eagles come to town in two weeks?

Detroit survived yesterday thanks to a stellar effort from their defensive unit and some big plays by Shaun Rogers and Bracy Walker. It is unlikely Detroit will be able to count on that kind of effort all season, so they need to start generating something offensively.

The putrid offensive totals from Sunday:
77 yards rushing.
187 yards passing.

While rookie running back Kevin Jones, who was seeing his first extended action of his career against a Bears defense that often walked eight men into the box might be excused for a 15 carry, 36 yard performance, Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington's performance was more worrisome.

The quarterback's main problem appeared to be decision making on 3rd down. Detroit went just 2-of-14 in 3rd-down conversions, a paltry 14% efficiency.

Overall, Harrington was just 14-of-26 (53.8%) for 187 yards and 1 touchdown, while throwing an interception. Detroit's signal caller ended up compiling a 73.7 passer rating.

On the positive side, while not making a lot of plays, he didn't commit many turnovers either, but sooner rather than later Detroit needs the third-year quarterback to step up and make some plays.

The loss of Charles Rogers certainly affected Harrington. He and Rogers had developed a chemistry in training camp. They look sharp and in sync early on. Rogers was clearly Harrington's favorite target. Now with Rogers likely gone for the season, Harrington will have to develop a rapport with rookie 7th overall draft pick Roy Williams, who made a one-handed, circus catch to keep a drive going in the second quarter.

If Harrington truly is going to emerge as the leader of this team he's going to have to more than just manage the offense.

Another concern was the failure of Detroit's right side of their offensive line, manned by Pro Bowl guard Damien Woody and tackle Stockar McDougle, to establish dominance against the Bears left defensive front of end Adawale Ogunleye and tackle Tommie Harris. Indeed Harris was among Chicago's leaders, totaling five tackles while Ogunleye chipped in with three.

Detroit had expected that Woody and McDougle would be their "go-to" side when running the football, but at least for one day, they were unable to sustain anything.

So while it's a "feel good" time for a day after snapping that nasty road skid, today will likely be reality time when the team gets its first look at the game film.

They will see they'll need to play harder and play better if they expect to beat the Houston Texans next Sunday at Ford Field.

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