QB Jon Kitna - Free Agent
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2011 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 10 / 87 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna relieved Tony Romo at the start of the third quarter as Romo received treatment for a fractured rib in the locker room. Kitna was effective as a replacement and showed a veteran's composure considering he was called on on short notice during a competitive game. Kitna's fist series ended with an interception but the damage was undone as Alex Smith answered with an interception of his own on the subsequent 49ers drive. Kitna settled in on his second drive, engineering a quick 18 yard drive that resulted in a game-tying touchdown throw to Miles Austin. Kitna's best throw came on a 33 yard toss to Kevin Ogletree. Unfortunately most of the gain was called back due to an Ogletree facemask penalty.
2010 Week 7 vs NYG (16 / 33 / 187 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna entered the game in the second quarter and did almost nothing until late in the fourth quarter. He had several passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He had a few attempts that were way off. He at least did a good job of protecting the ball by being aware of the pass rush and not throwing any risky passes. Most of Kitna's numbers came on drives late in the game in garbage time. His first touchdown came with 3 minutes left on a short pass to Dez Bryant that Bryant took around two defenders into the end zone. His second touchdown came with less than a minute left and was another short pass to Bryant that he took in stride 15 yards into the end zone. Kitna's favorite was Jason Witten and he did not show any real chemistry with Miles Austin.
2010 Week 8 vs JAX (34 / 49 / 379 / 1 / 4 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna was one of the few bright spots of the Dallas offense on Sunday against the Jaguars. Despite the score not being close, Kitna actually played fairly well in the loss. Kitna's first two interceptions came on balls that likely should have been caught by the Dallas receiver. Furthermore, he completed almost 70% of his passes for a respectable 7.7 yards per attempt. The main problem for Kitna and the Cowboys was an inability to complete drives and find the endzone. Kitna was only sacked twice and converted almost half of Dallas's third-down conversions. Unfortunately, the four interceptions doomed the Cowboys chances. Kitna had a number of good throws against Jacksonville and showed he can still play at a high level. His best throw came as the first half was winding down. Kitna threw a laser to Dez Bryant along the left sideline on an out route. The ball was perfectly placed so only Bryant could catch it. Kitna also had an excellent throw to Miles Austin in the back of the endzone behind two defenders, but Austin was not able to get his right foot down inbounds.
2010 Week 9 vs GB (19 / 30 / 183 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna's performance on Sunday night was really a microcosm of the entire Dallas Cowboys team in week 9. Uninspired, mistake prone, and in general not good enough. He started his night with an INT on an underthrown ball to Miles Austin. His 2nd INT was a pick six on a batted ball that went right into the hands of Clay Matthews Jr. The single bright spot for the Cowboys and Kitna was a late 2nd half TD drive where he essentially went to Dez Bryant over and over until they scored. One has to wonder how long they will stick with the vet as their season unravels. Stephen McGee is waiting in the wings.
2010 Week 10 vs NYG (13 / 22 / 327 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna had his second straight excellent game on Sunday, only this time it resulted in a win. Kitna's primary success came in not turning the ball over needlessly, not taking any sacks, and spreading the ball around to various receivers to keep the defense guessing. Kitna completed passes to seven different Cowboys and no more then 3 to any one player. His best pass came on a touchdown throw to Miles Austin wherein he threaded the ball perfectly between two defenders for a 24 yard score. His one interception came on a deep pass down the right sideline that came up a little short, allowing Deon Grant to pick it off. Otherwise, his mistakes were minimal in averaging nearly 15 yards per completion. Most interesting was Kitna's ability to find single-coverage and rifle the ball downfield before the safety could adjust to the open man. With the exception of the interception, all of Kitna's downfield throws were made to a place where only the Cowboys' receiver could make a play. He did have two balls sail on him over the head of both the receiver and the defense, but otherwise he was near flawless.
2010 Week 11 vs DET (18 / 24 / 147 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 40 / 1 rush)
If Jon Kitna keeps playing as he has the last three weeks, he's likely to be starting for another team next season. Despite being 38 years old, Kitna is playing some of the best football of his career right now. He is confident in his knowledge of the offense and trusting of his teammates and it shows; he once again spread the ball all over the field, utilizing most every pattern and every receiver on the roster to keep the Cowboys offense chugging. Kitna also showed some long-forgotten scrambling ability on the Cowboys final score of the day. Kitna's best throws on the day all came near the goalline. He completed one short touchdown to Dez Bryant on a quick slant to the outside and two close touchdowns to Miles Austin. On all three plays, Kitna correctly read the defense pre-snap and went to his hot-read for an easy score. The pass to Bryant was particularly impressive as Kitna took a one step drop and fired a rocket over the head of the defender to Bryant's outstretched arms. Kitna completed 75 percent of his passes and was responsible for four total touchdowns on the day.
