Ravens - Lions Q&A - Part 2

RoarReport.com answers questions posed by Ravens fans.

Q: How is Mike Williams doing? Does he look as good as he was projected ?

Williams believes he's on par with the rest of the receivers in terms of how much he understands the offense. He might be right. Williams' playing time has increased with each game dating back to the first exhibition game and that will likely continue with the suspension of Charles Rogers. Williams has demonstrated the ability to separate himself with defensive backs, and if not for a toe crossing the chalk, could have had a gamewinning touchdown last week at Tampa Bay.

Q: WR Charles Rogers has been suspended for 4 weeks, obviously, he will miss this weeks game. How will this affect the Lions game plan on offense?

Not tremendously. While Rogers' absence will be felt, the Lions have suitable replacements in former Raven Kevin Johnson and the aforementioned Mike Williams. Both have been as productive or more productive than Rogers.

Q: Does Harrington throw better outside of the pocket?

Joey was a playmaker at Oregon, and when he has the opportunity to step up into, or out of the pocket he tends to throw downfield more -- and many times, more accurately. He hasn't had many of those chances this season.

Q: How has Kevin Jones looked so far this season? I heard his was benched in the 2nd half of the game last week. Also to add on, do you think Kevin Jones will be a threat to the tough Ravens defense?

Jones wasn't benched. The Lions used Artose Pinner after Jones was shook up during the third quarter -- and then they split time between both backs to finish the contest. Jones hasn't had his breakout game, but -- like Harrington -- also hasn't been given much to operate with behind the Lions' offensive line. After his 10 yard touchdown gallop against Tampa Bay, you know it's only a matter of time before he breaks one. Baltimore is probably well aware of this.

Q: Kevin Jones has been a non-factor thus far this season, could you elaborate on where the problem may be with the running game? Is the offensive Line struggling, perhaps the absence of Cory Schlesinger or is Jones the one having a hard time getting it together?

A combination of all things. As previously mentioned, the offensive line has not given Jones much to run behind, but the absence of Cory Schlesinger is obvious. Jones hasn't helped the situation either, but it seems as though it's only a matter of time before he's able to breakout.

Q: What aspect of the Lions' D should we be most wary of? I know the team has spent their last 5 1st round picks on offense but who do you think the Ravens should spend the most time planning for?

For a question on the offensive side, how well has Marcus Pollard upgraded their passing game? It would seem like between "the 3 #1s" at WR and Kevin Jones, he'd get lost in the shuffle, but it seems that Mike Williams and Charles Rogers have been not so hot recently. Also, how big an impact has Kevin Johnson made on the Lions offense.

The Lions secondary can really fly around. Safeties Kenoy Kennedy and Terrence Holt are a young, ballhawking duo. They provide a nice comfort level for Pro Bowl corner Dre Bly. Wright has to watch his downfield throws.

Pollard and Johnson are crucial to Joey Harrington. The two veterans understand the offense the best, and have both developed chemistry with Harrington while the younger receivers are still catching up. The tight end position is vital in the west coast offense, and Pollard has been no exception. Johnson, meanwhile, had a nice 4th down conversion last week Sunday.


Q: What do they think the keys to winning the game are against the Ravens, knowing that they will not be able to run the ball and Harrington is off to a horrible start so far?

Well, pretty much everything that was stated in the original question. The Lions need to run the ball to open up the passing game. It's as simple as that. The Lions moved the ball during the preseason against Baltimore's first team defense, so it isn't a matter of whether or not it can be accomplished, it's a matter of whether or not Detroit can execute. Thus far into the season, they haven't executed. The Lions had two tough road games, losing one on a questionable call against an undefeated team. They return home to an anxious crowd and need to start fast. If they can run the ball, everything will open up. Defensively, the Lions have to force Baltimore to be a passing offense -- making Wright uncomfortable and pressing him into mistakes.


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