Good Morning and ROOOAAARRR!!!!
In some ways, Detroit probably hoped this week could be a coronation of sorts. A chance to clinch a playoff berth -- a divisional title -- in front of a nationally televised audience on "Monday Night Football."
Instead, the Lions might be playing Monday night to merely survive.
This is what happens after losing three of four games, including having fourth-quarter leads in all three of those losses. Add to that two other divisional teams that won't go away and there's now a legitimate playoff race for Detroit to contend with.
"Obviously we are in a race for the division title," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "We have three games to play. You say it all the time that you can’t really worry about what’s happened in the past. You have to keep your eyes focused on the future.
"It starts Monday night with the Ravens. That’s about all you can really say about that.”
They might not want to worry about what has happened before, but they every reason to be concerned about how that past has set up a pressure-filled present if they want a playoff future.
And now a look around the Interwebs for Lions news:
Nate Burleson goes to do some charity work -- gets criticized by a fan about the Lions' play. Inside LeSean McCoy's 57-yard touchdown run. Darius Slay had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Schwartz doesn't know what to tell his players about penalties.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press followed the Lions around as they shopped with children (video).
The Lions' defense isn't soft. It just played poorly, writes Chris McCosky in the Detroit News.
Kyle Meinke of MLive says the coaching hasn't been good enough.