Reality Bites: Eagles Hammer Lions, 30-13

Despite a super-human performance by Lions' rookie wide receiver Roy Williams, the Detroit Lions got their first taste of reality on Sunday, and the result was bitter. Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles' exposed an injury-riddled Lions' secondary, winning 30-13.


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If there was any positive that can be seized from Sunday's 30-13 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, look no further than Lions' rookie wide receiver Roy Williams.

Williams provided the only semblance of hope for Detroit (2-1), grabbing a career-best nine receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including another highlight-reel special.

Unfortunately, his heroics weren't enough to outduel Philadelphia's mammoth offense, led by quarterback Donovan McNabb. McNabb completed 29-of-42 throws for 356 yards and 2 touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. All three scores came in a first half that ended with the Eagles (3-0) holding a very secure 21-7 lead that was never threatened.

The Lions' first loss of the season was never really in doubt after the first quarter, when McNabb and company stormed out of the gates with a 14-0 lead, including a 29-yard touchdown grab by Eagles' receiver Terrell Owens.

Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington tossed for 199 yards on 21-of-38 attempts for two touchdowns and no interceptions. Harrington's last touchdown completion to Williams cut the Lions deficit to 30-13, but the ensuing two point conversion failed.

Already without Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly, the Lions lost rookie running back Kevin Jonesin the first half to an ankle injury that isn't believed to be serious. Artose Pinner and veteran Shawn Bryson weren't productive while splitting duty in the backfield, combining for just 59 yards on 11 carries. Thirty-five of those yards were "garbage" yards, when the game was already out of reach.

Detroit struggled again out of the gates. Four of the Lions' first five possessions ended with a punt. The other was a fumble lost by Harrington, which resulted in a Philadelphia score.

On the team's final first half possession, Harrington found Williams with a dart in the endzone.

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