It has been an exciting week for Lions fans.
After a thrilling come-from-behind win over Dallas, Detroit is in the driver's seat with eight games left to win the division.
Currently, the Lions are in a three-way tie with the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, all holding a 5-3 record.
Detroit, however, holds the tiebreaker with a 4-2 conference record. That means the Lions carry their own destiny.
"November and December is when the pretenders separate themselves from the contenders -- you have to be playing your best football these last two months."
In other words, the season doesn't end today. There is still plenty of football to be played.
"I don't even try to think about the division race too much, I just try to focus on what we've got at hand," said WR
- One key player from each team made a return this week: WR
Nate Burlesonfor the Lions and QB Jay Cutler for the Bears.
- For Burleson, this was his first week of practice since breaking his arm in a car accident following Detroit's Week 3 win over Washington. While the return is exciting, head coach Jim Schwartz cautioned the media from reading too much into it.
- "There is only so much you can do with healing bones," said Schwartz. "I think the big thing with Nate is when we do get him back, we’re going to get him back, but we want to make sure he is back for good. To do that, we have to avoid setbacks and stuff like that."
- Cutler was named Sunday's starter after missing just six quarters of action for the Bears. This had to be good news for Lions DT
Ndamukong Suh, who said earlier in the week that he preferred to play against Cutler.
- "I love playing against Cutler, he's a tough guy," Suh said. "No discredit to (backup Josh) McCown, but I want their best shot."
- In the event something happens and Cutler doesn't play, the Bears have a very capable backup in Josh McCown, who led the Bears to a 27-20 win over the Packers on Monday Night Football earlier this week.
- It will certainly be a big match-up for the Lions, who could at the very least gain a one-game lead over the Bears with a win at Soldier Field. Even Schwartz had to admit this game carries a bit more weight.
- On the injury front, the Lions were without DE Ziggy Ansah, CB
Bill Bentleyand T Corey Hilliardall week. In preparation for the possibility that Ansah not play, the Lions brought in veteran DE Austen Lane.
- Ansah, Bentley, Nate Burleson and Hilliard were all listed as doubtful on this week's injury report.
Louis Delmas, Calvin Johnson, Travis Lewisand Glover Quinare all probable.