Oil and water

PackerReport.com's Steve Lawrence points out in his column the difference between Lions' wide receiver Roy Williams and Packers tight end Bubba Franks. While Franks was humble after a poorly played game last Sunday, Williams has anything but humble, despite Detroit's pop-gun out-put this year.

The Green Bay Packers are six-and-a-half point underdogs to the Detroit Lions for Sunday's clash of 0-2 teams. That's the same Lions team that has scored 13 points – or six-and-a-half per game – this season.

So that's the bad news.

The good news? The Packers don't have Roy Williams as a wide receiver.

In case you missed it, the day after Detroit lost its season opener 9-6 to Seattle, Williams said: "It was stupid how close we were to putting 40 points on the board."

In the same delusional rant, Williams guaranteed a victory over the Chicago Bears.

The Lions came "stupid close" to making Williams sound like Joe Namath. Oh, wait, the Lions lost 34-7, and Williams made himself sound even more foolish when he said the Bears "did nothing special" in their dominating win.

But Williams played like a champion. At least he thought so, demonstratively celebrating first-down catches with the Lions trailing 10-0 and 24-7.

Here's Williams' conversation with Detroit Free-Press columnist Mitch Albom.

Albom: "Shouldn't poses like that wait until things are looking better?"

Williams: "I celebrate first downs all the time. I'm not gonna stop that. I'm an exciting player. If I do something exciting, I'm gonna show my actions."

Albom: "But you were losing, 10-0."

Williams: "What does that mean? That means nothing to me. The score means nothing." The Packers might be bad, but at least the score means something to veterans like Bubba Franks – who apologized in the locker room after playing poorly in Sunday's loss – and most of his teammates.

"He made it sound like the loss was all his fault, and it wasn't," Favre said during his postgame news conference. "But that's the sign of a good player. I'll take Bubba any day of the week."

For the Packers' sake, let's hope their many young players follow Franks' example of humble leadership rather than emulate the me-first, blowhard attitude of Williams.

Editor's note: Steve Lawrence is a frequent contributor to PackerReport.com. E-mail him at steve_lawrence_packers@yahoo.com.


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