Players have followed Caldwell’s lead on declining to talk playoffs, but they understand the gravity of the opportunity in front of them.
A seven-year veteran, Forte has racked up 932 yards on 230 carries this season.
A three-time game captain for the Lions this season, Raiola might be one of the most beloved players in the locker room. Outside, he might be considered one of the most polarizing given his history of coarse interactions with fans.
On the other hand, Jim Caldwell (Detroit) and Bill O’Brien (Houston) have done a fine job in Year 1.
“I just think that right now Jay’s in a little bit of a batting slump,” Trestman said.
“They might not go if they don’t start focusing in on this next game either. That’s a point to make.”
The Lions rank sixth in the league in turnover margin with eight more takeaways than giveaways.
Clausen has played in only three games for the Bears this season, attempting just nine passes and completing three.
Bush will not attribute his recent lack of production – including just seven yards Sunday – to injuries he suffered this season.
Waddle suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.