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WEEK IN REVIEW: Lions driven to get back on track against Tampa Bay

Posted Nov 23, 2013

Players and coaches came out of last week's loss more determined to regain mental focus and come away with a win Sunday against the Bucs

Joique BellRB Joique Bell is listed as "questionable" on Friday's injury report. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

Following a tough loss at Pittsburgh, one could assume it was a solumn atmosphere in Allen Park.

After all, it's a game the Lions were poised to win and was a lost opportunity to gain further ground in the NFC North.

But the mood was exactly the opposite. Coaches and players were upbeat as they worked through Tampa Bay preparation.

"We are positive because we are still in a good position right now," said wide receiver Calvin Johnson in his weekly blog on detroitlions.com. "(We're) still with six games to go, we still have our destiny in our hands."

This week's opponent is the suddenly-hot Tampa Bay Bucs, currently on a two-game winning streak with home victories against Miami and Atlanta.

Though the two wins are also the Bucs' first two wins, the Lions are not allowing their record to fool them.

"They’re an extremely talented defense," said quarterback Matthew Stafford on Tuesday.

"Probably the most talented defense we’ll be playing all year. You look at what they spent, resource-wise, draft pick-wise, I don’t know if there is anybody later than a third round draft pick starting on defense for them."

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