Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Nate Burleson says Lions won't mail it in

The Detroit Lions were eliminated from the playoffs, but they still have a game left to play. They’ll square off against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, a team that has also been long eliminated from playoff contention.

“It would look even worse to people that still are following this team if we went to Minnesota and mailed it in,” receiver Nate Burleson said Tuesday, via the Associated Press.

Head coach Jim Schwartz is on the hot seat but unlike other coaches who have spoken to their team about it or used it as a motivational tool, he hasn’t said anything.

“He didn’t say anything,” Burleson said. “It’s business as usual.

“We still have a game to play and we need focus on that. That’s what he said. We get paid to play football. It’s not our job to worry about what will happen.”

He might not have to say anything though, the players know what is at stake and could elevate their play to try and finish the season on a strong note for their coach.

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