NFC North: Bucs-Lions

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Come on. Admit it. When Detroit jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter Sunday, which of the following were you really thinking?

1. Wow. The Lions are going to get their first victory of the season.

2. Uh-oh.

You latter cynics were correct. Detroit was trailing by halftime.

The Lions have jumped out to early leads in several games, but ultimately their defense isn't good enough to hold them. A series of blown coverages got the Buccaneers back in the game, and the Lions' special teams and offense contributed by giving up one touchdown return apiece.

Backup quarterback Drew Stanton's concussion almost certainly squashes the hopes of those who wanted him to start Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game against Tennessee. Can the Lions avoid being 0-12 at the end of this week?

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