Filling in for starter Chad Pennington, Fiedler led the Jets on
a 16-play, 98-yard scoring drive that lasted more than 9 minutes in
the New York Jets' 10-3 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on
"It was anything but typical," Fiedler said. "Any time you're
out there for 16 plays, that's not very typical in the NFL."
Fiedler even got to show off his running skills during the
drive, scrambling for a 9-yard gain and capping it with a 1-yard
"It wasn't too far for the touchdown," Fiedler said with a
Fiedler, who played with Miami the last five seasons, completed
7 of 9 passes for 69 yards -- but had an interception on his second
throw -- in two series leading new coordinator Mike Heimerdinger's
"I think Mike did a great job of getting the guys the ball,"
coach Herman Edwards said.
Detroit's Joey Harrington also had an outstanding night while
running new offensive coordinator Ted Tollner's system, going
9-for-9 for 100 yards in two series.
"I don't think there was a throw I really disliked,"
Both teams are heading into the season with more aggressive
approaches on offense, looking to throw the ball downfield more
Fiedler's second pass of the game was intercepted by James Davis
at the Lions 38 after it was tipped at the line of scrimmage. But
Fiedler rebounded on the next series, leading the big drive that
"I think there was a comfort level not only by me, but the
whole offense," Fiedler said. "We're starting to gel, starting to
pick up the new system a little bit more and starting to refine all
the little things."
On third-and-8 from Detroit's 26 with 1:53 left in the first
quarter, Fiedler took a snap out of the shotgun -- one of
Heimerdinger's additions to the offense -- and ran around the right
end and out of bounds for a 9-yard gain. Derrick Blaylock rushed
for 6 yards and B.J. Askew had a 10-yard reception to put the ball
at the 1 as the quarter ended.
After Blaylock was stopped for no gain, Fiedler ran it in from
the 1 and highly touted rookie Mike Nugent kicked his first NFL
extra point to give New York a 7-0 lead at 14:18.
"You want to be able to know you can put those kinds of drives
together, even in the first preseason game," running back Curtis
Fiedler was 6-of-7 for 50 yards on the drive, before giving way
to third-stringer Brooks Bollinger. Pennington didn't play because
Edwards wants to be cautious with the quarterback who's returning
from surgery on his right rotator cuff.
The Lions followed with a long drive of their own -- 13 plays for
74 yards in 8:26 -- but had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by
Jason Hanson with 9:08 left in the half.
After a 10-yard catch by Casey FitzSimmons put the ball on the
5, the Lions ran three times and gained just a yard.
"I thought we threw the ball efficiently, and Joey was very
efficient," Mariucci said. "We would have liked to have scored
more points. We got into the red zone a number of times, but came
Nugent made it 10-3 on his first NFL field goal, a 40-yarder
with 2:18 left in the game.
The Lions had a chance to win it, driving the ball down to the 7
with 3 seconds left, but Dan Orlovsky's throw to rookie Mike
Williams in the corner of the end zone was knocked away by Kerry
The rookie safety also intercepted a pass from Lions backup Jeff
Garcia to end a drive in the second quarter.
Jets running back Curtis Martin, the league's reigning rushing
champion, had four carries for 20 yards in two series. Blaylock and
rookie Cedric Houston led New York, each gaining 21 yards on six
Starting running back Kevin Jones played only the opening series
for the Lions, gaining 6 yards on three carries. Pinner led Detroit
with 19 yards on seven carries.
Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger broke a bone in his leg in
the first quarter and will be sidelined six to eight weeks.
"That's a tough one on us, but he'll be back early in the
season," Mariucci said. ... Jets linebacker Darrell McClover broke
his left ankle early in the game, and Edwards was uncertain how
long he'll be out. ... Newly signed cornerback Ty Law didn't play
for New York after joining the team Monday. ... After only three
penalties were called in the first half, the Lions finished with 11
for 86 yards and the Jets were penalized nine times for 65 yards.