Looking back at last week’s game, I don’t think the players were over confident as much as they tightened up when there was more at stake.
They didn’t necessarily play at the level of a first-place team. Defensively, they allowed Pittsburgh two touchdown plays to start the game, which changed what the Lions were hoping to do offensively. They closed the gap slightly with a field goal, but a fumble allowed the Steelers to take the three points right back.
Looking back at the Steelers' game a few more times this, it was clear the Lions weren’t comfortable. I think the two big scores probably took them out of their element early and that compounded the problem.
In order to retain their spot atop the division, this team has to eliminate the costly mistakes and play winning football. With only six games left, there isn’t room to lose games as a result of poor performance.
These guys have to regroup and get a win this week against Tampa Bay before the Packers come to town for Thanksgiving.