Sep 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) signals to teammates before snapping the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

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FRIDAY FOCUS: This week’s match-up is a crucial test for the 4-3 Lions
Mike O’Hara –

Bigger games can lie ahead for the Lions this season with more immediately at stake, but for what it means at this point in the season, Sunday’s game against the Cowboys is their biggest since they made the playoffs in 2011.

There are so many reasons the Lions face a crucial test against the Cowboys that there is no reason to pinpoint one. Take your pick — stop a losing streak before it begins, strengthen position in the NFC North, head into next week’s bye on a good note.

Beware Cowboys, Lions’ DT Ndamukong Suh causes havoc at ‘worst point for an offense’
Brandon George – Dallas Morning News

The Cowboys will run head-on into one of the league’s top defensive lines Sunday at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Each of the Lions’ four defensive line starters has yet to reach five seasons in the league. But collectively, they’ve earned a reputation as a fierce bunch.

Right in the middle of the chaos is one of the NFL’s top defensive tackles: former Nebraska standout Ndamukong Suh.

Lions’ Tom Lewand says game against Falcons in London is ‘a great opportunity’
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

When Larry Warford was at the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the rookie symposium this spring, he happened by an exhibit dedicated to the NFL’s International Series and a video playing a montage of highlights from past games in London.

The first-year offensive guard thought to himself, “That’d be so cool to do that,” and next fall he’ll get the chance.

Detroit Lions’ Dominic Raiola defying the odds by delivering finest performance in 13th season
Justin Rogers –

Coming into this season, signs pointed to it being Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola’s swan song. In the final year of of his contract, the 12-year veteran accepted a steep pay cut to stay in Detroit.

Uncertain about his future, Raiola wanted to make sure he wasn’t going down without a fight. He committed to getting bigger and stronger this offseason, adding nearly 20 pounds to his 6-foot-1 frame.

Not only has the added weight helped the 34-year old turn back the clock, it’s resulted in him performing at the highest level of his lengthy career.

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