CLEVELAND – Final thoughts awaiting kickoff for Sunday's Lions-Browns game at First-Energy Stadium:
Megatron watch: The progression in practice during the week and what he did in the early workout before the pre-game drills made it no surprise that
Johnson ran routes and caught passes and seemed upbeat Sunday. That was not the case last week, when he did not run routes and appeared downcast before the Lions went out to play the Packers.
The big question for the Lions on offense becomes how his presence affects the Browns' defense, and what impact it has on the Lions' running game and the other receivers.
Only tight end
The Lions gave up a season-high five sacks, and
Focus: Lions safety
If the Lions play well and win games, their place in the standings will take care of itself.
The Lions go into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a 3-2 record and a half game behind the first-place Bears, who held on for a 27-21 victory over the Giants on Thursday night.
A victory over Cleveland would keep the Lions tied with the Bears, whom they defeated at home in Game 4.
"Our focus is not on holding position," Delmas said. "If we went in with that mentality it would throw us off and keep us unfocused on the main task of the day.
"That's actually putting ourselves in position to play the Browns and execute."
Lion to watch: Wide receiver
Warrior mentality: The Browns signed Willis McGahee, who had not been with any team, when they traded Trent Richardson to the Colts after Game 2.
McGahee, in his 11th season, was Buffalo's first-round pick in 2003 and has rushed for 1,000 yards for the Bills, Ravens and Broncos.
McGahee is one of the NFL's ultimate warriors, and he has brought that passion to the Browns. He is still getting in game shape after not being on any team's roster. In three games he has 49 carries for 127 yards and a 2.6-ayrd average.
McGahee said earlier in the week that he feels like having three games under his belt was like going through his personal training camp.
Delmas knows McGahee we and respects his competitiveness. They both live in Miami and cross paths in the offseason.
"For a guy to be in his 11th year and still be able to go out there and have the passion for the game he has and the love he has for the game is unique," Delmas said. "He's out there having fun.
"He has the same mentality on and off the field. He wants to be the best at what he does. He wants to win in each and every aspect of life.
"If he plays basketball, he wants to be the best. He wants to be the most competitive and wants to win."
Cleveland shuffle: The Browns benefited from having extra time since beating Buffalo on a Thursday night in their last game.
The Browns are counting on three players to add depth to the rotation in different areas – fullback Chris Ogbonnaya and outside linebackers Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves.