DETROIT (Ticker) --
enjoyed the finest moment of his career with Steve Mariucci as his coach. He also endured one of his most bizarre moments under Mariucci.
Owens faces his former coach for the second time Sunday when the
battle the surprising
In San Francisco, Owens played for Mariucci from 1997-2002. Owens' biggest moment under Mariucci came in a 1998 wild card game against the
Green Bay Packers
when he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass over the middle with three seconds remaining in a dramatic 30-27 victory.
But the temperamental Owens also clashed with his former coach at times. He received a one-game suspension from Mariucci during the 2000 season for "showboating" after catching two touchdown passes in a game at Dallas.
While he was still in San Francisco last season, Owens went up against Mariucci and the Lions and had five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 victory.
Now the brash Owens is making his impact with the Eagles, becoming the playmaker that quarterback
had been lacking.
Through two games, Owens has 12 catches for 147 yards and four touchdowns. Last season, the duo of
combined for three TDs all season.
Owens had a 45-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of last Monday's 27-16 victory over the
The presence of Owens has helped McNabb, who has completed 45-of-64 passes (70.3 percent) for 575 yards and six TDs with no interceptions.
"I've always said we have other weapons on this team," McNabb said. "
' presence opens a lot for the other guys."
Philadelphia is 2-0 for the first time since winning its first four games in 1993. Last year, the Eagles started out 0-2.
In his second season in Detroit, Mariucci is starting to turn around the Lions, who are 2-0 for the first time since 2000. Detroit last won its first three games in 1980, when it started 4-0.
Mariucci has watched quarterback
, the third overall pick in 2002, begin to mature. He has completed 32-of-51 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions in two games.
Harrington has been helped by wide receiver
, the seventh overall pick in April's draft. The rookie had two touchdown catches in last week's 28-16 win over Houston and has eight receptions for 142 yards and two scores.
"We've won just two games, that's all," Williams said. "Come back in the 14th game when we have a winning record and I'll show more excitement."
Matchup to watch: Williams vs. left cornerback
Series: Tied 12-12-2.
Next week: Philadelphia visits Chicago, October 3 Detroit has its bye