Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola (51) walks onto the field prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

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GAME PREVIEW: Can the Lions get back on track against Tampa Bay at home?
Tim Twentyman —

The next five days will tell us a whole lot about this Detroit Lions football team. They have two games over the span of the next five days, starting today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8).

The Green Packers lie in wait on Thanksgiving Day, but head coach Jim Schwartz refused to answer any questions this week about that matchup. His focus was squarely on the Buccaneers, who’ve won two straight after starting 0-8.

Detroit Lions trying to avoid first losing streak of season against lowly Bucs
Kyle Meinke –

If there’s one thing the Detroit Lions know, it’s losing.

They have, after all, made an annual tradition of it this time of year.

But the Lions insist they’ve learned from the issues that prompted season after season of collapse, and that they will avoid spoiling this year’s relatively strong start with another late-season swoon.

Detroit Lions’ Dominic Raiola wants to be at center of team’s, city’s turnaround
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Dominic Raiola was home in Hawaii one day this February when he got a call from Lions vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White telling him he was going to be released.

For weeks, since the Lions approached his agent at the Senior Bowl with news they were remaking their offensive line, Raiola had been wrestling with his future.

He was set to count $6.1 million against the salary cap this year, and he knew he’d have to take a pay cut, but the Lions’ offer of $1 million was a shot to the pride of a 12-year vet who’d long been the leader of the team.

Darius Slay meets up again with college teammate, friend Johnthan Banks
Josh Katzenstein – The Detroit News

Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay will be reunited with his close friend and college teammate Johnthan Banks Sunday, a rookie cornerback with the Buccaneers.

“He’s a good friend, man,” Slay said. “When I got to Mississippi State, me and him bonded. At first we were competing and then I won a job on the other side, and then it became more of a friendship, brotherly love.”

The two are so close that they call each other’s son their nephew.

“We’re like dang near brothers out there,” Slay said.

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