(DETROIT) - A look at the statistics reveal the miserable performance by the Detroit Lions offense. Joey Harrington's 12-of-23 for 101 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception and a 60.2 passer rating. Artose Pinner's six carry for 7 yards performance as the starting running back just isn't going to cut it.
The Green Bay Packers followed a familiar tactic, crowd the line of scrimmage, take away the underneath routes and make the Lions throw the ball to beat you.
Without rookie Roy Williams, the one game changing player on the field, Detroit had no answers for the scheme. The loss of Stephen Alexander to injury exacerbated the situation.
Adding insult to injury, Joey Harrington, sensing the game slipping away from him, pressed the issue too soon. On the first series of the third quarter he threw the dreaded GLI (Game Losing Interception) and just like that, all the momentum and good vibrations that the Lions 3-1 record had generated deteriorated into negativity.
Still, there were some solid performances worthy of noting. Veteran Earl Holmes was solid against the run. Holmes, who benefitted from some stellar play up front by Dan Wilkinson and Shaun Rogers, recorded 14 tackles and 1 pass defensed. Holmes, unlike some of his teammates, gave it every thing he had, playing inspired defense.
Eddie Drummond consistently put the Lions on a short field with six outstanding kickoff returns, averaging 30.3 per return and a great 58 yard return into Packers territory. The former Penn State standout added 48 more yards on two punt returns.
Give the gameball to Drummond and an "attaboy" to Holmes for not quitting, showing up to play and giving outstanding effort in a bad loss.
Drummond, Holmes tried to change momentum
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