Lions buried under avalanche of mistakes 40-14

No, this isn't a fire drill, but the way the Detroit Lions receivers were juggling the football on Sunday at Lambeau Field, you might have thought it was on fire. Lions' receivers Az-Zahir Hakim, and in particular Bill Schroeder, had a difficult time holding on to passes.

Stop. Drop. Roll.

No, this isn't a fire drill, but the way the Detroit Lions receivers were juggling the football on Sunday at Lambeau Field, you might have thought it was on fire.

Instead of catching the football, Detroit's Az-Zahir Hakim and Bill Schroeder played fast and loose with the pigskin resulting in several turnovers and missed opportunites. Green Bay's Brett Favre took full advantage of the situation, pushing the Packers to a 30-7 halftime lead and eventually a 40-14 win over the Lions.

With Detroit trying to make the score respectable, Joey Harrington spiked the ball with :01 second left on the clock. Then, Harrington found Schroeder streaking open at the goal line and put a perfect stike in his hands.

He dropped it.

Schroeder (unofficially four drops) had a bullseye on his back all day long and it showed in his play. Green Bay was prepared to punish Schroeder, who was never a fan favorite because of his propensity to drop the football. Schroeder missed the first Detroit/Green Bay contest in Detroit due to injury.

Several Green Bay players were highly critical of Schroeder's play including Marques Anderson, who was the beneficiary of a pass from Harrington that went through the hands of Schroeder and into the arms of Anderson who returned it for a touchdown.

"I don't want to say I hope he would have caught any passes,'' said Green Bay safety Darren Sharper, who said fans were calling for him to put a big hit on Schroeder. "I like to keep him 0-for-whatever he was, like we did today.''

Harrington tried to cover for Schroeder by stepping up to take the blame. "It's my fault. I have to put the ball in a better position." Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg also tried to defend Schroeder. "Bill's fighting through some things,'' Mornhinweg said. "I know he expected to play very well, and I expected him to play well. We need him and we have to get him going.''

But Green Bay's Anderson said Schroeder knew what was going on. "He had his head on a swivel,'' Anderson said.

Contrast Schroeder's play with that of Donald Driver, the man who replaced him in Green Bay. Driver caught 11 balls for 130 yards including several in traffic over the middle. After Joey Harrington's bomb to Az Hakim put Detroit up 7-3, Green Bay didn't panic.

That didn't change when Robert Porcher sacked Favre, causing him to fumble. Favre recovered his fumble and then completed the drive two plays later, hitting Bubba Franks to give Green Bay a 10-7 lead. The Packers scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to the route.

The lone bright spot in the contest was James Stewart's 15 carry, 122 yard performance including a 56-yard romp. Stewart continues to excel in Detroit's underrated run game. Despite the blowout defeat, losses by both Chicago (2-7) and Minnesota (2-7) keep Detroit (3-6) all alone in second place in the NFC North.

Detroit will now prepare to host the New York Jets(4-5), a 13-10 winner over Miami in a 4:00 EST start next Sunday at Ford Field where Detroit has won its last three games this season.

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