ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson felt his team, on a three-game losing streak, needed to regain its swagger.
So when he scored a touchdown Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles to help cut a deficit to three points with 3 minutes remaining, Burleson pretended to point a rifle in the air and shoot -- you got it -- an Eagle.
A day later, after the Lions had rallied for a 26-23 overtime victory on the road, Burleson was reminded that Eagles are protected as an endangered species.
Thats what I heard, I heard you cant shoot Eagles, Burleson said, smiling. I dont know, I think I missed. The Eagle might be still around, flying around. I was just scaring it as it flew by.
Burleson, a 10-year NFL veteran and unofficial locker-room spokesman, had emphasized throughout the bye week that the Lions needed to get a little nastier again.
Other players had said that the team was playing uptight and not having as much fun in the first month of the season.
They had be...