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
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.
"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."
MORE NEWS, NOTES AND VIDEO SURROUNDING THIS WEEK'S GAME:
- Almost unheard of Week 12, the Lions had full participation in Thursday's practice and boast a good-looking injury report heading into Sunday's game vs. Tampa Bay.
- Questionable for Sunday: RB Joique Bell (Achilles), DE
Israel Idonije(knee) and S Glover Quin(ankle).
- Probable for Sunday: DE
Ezekiel Ansah(ankle), CB Bill Bentley(knee), WR Nate Burleson(forearm), S Louis Delmas(knee), DT Andre Fluellen(thigh), CB Jonte Green(illness), T Corey Hilliard(knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew(knee), G Larry Warford(shoulder).
- The Lions will play two games over a 100-hour span with results having major weight on the NFC North race for Detroit.
- The Lions are anticipating the return of Burleson, who hasn't played since recording a career-best 116 receiving yards in a Week 3 win at Washington.
- Rookie guard Larry Warford has performed exceptionally well so far this year, but will have his work cut out for him Sunday against Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
- Another key matchup Sunday will be Johnson vs. cornerback Darrelle Revis. In a conference call this week, Revis wouldn't admit to Lions reporters that he got the better of Megatron when they went head-to-head at Ford Field in 2010.
- "I mean, one catch for 13 yards," Revis said with a light laugh. "What do you think?"
- The Lions had just one sack and one QB hit against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers last week. In his '10 Questions' feature, Tim Twentyman looks at why that unit has struggled to get pressure at times this season.
- Running back
Reggie Bushwas one player who struggled last week at Pittsburgh, finishing the game with 12 carries for 31 yards and a lost fumble.
- "We have to correct that this week," said Bush in his weekly blog on detroitlions.com. "I don't think this is a crisis or anything, but our sense of urgency definitely has to go up. We definitely need to make sure that, within our position groups, we're making sure we're focused and doing the right things."
- Despite Bush struggling, the Lions' run game didn't skip a beat with running back Joique Bell carrying the rock. Until he left in the fourth quarter with what turned out to be an Achilles injury, he had 97 all-purpose yards and one touchdown.