Harrington Answers Call; Delivers Against Jets

Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington entered Friday night with many querulous questions afflicting him; among them, whether or not he could satisfy his offensive weaponry. Despite a 10-3 loss, Harrington answered those questions with a perfect performance. Plus, injury bug strikes Lions' Schlesinger.

Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington entered Friday night with many querulous questions afflicting him; among them, whether or not he could satisfy his offensive weaponry.

And that was one of the nice questions.

Nine completions and six receivers later, Harrington shoved the proverbial sock down the throats of not some, but many critics, ranging from armchair quarterbacks to Detroit talk show hosts.

Oh, and the Lions lost 10-3 to the New York Jets.

But Joe was cool, to the tune of 100 yards in just a quarter and a half of action. Those yards included two drives, the last one culminating in a Jason Hanson field goal.

If Harrington had his way, Hanson would've trotted out for one point -- not three. Instead of continuing to air it out (Harrington was 6-for-6 on the drive), the Lions went conservative and rushed consecutive times inside the ten-yard line. In an obvious passing situation, the Detroit quarterback was forced to sneak it on 3rd down for a minimal gain.

During the first and part of the second quarters, Harrington was exceptionally sharp. On the first Detroit series, he rifled a sideline pass to second-year receiver Roy Williams, who made a tip-toe catch. On the second series, his perceptive timing with Charles Rogers led to a 20-yard gain.

When it was a passing situation, the Jets' defense looked hopeless.

In all, Harrington hooked up with Rogers, Williams, tight end's Marcus Pollard and Casey Fitzsimmons, Kevin Johnson and running back Artose Pinner. If he had been on the field with rookie Mike Williams, chances would have favored another connection.

DEFENSE -- OR LACK THEREOF

Lions' head coach Steve Mariucci will have alot to think about on the flight home, and much of that will revolve around his defense's questionable performance. Detroit's first-team routinely struggled to contain the Jets' running attack, and even allowed a strong performance by New York's backup quarterback Jay Fiedler, who started the game in place of Chad Pennington.

Detroit's defense did not register a sack (the Jets reached Harrington twice), although linebacker James Davis intercepted a deflected pass.

SCHLESINGER OUT 6-8 WEEKS

Veteran fullback Cory Schlesinger will miss the first few weeks of the regular season after breaking his fibula in the first quarter. Team doctor's initially thought it was a shin bruise, but x-ray's later showed a break in his lower leg. He could return as early as Week 4, following the team's bye week.

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