Harrington Gets Second Shot at Cowboys

Just a few days removed from what head coach Steve Mariucci considered his best game as a pro, third-year Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington is preparing to face the team that gave him his worst. Harrington reflected on last season's loss to Dallas, and benching, on Tuesday.

Just a few days removed from what head coach Steve Mariucci considered his best game as a pro, third-year Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington is preparing to face the team that gave him his worst.

Just one year and a week ago, Harrington was benched after turning in a 5-for-13, 30 yard and two interception performance in a 38-7 rout by Dallas. Harrington's passer rating? A career low 7.1.

He was benched during the loss.

"That is the low point of my time in the NFL," said Harrington on Wednesday. "It's not like I haven't been thinking about it. It definitely stuck with me."

With Dallas on the tilt in Texas Stadium on Sunday, Harrington has done a 180 since his last clash with the Cowboys. During last Sunday's 28-13 win in New York, Harrington compiled a 140.1 QB rating. On the season, Harrington has tossed 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions -- a far cry from his production last season.

"That was kind of a turning point for me last year," continued Harrnigton. "I won't say a wake up call, but it was a changer for me and that's something that will definitely stick with me and remind me that no matter how terrible we may feel after something, it wasn't like last year's Dallas game.

"I threw it to their guys a lot. That's what went wrong. I didn't throw it to our guys much and I threw it to their guys a ton. I know they scored at least one touchdown off an interception. It was just one of those games where it all comes crashing down and I had never had a game like that before. Then to compound it all, I got replaced, which did not feel good. It has motivated me a little bit."

That might be an understatement. In 2004, Harrington is on pace for a 27 touchdown, eight interception campaign.

A far cry from last season, indeed.

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