GAMEBALLS: Give Harrington Credit

Joey Harrington is almost overlooked when the facts show that he has been a key contributor in Detroit's 4-2 start (3-0 road record). Harrington was sensational Sunday, completing 18-of-22 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and very importantly, zero interceptions while compiling a 140.3 passer rating.

(ALLEN PARK) - Why is it that Joey Harrington never gets the credit he deserves?

He gets booed at home, before the games even start. When the team wins, it's the defense, the receivers and the backs who get the credit, but hardly does the third-year signal caller from Oregon get any praise.

Harrington is almost overlooked when the facts show that he has been a key contributor in Detroit's 4-2 start (3-0 road record). Harrington was sensational Sunday, completing 18-of-22 for 230 yards, two touchdowns and very importantly, zero interceptions while compiling a 140.3 passer rating.

Not only was Harrington sharp in the victory, he was decisive. His stellar play was the No. 1 reason for Detroit's third straight road win.

While Kurt Warner was fumbling the ball three times (losing one) and throwing a costly interception in the end zone, Harrington was threading the needle to beat very good coverage by the Giants secondary.

Case in point, receiver Reggie Swinton had gotten into the seam behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties.

The only way Harrington could hit Swinton was to throw a dart over the outstretched arms of the linebacker and just in front of the safeties since there wasn't much separation. Harrington laid the ball in perfectly for a 20-yard gain.

Another gameball goes to Roy Williams, who's presence on the field continues to draw opposing safeties away from the line of scrimmage. Something not lost on Lions head coach Steve Mariucci.

"Having Roy back is a factor," said the coach. "There was one less safety in the box." Williams four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown loosened up the New York defense allowing Jones to run effectively in the second half before being removed because of cramps.

But give this gameball to Harrington for a sensational performance on the road that directed his team to their third consecutive road win and placed the Lions squarely into the early hunt for a playoff spot.

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