2010 Week 12 vs NO (30 / 42 / 313 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna did everything that he needed to in order to win this game. Unfortunately, a great play by Malcolm Jenkins stole the momemtum that Dallas had built up for three quarters and prevented Dallas from putting the game away. Kitna worked the short and medium passing routes because the Saints took away anything deep to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. In fact, 18 of Kitna's 30 completions were for less than 10 yards. The interception that he threw in the first quarter was a short pass intended for Dez Bryant where Kitna faked the ball to one side of the field, and then turned and fired a short pass the other way. However, it was picked off at the defensive line and eventually led to another New Orleans score. Kitna also kept several drives alive with his ability to move around in the pocket and even scrambled a couple times for nice gains. Kitna's longest run came in the 1st quarter when the pocket was collapsing. Kitna took off up the middle and was able to break a nice 13 yard gain for a 1st down. Even when the Cowboys were down by 17, Kitna kept his composure and showed solid leadership in getting his team into position to win the game. Were it not for a couple great defensive plays, the Cowboys would have come away with a big victory.
2010 Week 13 vs IND (18 / 26 / 167 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 28 / 0 rush)
The pass happy Cowboys offense gave way to a rush heavy attach on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. As a result, Jon Kitna wasn't called on to win the game with his arm but rather to help control drives and protect the ball. For the second time in three weeks, Kitna had a long rush that showed the 38-year old journeyman quarterback to still be fleet of foot. He completed more then two thirds of his passes and made a nice throw through traffic from the two yard line to put the Cowboys up seven late in the fourth quarter. Kitna's best throws came when he stepped up in to the pocket or left the pocket all together. Kitna seems to understand that the Cowboys offense will only work as long as he stays upright. As a result, he is not holding on to the ball for a long time in the backfield, choosing instead to opt for the short, sure pass to Jason Witten or Dez Bryant instead of looking for a touchdown strike on every play as the Cowboys did earlier in the season. Kitna's best throws are coming between the seams, wherein he doesn't have to pivot his hips to another part of the field before making his throw.
2010 Week 14 vs PHI (24 / 35 / 242 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna had perhaps his most mixed game since taking over for Tony Romo. On the one hand, he was an efficient 24 of 35 to complete 68% of his passes for a respectable 6.9 yards per attempt. But he did throw two interceptions, one on a deep pass to Miles Austin and the other on a short route to Roy Williams. On more then one occasion he had a pass fly off target, so with a little luck the Eagles might have had at least one more interception. His best passes came on quick outs and slants to his tight ends. On these plays, Kitna correctly identified the direction of the pass rush and hooked up with Jason Witten or Martellus Bennett long before the Eagles had collapsed the pocket. Kitna does show a keen, veteran's awareness of the offense he is running and the defense working to stop him. And his arm is still lively enough that he can make most all of the throws on the field. The Cowboys' greatest problem, and that of Jon Kitna, is in making mistakes at inopportune moments such as third and short or when they have crossed midfield. It is rather uncanny to watch Kitna complete two thirds of his passes, convert ¼ of the team's third and fourth downs, earn 22 first downs, yet still only generate 349 yards of offense. The loss of Dez Bryant as a deep threat and, confusingly, Kitna's insistence on ignoring Miles Austin and Roy Williams downfield has limited the Cowboys ability to score quickly. As a result, Dallas runs in to serious trouble on the offensive side of the ball when they are playing a team like the Eagles that can score quickly.
2010 Week 15 vs WAS (25 / 37 / 305 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
Kitna had another excellent game in the Cowboys victory against the Redskins. He was calm under pressure and quick to find the open man rather then risk taking a sack. If there is one complaint to be made about Kitna's play in recent weeks it is that he does not throw the all downfield often or with much accuracy. That said, he is completing a high percentage of passes to his running backs and tight ends and constantly finds holes in the opposition's defense, allowing the Cowboys to extend drives in a way they weren't earlier in the season. Kitna was sacked twice but both came on plays where he stepped up in the pocket and thus did not lose much yardage. His best pass came on a touchdown throw to Miles Austin wherein he sold the out portion of an out-and-up with a pump fake and then found Austin wide open 4 yards in to the end zone.
2010 Week 16 vs ARI (12 / 20 / 115 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Kitna had a mixed game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. He opened the game with two successive drives ending in interceptions that were returned for touchdowns, thus placing the Cowboys in a 14-0 hole before five minutes had elapsed in the game. Kitna was not as accurate as he has been in recent weeks and had a harder time then normal getting the ball downfield to Jason Witten and Miles Austin. Kitna was injured on a sack in the second quarter (shoulder) and despite staying in the game until halftime, he gave way to Stephen McGee in the second half. Kitna's best pass came on a toss up the right seam to Martellus Bennett wherein he saw the blitzer, audibled, and made a quick toss to Bennett who then rumbled up field for an 11 yard gain.
2008 Week 1 vs ATL (24 / 33 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
After his team fell behind 21-0 in the second quarter Kitna was seen yelling at the offensive coaches on the sideline. After the tirade he rallied Detroit to two touchdowns before halftime, but there is only so much one player can do. Playing from behind throughout the entire game helped pump up his passing stats, which should happen on a fairly basis throughout the season if this game is any indication. Kitna completed 24 of 33 for 262 yards and two touchdowns and achieved a QB rating of 103.03 His lone interception came when he threw inside as Roy Williams continued down the seam. Lawyer Malloy dove and made a great pick just before the ball hit the ground.
2008 Week 2 vs GB (21 / 41 / 276 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna's day was a roller coaster of ups and downs. He was largely ineffective in the first half as he was regularly subjected to a relentless Packer pass rush that his offensive line seemed unable to control. When he was able to get the ball downfield, his normally sure-handed WRs (chiefly Roy Williams) seemed to drop just as many balls as they caught. In the second half, Kitna's day seemed to turn around as he fired more balls towards WR Calvin Johnson, connecting on two fourth quarter touchdowns (both of which were the result of spectacular plays by Johnson) Kitna's continued attempts to make something happen as the clock wound down ended up fatal to the Lions' chances, however, as he delivered three passes into Packers' hands, two of which were returned for back-breaking touchdowns.
2008 Week 3 vs SF (15 / 30 / 146 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna struggled to find his rhythm against Detroit, as he completed 15 of 30 passes for just 146 yards, one touchdown, an interception and a fumble. Kitna was unable to get anything going with his talented receiving corps, and the only Detroit touchdown of the game didn't come until late in the fourth quarter. Kitna hobbled off the field late in the game following a sack with an apparent leg injury.
2008 Week 5 vs CHI (8 / 16 / 74 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna struggled leading the Lions against the Bears. On the Lions' fourth drive when they finally started to move the ball, Kitna lost a costly fumble, and found himself benched in the second half of the game, it was reported that he was suffering from back spasms. Kitna ended the day with only 74 yards passing.
2007 Week 1 vs OAK (27 / 36 / 289 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kitna showed some decent mobility, avoiding a few sacks and rushing for 17 yards. More impressive is the way he spread the ball to eight different receivers, on his way to 289 yards and three passing touchdowns. Critics will point to the two interceptions, one in the end zone targeting Mike Furrey. Bottom line, the Lions won and Kitna was a major reason as to why.
2007 Week 2 vs MIN (22 / 33 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Without going overboard, there aren't enough words to describe the heart shown by Jon Kitna in the latter stages of this game. Kitna, who had earlier been knocked from the game with a concussion, stood and cheered on the sidelines for the better part of two quarters as the Lions established a lead. But when turnovers and spotty play allowed Minnesota back into the game, Kitna convinced the coaching staff to let him go back in. He immediately sparked the offense and greatly improved the passing game as if he had never left. Kitna then helped get the team into position for a late game field goal try that went awry. After Minnesota's own kicker also missed a potential game-winner, Kitna took over possession in the overtime session and really proved his mettle to the Detroit fans. He threw a pass that was batted in the air at the line of scrimmage, and actually caught it when it got back to him. Rather than dropping to the ground, Kitna took off up the right side looking for the first down marker. He later took off on a scramble for six yards on a third down play. On both occasions, Kitna sought out the marker rather than sliding and protecting himself, and on both occasions the extra yardage he fought for proved crucial. On one of the plays in particular, he seemed to be doing his best John Elway impersonation as he was upended and spun around in mid-air as the tackle was made. It was a very inspired effort by a player who was thought to be finished for the day. If nothing else, it really solidified the fact that Kitna is clearly the leader of this offense as well as the one player who makes everything work. Of his 33 pass attempts, there was really only one bad one. Granted, the outcome was an interception in the end zone that could have been very costly, but he directed this offense with Kurt Warner or Marc Bulger-esque efficiency. The Lions came out with four receivers while running a no-huddle offense, and marched downfield as if there were no defenders. Aside from a handful of plays where he took some big hits, the offensive line generally gave him ample time to find his guys and hook up for some big gains.
