Good morning and ROOOOOAAAARRR!!!!
Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz went into full-on "Sunday is no more important than any other Sunday game against a divisional opponent" mode Monday during his weekly press conference as the team began preparing to face the Chicago Bears.
Schwartz has to do that, in some respect. He's still dealing with a team not used to winning, not used to playing in these types of games on this level. And in the reality of a long season, where one significant injury this early can alter so much, Schwartz has a point when the season isn't a month old.
But a victory Sunday provides a small amount of separation in what could be a tight NFC North.
"That would be the same in Week 9, that would be the same in Week 2. They’re all great opportunities," Schwartz said. "I’m certainly not downplaying the importance of any game, but we treat them all with respect. We want to win every single one. I talk about NFC games, because when you do get to the end of the year, that’s one of the tiebreakers. I think I’ve been very candid about how I feel about some things that don’t have anything to do with tiebreakers.
"NFC North games mean an awful lot, because No. 1, it’s a chance for you to win a game, but No. 2, it’s a chance to put a loss on one of your opponents without having somebody else have to help you do it. They’re certainly important. I’m not up here to tell you it’s not."
But this game, with this team, seems to have the feeling of a breakthrough -- if the Lions able to pull it off.
And now, with that in mind, a look around the Interwebs at what's written about the Lions:
Our coverage from Monday starts with Joey Fatone and Joseph Fauria. A look at numbers from Sunday's win and an overall review. Rookie watch, and perhaps another one to pay attention to -- Devin Taylor. As for Reggie Bush this Sunday? Schwartz says "we'll see."
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that Schwartz isn't concerned, for now, about first place.
Kyle Meinke of MLive writes that running back Mikel Leshoure -- remember him? -- just isn't in Detroit's plans.