A win at Chicago Week 10 had given Detroit the outright lead in the NFC North. It was a cause for fan boasting.
For head coach Jim Schwartz and the team, however, it was just another week. Yes, players are pleased with their position in the standings, but there is plenty more work to be done and it starts with Pittsburgh.
"We have six wins," said Schwartz in his Monday press conference. "That's not going to be enough. We don't talk about standings and things like that this time of year."
That certainly hasn't kept Tim Twentyman, Mike O'Hara and the rest of the media from talking about it.
This week's coverage has centered around whether the Lions can hold their division lead with a win this week at Pittsburgh:
- It's doubtful anyone would contest that
Matthew Staffordis playing great football right now -- his top receiver certainly isn't. Calvin Johnsonsays Stafford is "playing exceptionally well" right now.
- Ben Roethlisberger is very good at extending plays in the pocket but said this week he knows what that might mean against the Lions'
Ndamukong Suhand Nick Fairley.
- Mike O'Hara looks at this atypical season for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
- The recent play of
Brandon Pettigrewhas garnered attention, specifically his run-blocking performance at Chicago.
- Tim and Mike discuss the obstacles the Lions will have to overcome to remain on top in the division.
- Nick Fairley says his performance in Chicago has given him the confidence and mindset that he can make more of an impact going forward.
- Can the Lions keep up last week's pace of allowing just 38 rushing yards at Chicago?
- On the other side of the ball, the Lions' offensive line is among the best in the league right now.
- As the Lions sit on top of the NFC North,
Reggie Bushadmits that his perceptions have not become reality when it comes to his new team