2007 Week 3 vs PHI (29 / 46 / 446 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Kitna and the Lions' passing offense got off to a quick start by hitting WR Roy Williams on 54 yard completion and WR Shaun McDonald on 21 yard pass, which help set up there first touchdown. Kitna would lead his team to its second touchdown late in the second quarter on an 80 yard drive. He would hit WR Shaun McDonald for an 11 yard reception for his first touchdown pass of the game. On the Lions' next possession, Kitna would get the ball to Williams again on a quick slant for a 91 yard touchdown, as Williams got behind the secondary and simply out ran the defenders. Because the Lions defense couldn't stop the Eagles, Kitna had to throw often in the first half. He finished with great numbers going 14 for 26 for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Lions found themselves down big early in the second half, but without Calvin Johnson, the Eagles were able to be a lot more effective in the second half in stopping the Lions' passing game. Kitna passed for another 132 yards in the second half, but was kept out of the end zone. He also had three turnovers, one interception and two fumbles, and was sacked eight times.
2007 Week 4 vs CHI (20 / 24 / 247 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kitna posted a quarterback rating of 137.3 for this game as he efficiently completed 84% of his 24 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Although he was sacked six times and faced a ferocious Chicago pass rush he did not throw an interception. He stood in as the Bears unleashed a vicious pass rush, took the hit, and found his open receivers. He was sacked six times and lost one fumble.
2007 Week 5 vs WAS (16 / 29 / 106 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Kitna took what the defense gave him, bumps and bruises on five sacks along with the short stuff. He completed 16 of 29 for an abysmal 3.65 yards per attempt. The five sacks came primarily due to failures by the offensive line. While there were a couple of drops, the Lions were playing from behind as they only had six plays total in the first quarter. The Washington Redskins defense seemed to confuse and frustrate Kitna, as he threw two interceptions and fumbled three times, losing two.
2007 Week 7 vs TB (16 / 20 / 147 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Once again, Kitna failed to put up eye-popping statistics for his fantasy owners. But what he did do for his real team was win another ballgame. One truly gets the sense that Kitna leads the team in every conceivable way. There he was again in this game, lunging for a first down and being spun around like a helicopter after a head-first dive. Another play that will go largely unnoticed in the stat sheet was on a simple handoff to Kevin Jones. Typically, a quarterback will hand the ball off to his running back and follow through by continuing to run away from the play. After Jones' run, the replay angle showed that Kitna handed the ball to Jones and immediately spun around back towards the line of scrimmage to seek out any potential tacklers. It's that kind of commitment to team that really typifies Kitna, and it shouldn't go unnoticed. As for the mediocre stat line, a lot of that has to do with the fact that Tampa Bay was on the field for far more time than the Lions were. The Buccaneers marched up and down the field very methodically, completing over 80% of its passes and rushing for five yards at a clip. Those sorts of numbers lend themselves to sustained drives, and it really prevented Detroit from putting much of anything together. One noticeable issue with Kitna was that he appeared too willing to take a sack at key moments. When he would take a deep drop, he often had a lot more time to throw and would usually find someone downfield. But when he is forced to step up in the pocket, you may as well call it a sack or an incomplete pass. Because far more often than not, that sort of play resulted in zero gain. Kitna was bailed out of a fumble early in the game that went for a touchdown the other way. The Lions challenged the original call, and replays confirmed that it was in fact, an incomplete forward pass.
