(WNFL) - Just before the end of yesterday's loss at Detroit, Green Bay Packers' radio announcer Wayne Larrivee asked if Aaron Rodgers plays defense. He doesn't, of course. But Larrivee was referring to the defensive struggles that have bubbled to the surface ever since the Packers' star quarterback went out with a broken collarbone almost a month ago. Those problems were magnified in yesterday's 40-to-10 Green Bay loss to the Lions which may have knocked the Packers out of playoff contention. The Packer defense forced four turnovers -- but as the radio announcers pointed out, the Green Bay "D" was still manhandled throughout the game. And the returns of injured starters Johnny Jolly, Sam Shields, and Nick Perry didn't help. The Lions held the ball over two-thirds of the game, while racking up 561 total yards. Afterward, both players and coaches in the Green Bay locker room cited a litany of blown assignments and missed tackles. Second-year defensive end Mike Daniels said the defense needs to get tougher -- and he said the message was sent by Lions' linebacker DeAndre Levy. The former Wisconsin Badger placed a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Ryan Taylor. The Lions converted 9-of-12 third downs and burned the Packer defense for eight plays of 20-yards-or-more. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will most likely get more of the blame, but linebacker A-J Hawk said quote, "It's not his fault we're letting (opponents) run down our throat.
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