This final week of the regular season has been a tough one for the Detroit Lions and their fans.
The disappointment of missing the playoffs despite being in prime position to take the division has been a cloud over the team this week.
"It is tough," said veteran guard
"After that 60 minutes is up on Sunday, what is it that you're going to put up on film?" Burleson said. "What are you going to show the world? What are you going to show the other 31 teams? What are you going to show this organization? What are you going to show people who are still tuning in?
"It would look even worse is we went out there to Minnesota and packed it in. That's putting salt in the wound."
- With Sunday's regular season finale, Minnesota acts as the bookends to what became a disappointing season for the Lions.
- The Vikings also had a disappointing season, but for different reasons. After starting the season 0-3, Minnesota's playoff hopes were dashed right away.
- Though quarterback
Matthew Staffordhas taken a lot of heat for Detroit's five-of-six losing streak, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan says it has been a matter of execution across the entire unit.
- There had a handful of transactions due to injury this week. The Lions placed tight ends
Brandon Pettigrewand Dorin Dickersonon Injured/Reserve with an ankle injury and concussion, respectively.
- With those moves, the Lions also promoted TE
Matt Veldmanfrom the practice squad and signed Rugby speedster Carlin Isles. Calvin Johnsonhas also been dealing with knee and ankle injuries and may or may not play Sunday vs. the Vikings.
- With the season coming to a close, Tim Twentyman takes a look at
Joique Bell's impact this season and the importance of the Lions securing the impending unrestricted free agent moving forward.
- Twentyman also speculates as to whether
Jeremy Rossis the Lions' returner of the future.