2007 Week 8 vs CHI (24 / 35 / 268 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kitna went four for six in the first quarter for 45 yards and tried to go deep a couple of times. They did draw a long pass interference penalty, but struggled to make any big plays in the passing game early. Kitna only had 45 passing yards until putting together a long drive late in the second quarter and had 59 yards passing in an eight play 93 yard touchdown drive. The Lions passing game looked sluggish in the first half until putting together that long touchdown drive late in the second quarter. Kitna would lead Detroit into field goal range with about a minute left in the half. He finished the half with 11 for 15 for 143 yards passing. Kitna would play a solid second half, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. He went 13 for 20 for 125 yards in the half, and had no turnovers. The Lions offense moved the ball, but only managed three points in the second half.
2007 Week 9 vs DEN (16 / 31 / 252 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Kitna began the game second in the NFL with a 69.4 percent completion percentage. Although he completed just over 50 percent of his passes, he had an efficient game. Kitna threw two touchdown passes. They were his first touchdowns since week 4. Kitna's orchestration of the offense kept the Broncos defense off balance, especially early in the game when Detroit opened a commanding lead. At one point, Kitna completed nine consecutive pass attempts. Kitna's sneak pushed the pile up the middle for five yards on his lone rushing attempt and converted a third and four into a first down
2007 Week 10 vs ARI (32 / 45 / 294 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna's stats were aided by the team playing catch up for most of the game. He was harassed often by the Cardinal pass rush, with many of his passes thrown short over the middle. His two touchdown tosses were to Roy Williams and were seven yards each, He tossed them into the end zone and allowed Williams to jump high to retrieve them over the defender. Kitna was intercepted twice and fumbled three times losing two of them.
2007 Week 11 vs NYG (28 / 43 / 377 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna struggled in catch up mode today as he completed 28 of his 43 passes for 377 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Playing from behind and abandoning the run, Kitna was called upon to make the comeback and came up just short. He hit receiver Calvin Johnson on the Lions only scoring touchdown of the game and tried to go deep late in the game for the go ahead touchdown, however came up short and was intercepted by the Giants' James Butler.
2007 Week 12 vs GB (19 / 40 / 224 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Kitna salvaged what would have been a terrible game from a fantasy perspective with some late yardage and a touchdown. While that doesn't hide how poorly he played in the game, it does serve as a reminder of how explosive this passing offense is and how well Kitna can do for your fantasy team even if he's not lighting it up for the Lions in real life. He completed less than 50% of his passes for just over five yards per attempt, but he put up decent fantasy numbers simply by sheer volume. His favorite target by far was Calvin Johnson, who saw 15 of the 40 passes Kitna heaved up. And the two hooked up for the aforementioned late touchdown on a pass that Kitna really threaded between defenders for the six yard score. But that was really where all the positives end for Kitna, at least in this game. He overthrew Roy Williams on a deep ball that would have gone for 50+ yards, he misfired several passes downfield that resulted in incompletions, and has very little idea of pocket presence. He'll rush one throw into the ground when there isn't a single defender around him on one play, but then he'll hold onto the football about five minutes too long on the next. And Kitna, who is closing in on the world record for taking third down sacks, must do a better job of helping his team avoid the one big penalty/sack/loss of yardage/turnover that ends up killing far too many drives for this team. It's obvious that there is a lot of talent and a lot of explosiveness here, and they can move the ball 70 yards almost at will. But they get hit with one negative play per drive more than any team in the league, and those turn out to be absolute killers in the grand scheme of things. And those issues start under center with the quarterback.
2007 Week 13 vs MIN (27 / 36 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna started the game well, finding receivers in soft spot, and throwing on target. However, once the Vikings started to bring pressure, Kitna soon became rattled. He battled through the pressure, but suffered an interception due as a direct result of the pressure. Since the Lions did not bother running the ball, Kitna was able to put up decent yardage numbers purely on the number of chances he had.
2007 Week 14 vs DAL (22 / 36 / 248 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna led an effective Lions passing attack by spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. Kitna took advantage of the Lions plan to keep the defense off balance by establishing the run early and involving the TE in the passing game. The combination of these two in the first quarter served to open up the passing attack in the final three quarters as Kitna began to involve his receivers more. Kitna was especially effective between the 20s, but was unable to connect on any of his three opportunities when they twice had the ball on the one yard line. The offensive did a good job of protecting Kitna as he was only under pressure once.
