Straight talk from Driver

Lower numbers don't bother receiver, but loss to Lions gets Driver down

Donald Driver isn't afraid to go up after a pass, knowing he's going to get clobbered on the way down. And he isn't afraid to call it like he sees it after his team suffered an embarrassing 22-14 loss to the Detroit Lions Thursday at Ford Field.

After the game, Driver was asked if he thought the Packers overlooked the Lions, who came in with a dismal 3-8 record.

"We came in here overconfident," Driver said. "We though we could come in and beat these guys and go home and be 7-5. Instead, they are 4-8 and we are sitting at 6-6."

Driver had four catches for 47 yards, including three catches in the second half. His 20-yard reception in the third quarter moved the Packers into Lions territory for the first time in the second half, and set up Favre's next pass to Javon Walker for a 45-yard touchdown.

That gave Green Bay its only lead at 14-13 with under four minutes to play in the third quarter. But the mood and the momentum didn't last.

"We had the opportunity to do something today and the Lions wanted it more than we did," Driver said.

The receiver's 2003 numbers are well below his pace from a year ago, when he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and was a Pro Bowl selection. Through 12 games, Driver has 39 catches for 407 yards. He has just one touchdown, compared to nine last season. The drop in production has little to do with Driver and much more to do with the good news coming from the ground game, Ahman Green's versatility, and the improvement of fellow receiver Robert Ferguson.

Repeatedly asked about a drop in opportunities, Driver has steadfastly refused to complain. Thursday, however, Driver showed a rare disgruntled side.

"Our goal was to come in here and win and we stunk up the place."


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