Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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TIM AND MIKE: What is the biggest obstacle in the last six games?
Tim Twentyman & Mike O’Hara —

The Lions have spent a month in the spotlight due to a last-play loss to the Bengals, two close victories over the Cowboys and Bears, and for the controversy surrounding the failed fake field goal in Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh.

Through all of that, the Lions are 6-4 and tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC North. They’re the pole-sitters in the race to win the North, with four of their last six games at home, starting with the Bucs at Ford Field on Sunday.

What is the biggest obstacle in the last six games?

Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Avoid another second-half swoon
Justin Rogers –

The Detroit Lions have never finished better than .500 in the second half of a season with Jim Schwartz as head coach. Closing strong just hasn’t been part of this team’s make makeup.

That simply won’t be good enough this year.

If the Lions lose half their games down the stretch, not only will the team blow its chances to win its first division title since 1993, they will be watching the postseason from home.

Matthew Stafford doesn’t feel the glove against Steelers, says he must play better
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has made a couple of wardrobe adjustments the past two games.

In Week 10 against Chicago, he came out wearing a glove on his left, non-throwing hand, and other than one interception, played well (three touchdowns) in the 21-19 victory.

“I didn’t want it to be slipping out of my hands,” he said of the cold, windy weather. “Your hands get dry and the ball gets a little slick so I just wanted to make sure I could get a grip on it.”

Lions QB Stafford sees plenty of talent in Bucs’ defense
Carlos Monarrez — Detroit Free Press

The Lions offered high praise Tuesday for the struggling Buccaneers.

In fact, quarterback Matthew Stafford heaped about as much praise on the Buccaneers’ defense as he could.

“They’re an extremely talented defense,” he said. “Probably the most talented defense we’ll be playing all year. You look at what they spent, resource-wise, draft pick-wise, I don’t know if there is anybody later than a third-round draft pick starting on defense for them.

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