2007 Week 15 vs SD (26 / 45 / 302 / 2 / 5 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna's 300 passing yards and two touchdowns look great until you keep looking across the stat column and see five interceptions. While one of the picks wasn't entirely his fault (a deflected pass off of a Calvin Johnson drop), the other four were most definitely Kitna's fault. Several of the passes were awful decisions and the pass should have never been made in the first place. The touchdown drives were just that, two isolated drives that helped to salvage his stats. Forty-nine of his yards came on a heave to Calvin Johnson that ended the first half. Johnson made a nice adjustment on the ball, but was tackled at the one yard line, just shy of the end zone. All in all, it wasn't a good performance from Kitna despite the big numbers. About the biggest positive that can be taken from Kitna's performance is that he wasn't sacked at all. But considering most fantasy leagues don't penalize for getting sacked, it's likely that several of his owners would trade a few of those interceptions for a handful of sacks. The Detroit offense looked so bewildered out there that by the end of the game, Kitna was seen staring blankly into space from the sideline. It pretty well typified not only this game, but the past month or so for the Lions in general.
2007 Week 16 vs KC (9 / 16 / 115 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Kitna is a strong and enthusiastic player, but lately he has not demonstrated the skill to take the Lions to the playoffs. He completed only nine of 16 pass attempts for just 115 yards. That just does not seem right for a team with Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator. He also threw one interception and had one fumble (recovered by Detroit). Kitna is missing his main receiver, Roy Williams, and he does not seem to be near the team leader he was early in the season.
2007 Week 17 vs GB (22 / 48 / 246 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
On a chilly day at Lambeau Field, Kitna struggled to complete passes to his receivers. His 46% completion percentage was a season low and this was the sixth game of the year in which he had at least two interceptions. Despite his problems throwing the football, Kitna did lead the Lions on a 94 yard touchdown drive that he capped with a 30 yard scoring toss to WR Shaun McDonald. His numbers could have been better as he had a number of passes fall incomplete that hit their targets in the hands.
2006 Week 1 vs SEA (21 / 37 / 229 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna was met with boos from the home crowd at Ford Field as he left at halftime. He was unable to keep drives alive and convert third downs with the pass all game long. Kitna missed many open receivers simply from inaccuracy. However, he didn't make game changing mistakes.
2006 Week 2 vs CHI (23 / 30 / 230 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Kitna was extremely accurate on the afternoon finishing 23 of 30 for 230 yards against a tough Bears' defense. Kitna score the team's lone touchdown on a one yard plunge in the third quarter. His fumble on the team's first possession was his only turnover on the day but proved to be a costly one. He was sacked six times.
2006 Week 3 vs GB (25 / 40 / 342 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
Kitna threw for his first touchdown of the season, a 37 yard pass in the first quarter to RB Shawn Bryson. He later added another scoring pass to WR Roy Williams, his favorite target of the day. Kitna completed over 60% of his passes and racked up over 300 yards, his highest total as a Lion and the most passing yards in any game of his career. The last time he topped the 300 yard mark was in 2003, when Kitna was in Cincinnati. Kitna was throwing strongly, but some of his passes were a bit off target. Some receivers that were open were either thrown over or behind on more than one occasion. Overall Kitna had a good game as a passer. He also added 18 yards rushing, with most of those coming on two runs in the second half.
2006 Week 4 vs STL (29 / 43 / 280 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna's two turnovers in the first quarter lead directly to ten points and put Detroit in an early hole. Still, he was able to rally the Lions back to take the lead at halftime and finished the game with 280 yards passing and two touchdowns. He got Detroit in position to tie the game and force overtime when an interference penalty put the ball on the Rams' one yard line with :16 left. The referees then overruled the play and called it an incomplete pass, and Kitna's 37 yard fourth down pass to Roy Williams was completed but just a yard out of the end zone.
