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Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2008-10-30


Detroit Lions Inside Slant 2008-10-30
Dan Orlovsky knows what to expect Sunday when he visits Soldier Field.


The Lions' Orlovsky Era began halfway through their last game against Chicago, Oct. 5 at Ford Field. Jon Kitna left the game with back spasms. Orlovsky started the third quarter and went 13-for-23 for 97 yards and an interception in a 34-7 loss.

"They're going to blitz me," Orlovsky said. "They blitzed probably 75, 80 percent of the snaps I was in. So I assume they'll come after me and test me early, especially being at their place. The crowd will be loud."

Orlovsky has started three games since that one, the first three starts of his NFL career. The consensus evaluation of his performance? OK.

He hasn't turned over the ball, but he has been perhaps too cautious. Coach Rod Marinelli has said he could take more calculated risks. He especially needs to get the ball downfield more often to the Lions' best playmaker, wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Perhaps he will take some shots against the Bears.

"There's some things you can attack," Orlovsky said. "They've got four guys on the back end that like to make plays and are aggressive, so you can attack that."

The heat is on Orlovsky. The 2005 fifth-round pick has been waiting for his chance, and his window of opportunity might be small.

The Lions brought in free agent Daunte Culpepper for a workout Tuesday. Coach Rod Marinelli said Culpepper "moved around good." Culpepper left without a contract, but a signing remains a possibility.

"We don't know where we're at with it right now," Marinelli said. "But it's a very good, veteran football player that's been a very good player in this league, and he's young."

Orlovsky played dumb when asked about Culpepper.

"The Bears brought in Culpepper?" he said.

No, the Lions.

"Oh, we did?" he said. "Didn't even know that. Did not know. Just found out. No thoughts."

No thoughts at all?

"No," he said. "That's not going to have any bearing on me. I just found out from you."

Really didn't know?

"No," he said. "I've been busy the past few days."

Orlovsky can't pretend he hasn't heard the calls for backup Drew Stanton. Stanton was a second-round pick last year, and he grew up in suburban Detroit and went to Michigan State. People want to see him play.

But the Lions apparently have no plans to play Stanton soon. Since splitting reps with Orlovsky the week of the Oct. 5 game against Chicago, when Orlovsky's and Jon Kitna's status was unclear because of injuries, Stanton has gotten only scout team reps.

"I haven't taken reps with our offense in a while," Stanton said. "But I understand completely that Dan has to get ready. He's the starter right now, so I've got no problem with that. I think it just forces me to be that much more sharp on scout team."

SERIES HISTORY: 158th regular-season meeting. Bears lead, 88-64-5. Bears beat the Lions on Oct. 5, 34-7, after taking 31-0 lead. Quarterback Kyle Orton posted a career-high passer rating of 121.4. Two of his four career 100-plus ratings have come against Detroit.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2008

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