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Scanning the Savanna: Detroit Lions Game Day Edition

Scanning the Savanna is a daily feature that brings fresh Detroit Lions and NFL related content to your fingertips each morning. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s scan the savanna together.

Jared Devries never really came out and said it, but you could tell.

Given a choice, he would rather have been back in Detroit on Saturday night, preparing for the Lions’ crucial home game with the San Francisco 49ers today.

But, if he couldn’t be there, being back in Iowa City mingling with the Iowa football team wasn’t a bad alternative.

The 49ers and Detroit Lions bumbled their way through the past decade. Losses, quarterbacks and coaches piled up in the annual disasters.

Then came this season. Or at least the first five games.

Jeff Backus and Dominic Raiola aren’t twins, but they might as well be at this point.

Of the 165 games the Detroit Lions have played since taking the offensive linemen in the first two rounds of the 2001 NFL draft – Backus with the 18th overall pick and Raiola at No. 50 – they have played together in all but four.

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Tags: Detroit Lions Dominic Raiola Jeff Backus San Francisco 49ers

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