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Sunday, October 5, 2008
No relief for Lions offense

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- The Lions' bye week wrinkle was a modified no-huddle that looked a lot like the one Chicago used last Sunday night against Philadelphia.

So far, the results haven't changed much.

The Lions went three-and-out in all three offensive drives during the first quarter as the Bears built a seemingly insurmountable 3-0 lead.

The Ford Field crowd has been booing quarterback Jon Kitna from the outset. But the Lions' problems, at least early on, have looked systemic. Their entire offense is out of synch -- starting with, well, the starters.

Rookie tailback Kevin Smith told reporters he had been demoted during the week, but Smith started over veteran Rudi Johnson. But it was Johnson who got the Lions their initial first down, a 15-yard run early in the second quarter.