That Didn't Take Long
22 ... While the Lions offense certainly didn't steamroll the league's 27th overall defense, it was effectively sufficient. Jeff Garcia, in his first start as a Lion and first action this season, set a season-high for Detroit in completions with 22 and yards with 210. Garcia threw the ball 34 times with no interceptions. Joey Harrington's previous completion high was 19 against Chicago -- but it took 37 attempts.
Spreading It Around
8 ... Garcia's 22 completions went to eight different receivers. Rookie Mike Williams, forced into the majority of the plays, responded with five catches for 95 yards, including a 49-yard reception set up by Garcia's legs. WR Scottie Vines, who didn't have a team three weeks ago, notched a career best five receptions for 34 yards. On one play late in the fourth quarter and trapped inside their own five yard line, Vines came back to a Garcia pass for a 10-yard completion and a first down. The series resulted in a punt, but not before Detroit forced Cleveland to begin their final possession at its own 28-yard line.
Offensive Line or Creativity?
329 ... For the first time this year, a Lions quarterback was not sacked. But whether or not that was due to improved offensive line play is not clear. Despite soreness in his leg, Garcia avoided the rush on several occasions, converting several broken plays into offensive gains. The Lions running game was also able to get somewhat on track, rushing for 119 yards on 37 carries, including 74 yards on 21 attempts for running back Kevin Jones. The Lions also put up a season high 329 total yards of offense.
73... Trent Dilfer has had better days. After stating during the week that he felt for demoted Lions' quarterback Joey Harrington, Dilfer turned in Harrington-like numbers. Dilfer threw for just 73 yards on 10 of 19 passing, but also tossed three interceptions -- one that led to Detroit's first and only touchdown. The Browns never converted any of its third-down opportunities, and had the ball just 22 minutes to Detroit's dominating 37 minutes. Former Lion Reuben Droughns ran 19 times for 100 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
47, 50 ... After missing his first field goal attempt of the afternoon from 47-yards out, it seemed that placekicker Jason Hanson's traditional natural grass struggles would continue. Up until the second half, that is. Hanson drilled a 47-yarded to knot the game at 10 a piece in the third quarter, and followed it up with a 50-yard field goal to ice the contest in the fourth.
3... The Lions victory came at a price. The team lost defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (injured MCL) and cornerback Dre' Bly , in addition to WR Kevin Johnson (achilles). Johnson's injury is the most serious, and will force him to miss the remainder of the season. While Rogers will be re-evaulated on Monday, Bly's injury (dislocated wrist) could require surgery.