The offense got a very special message in Saturday’s meeting.
"It was just (him telling us) to play with spirit and passion," center
Burleson is the emotional leader for not only the offense, but the team. He’s the one who breaks the team down before they go into the locker room pregame.
Burleson had surgery on his broken right leg Friday and delivered the message from his hospital bed.
Raiola said it was inspirational for everyone in the room.
The Lions offense played like it, putting up 28 points and racking up 415 total yards.
BOTTLING UP MEGATRON
For a second-straight week, an opponent did a good job bottling up Lions receiver
Six catches and 80 yards the last two weeks for Johnson are season lows.
The biggest difference Sunday is that other players stepped up and picked up the slack, making Johnson’s quiet night less relevant.
Johnson has 41 catches for 638 yards on the season and is on pace for 93 receptions for 1,458 yards ... but only two touchdowns.
"Man, it was a grind, you know?" Johnson said.
"I was happy to see us respond the way we did. Defense responded, you know, it was a great team game."
If the Lions keep finishing on the right side of the score board, Johnson won't care what his final numbers look like.
SECONDARY CAN'T CATCH A BREAK
Sunday's 28-24 victory marked the seventh consecutive game the Lions started a different four-man combination in their secondary. This week it was
For a unit that hasn't had any consistency, the Lions have taken a lot of punches and countered with a few of their own.
Sunday was a perfect example.
Calling on Ricardo Silva to make his second-career start, the second-year safety came up with an interception and a fumble recovery. He also finished with four tackles (three solo).
Cornerback Chris Houston led the team in tackles (8) and made a number of key plays.
The Lions weren't great in the secondary by any stretch of the imagination.
Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson completed 25-of-35 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, but the Lions did enough in their back end to win the game - even with starter Louis Delmas leaving the game with a knee injury.
Playing in just his third game this season since undergoing surgery on the same knee in August, Delmas left in the third quarter and did not return.
Delmas appeared to injure the knee after cutting down Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch for a 1-yard gain on a pass in the flat.
Lions head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed it was an injury to his left knee but said it was not necessarily a "re-injury."
KEVIN SMITH CONTRIBUTES
He didn't get into the game Week 4 vs. Vikings and was inactive the last two weeks in Philadelphia and Chicago, as
But fortunes can turn in a matter of one week in the NFL. Smith was active Sunday and had a role as the team's third-down back for most of the game.
Smith finished with one carry and one catch, but it just shows how roles can change and a player's number can be called week-to-week.