Head Coach Jim Schwartz says that from looking back at the last three games, it is clear his team has the ability to play and win, but self-inflicting errors are costing the Lions victories.
This week, the Lions started the game 7-0 after a Corey Williams interception led to a 5-yard touchdown from Shaun Hill to Tony Scheffler. Following that drive, however, a muffed punt gave the Vikings the ball at the Lions’ 24-yard line and quarterback Brett Favre quickly capitalized with a touchdown to Percy Harvin to tie the game.
Schwartz: “Obviously (our own errors) played a big part in this game – particularly the first half – honestly keeping Minnesota in the game.”
A missed field goal and big plays negated due to penalty on both offense and defense also contributed to Detroit falling behind.
Schwartz: “We have playmakers, we can’t afford to have stuff called back due to penalties, no matter what the penalty – no matter how it’s called. We’re good enough to not be in that situation. Our penalties are aggressive penalties and some of those they’re going to call. We need to do a better job of it.”
The message Schwartz delivered to his team following the game placed an emphasis on Detroit’s ability to compete.
Schwartz: “I think if you look at our first three games, I think it’s obvious that we have enough ability to play. We have some big-time injuries that we’re dealing with right now, but even with that we’re still fighting and putting ourselves in positions where we have chances. We need to get over the hump; we need to be able to make plays that win us the game rather than have the play that cost us an opportunity at the game.”
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