Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) and Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrate Johnson

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With two games in 100 hours, the race is on
Mike O’Hara — DetroitLions.com

There is no mystery or secret formula needed to understand what is immediately at stake for the Lions.

Two games in 100 hours – from kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday’s traditional Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers – will have a major impact on the Lions’ race to win a division title for the first time in 20 years.

The setting for the next two games couldn’t be better for the Lions. Playing both games at Ford Field gives them the benefit of home-field advantage, with a fast, dry track that suits their high-octane offense.

Detroit Lions rookie Joseph Fauria staying positive despite reduced role
Justin Rogers – Mlive.com

It’s been more than a month since Detroit Lions fans have seen Joseph Fauria bust a move in the end zone.

After exploding onto the scene with five touchdown receptions in the first six games of the season, the undrafted rookie tight end has caught just three passes for 54 yards over the past four contests.

Dissecting Most Crucial Matchups in Lions Week 11 Contest with Buccaneers
Brandon Alisoglu — Bleacher Report

The Detroit Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that has taken on heightened significance and intrigue after the past week. We’ll get into the specific matchups that will decide this contest, but let’s first take a look at the overall picture.

Lions’ Calvin Johnson eager to get at Bucs after ‘frustrating’ second half against Steelers
by: Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

After dominating the first half last Sunday with six catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson didn’t have a single catch in the second half of a 37-27 Steelers victory.

Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said the coverage on Johnson — a safety consistently helping cornerback Ike Taylor — led quarterback Matthew Stafford to look for other weapons. But the Lions offense failed to score in the second half as poor passes and drops led to stalled drives.

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