2006 Week 5 vs MIN (23 / 42 / 225 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 8 / 1 rush)
Kitna's game started off well enough, despite losing his top target (Roy Williams) to injury on the third play of the game. Kitna was spreading the ball around, threw and ran a touchdown, and generally looked able to make the plays necessary despite being under intense pressure. About the only issue was an interception, but even that wasn't entirely Kitna's fault as the ball tipped off WR Mike Furrey's hands. That was the early going. In the fourth quarter, it all fell apart for Kitna. He was sacked near his own goal line and fumbled the football away, where it was recovered by the Vikings for a touchdown. On Detroit's last gasp drive, Kitna was under intense pressure again on fourth down and he tried a desperation flip to RB Kevin Jones that was intercepted and run the other way for another defensive touchdown. He then was intercepted on a Hail Mary bomb to close out the offensive plays in the game, making his final stat line look awful. In truth, Kitna played pretty much the same as he's played the whole season, except now he had to do so without his best offensive weapon. He nearly took a safety on one occasion, and faced a ton of pressure from all sides throughout the contest, though that is par for the course in Mike Martz's offense. Several times, Kitna took some hellacious shots that sent him sprawling, something to possibly keep in mind for Kitna's ability to make it through the whole season. He did show good elusiveness on his touchdown run, an eight yard draw up the middle that really caught the Viking defense by surprise. His other touchdown was on a pass over the middle to TE Dan Campbell, though it should be noted that Campbell appeared to fumble the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by Dominic Raiola. Expect the NFL to consider changing the official scoring on the play from a passing touchdown to a fumble recovery touchdown.
2006 Week 6 vs BUF (24 / 36 / 278 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Kitna began the game second in the NFL with 1,306 passing yards. He completed two thirds of his passes for 278 yards and one touchdown and averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt. Kitna threw early and often (17 times) to Roy Williams, who had a career game. Williams caught Kitna's 28 yard touchdown pass right before halftime. Kitna was seven for seven on the scoring drive. Kitna later threw one interception on a deep pass attempt for Williams. The pass was underthrown, allowing Ko Simpson to make it across the field and pick the ball off. Overall, Kitna had an efficient game. However, the interception could have proven costly as the Lions were trying to hold a lead and avoid another fourth quarter collapse.
2006 Week 7 vs NYJ (22 / 36 / 269 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kitna put up some very big numbers mainly through repetition. The fact that Detroit threw the ball so much, especially in the second half, meant Kitna was going to put up big yardage numbers. The Lions trailed the entire game, thanks to the inability of the defense to stop the Jets at all. One could make the case that even though Detroit's defense is terrible, it has been Jon Kitna's best friend as far as fantasy stats go. Kitna himself looked very good at times, and even showed an added wrinkle of elusiveness in the pocket. He was able to avoid the rush with some nifty moves on a couple of occasions, and bought himself extra time several times. Kitna focused on Mike Furrey a lot in the second half, but his three touchdowns went to three different receivers. The first score was a nice grab by Roy Williams gliding across the back end line of the end zone. The second was a shovel pass to Kevin Jones, who made a great effort to get in. The third one was another exceptional effort by his receiver, as Mike Furrey laid out and dragged his feet to score the final touchdown of the game. Kitna was intercepted twice and nearly intercepted on two other occasions, but one of his picks came off a deflection (though granted, it was still a poor throw). Kitna lost 21 yards passing on a screen to Kevin Jones that was negated by penalty. On a second half completion, he went over 20,000 passing yards for his career.
2006 Week 9 vs ATL (20 / 32 / 321 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Kitna continued his streak of throwing for at least 225 yards in each game, and found the end zone for the sixth straight game. By completing 63% of his passes for an average of just over ten yards per attempt, Kitna finished with a passer rating of 93.4. Kitna made good decisions, and benefited from the playmaking skills of Roy Williams and ability of Mike Furrey to get open and make the tough catch.
2006 Week 10 vs SF (19 / 30 / 202 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 27 / 0 rush)
Kitna spent most of the afternoon holding on to the ball for extended periods of time as the 49ers' defense confused him with coverage. He finished with 202 yards and a touchdown as well as an interception. He completed 19 of 30 attempts and had an opportunity to put the team ahead in the fourth quarter but threw a key interception that sealed the team's fate.
2006 Week 11 vs ARI (23 / 38 / 248 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Though Kitna surpassed the 200 yard mark for the tenth time this season, Kitna failed to throw a touchdown pass in losing to the Cardinals. Kitna finished with a passer rating of 68.8, despite completing greater than 60 percent of his passes, with an average yards per completion of over 6.5 yards. While Kitna was charged with one interception, it was on a tipped ball early in the game, though it was in the red zone at a point where the Lions had just gained significant momentum off a blocked punt. Kitna went 13 of 18 in the second half for 160 yards after going just ten of 20 for 88 yards in the first half.
