After significant build-up heading into Monday night, Lions fans had a week undoubtedly filled with disappointment after an 18-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The loss took the Lions out of first place in the NFC North and left them reliant on losses by the Bears and Packers to get back into the playoff race.
"We let go of an opportunity to put these other teams away, we opened the door back for them," defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said on Wednesday. "We still have an opportunity to take care of business and it's most important that we do our part or none of it matters. That's what we have yet to do and that's do our part and close the door.
"We let a bunch of ants in the house and now we have to go get an exterminator to get them out."
Despite the fan disappointment, players have focused on the match-up at hand.
"We're not worried about what help we can get or need from other teams. We just need to do our job and win these last two games and let the chips fall where they may."
MORE HEADLINES FROM THIS WEEK'S PREPARATION:
- As far as predictions go, detroitlions.com columnist Mike O'Hara tells fans to "pick the Lions, but don't predict a final score".
- A tough loss Monday lit a spark for the media to begin pointing blame at the Detroit Lions coaching staff. Players, however, had a different message:
- "It's on the players," veteran corner
Rashean Mathissaid. "Plays are called, but we as players have to execute them. We as players, and I'm sure I'm speaking for my locker room, take that burden off (Jim Schwartz's) back and shoulder it.
- "At the end of the day it's up to the players and they have to execute. If we can't execute that falls on us."
Matthew Staffordhas been in a statistical slump since the second half of the Pittsburgh game, said Tim Twentyman. Is this the week he gets back on track?
- Tight end
Brandon Pettigrewsuffered an ankle injury on the Lions' fourth-quarter touchdown drive on Monday and did not return. He hasn't practice this week and has been ruled out for the game. Rookie tight end Joseph Fauriais prepared for an expanded role.
- Calvin Johnson dropped a couple critical passes Monday night vs. the Ravens, resulting in reports that he had an "off game".
- "You just want to get back and see it on film just so you can see exactly what you did," he said. "It’s like I said, you just have to stay on it a little bit longer.
- "Turned the head too soon and can’t see it all the way in. Simple as that."