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Schroeder's Return Is Far From a Hit

November 11, 2002|From Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. — With the Green Bay Packers holding a 37-point lead, the Lambeau Field crowd had just one request for Darren Sharper.

They wanted to him to put a hit on former teammate Bill Schroeder during the Packers' 40-14 rout of the Lions on Sunday.

"People in the stands were yelling at me to take a shot at him and hit him," Sharper said. "But he didn't catch any passes, so I didn't get an opportunity to."

Schroeder dropped three passes, one of which was intercepted by Marques Anderson -- a rookie safety out of UCLA -- and returned for a touchdown. Schroeder, who signed with the Lions as a free agent after seven seasons with the Packers, also bobbled away a pass in the end zone as time expired.

"I like to keep him oh-for-whatever he was, like we did today," Sharper said.

The shutout of Schroeder was the icing for Green Bay, which improved its NFL-best record to 8-1 while taking a five-game lead over second-place Detroit (3-6) in the NFC North.

Brett Favre's sprained left knee gave him no problems in his second start since getting hurt, as he threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns.

"Green Bay put a football clinic on today," Lion Coach Marty Mornhinweg said.

The only negative for Green Bay was injuries to running backs Ahman Green (mild concussion) and Najeh Davenport (sprained ankle). Green had 12 carries for 50 yards and didn't play after halftime. Davenport gained 73 yards in 10 carries before getting hurt in the third quarter.

Donald Driver caught a career-high 11 passes for 130 yards in Green Bay's seventh consecutive victory -- their longest streak in the regular season since 1963.

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