2006 Week 12 vs MIA (22 / 40 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna started strong, completing long passes to primary WR Roy Williams and finding the end zone on the team's first offensive possession. The Dolphins adjusted and Kitna found himself under constant pressure throughout the balance of the game. He looked good on an early fourth quarter drive, completing five straight passes in the hurry up offense, but he lost a fumble just shy of the Miami red zone to end the drive. Kitna finished completing 22 of 40 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
2006 Week 13 vs NE (22 / 38 / 314 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Kitna directed an eleven play 85 yard drive on the second Lions' possession. He hooked up with WR Mike Furrey three times on the drive including a five yard touchdown. Kitna did a good job of putting the ball up high and away from the defense where only Furrey could make a play on the ball. Kitna and the Lions' offense were aided by two turnovers from Detroit in the third quarter that allowed them to take the lead, but two fourth quarter interceptions and a lost fumble from Kitna prevented Detroit from being able to close the door on the Patriots. The final interception was a horrendous decision and mistake that ended the game. Kitna unloaded a pass intended for nobody in particular down the sideline trying to avoid a sack near the sideline.
2006 Week 14 vs MIN (28 / 41 / 294 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna and Lions' offense struggled in the first half as he went nine for 14 for 80 yards in the half. The Lions had trouble converting third downs and keeping the offense on the field. Detroit rushed for -12 yards in the first half, which allowed the Vikings drop back in pass coverage and rush Kitna in obvious passing situation, making his job much more difficult. He didn't get much help from his receivers as they had trouble hanging onto the ball. On the Lions' second drive of the game; he threw a bad interception to Dwight Smith which eventually resulted in seven points for the Vikings. The second half started poorly for Kitna as he had the ball stripped from him on the Lions' first possession of the second half. His second turnover of the half came when Kitna tried to hit Roy Williams, but he threw it behind him, and the ball was tipped up and intercepted by Cedric Griffin. Kitna came back on the next drive and led the Lions down the field and hit Kevin Jones on 23 yard touchdown pass. Kitna threw his third interception of the game with about a minute left in the game. He did have much better numbers in the second half as he was 19 for 27 for 214 yards, but turnovers and lack of running game really hurt the team's ability to put points on the board.
2006 Week 15 vs GB (16 / 26 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 7 / 34 / 0 rush)
Jon Kitna completed 16 of 26 for 135 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. He was sacked six times, lost one fumble, but showed courage in the face of the relentless Packers' pass rush. He gained 34 yards on the ground while mostly running for his life.
2006 Week 16 vs CHI (27 / 45 / 283 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Kitna was brought to task recently for his quarterback play lately. He responded with a good overall effort, collecting 283 yards while completing 60% of his passes. He spread his passes around quite a bit, but gave up the ball during crunch time near the end of the game. That was his 30th turnover this year. If he remains with the team during the off season, he will probably be looking at a top rookie quarterback getting selected next year for the Lions.
2006 Week 17 vs DAL (28 / 42 / 306 / 4 / 1 pass, 5 / 25 / 0 rush)
During the game, Kitna surpassed the 4,000 yard passing mark for the first time in his career. His 306 yards gave him a total of 4,208 yards for the season. Kitna's season high four touchdown passes left him with 21 for the year. Although Kitna threw only one interception, he could have had three others. Roy Williams intercepted Kitna's pass on the first play of the game and returned it for a touchdown. However, the play was overturned by a penalty. Williams later dropped an easy interception in the end zone after the Lion receiver had fallen down. Bobby Carpenter also had a potential interception sail off his fingertips. Considering that he was given little help with the rushing offense, Kitna had a pretty effective game. After throwing one interception in the first half and nearly throwing two others, Kitna took care of the ball and led the Lions to the victory. He was 15 of 23 for 176 yards and two touchdowns after halftime. Kitna showed the ability to run the ball and pick up first downs when necessary. He scrambled five times for 25 yards and was able to keep several drives moving with his feet.
2005 Week 16 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Kitna entered the action down by ten with 30 seconds left in the game and played three snaps. He was sacked by Aaron Schobel on the final play of the game.
2005 Week 17 vs KC (13 / 24 / 76 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Kitna had not been in many game situations over the past two years and he looked rusty while he was out there. He has a good resume and has enjoyed success as a quarterback in the league in the past, but he does not appear to be a passer to be counted on in the important upcoming games. He was picked off twice during the game and his passes were often off target.