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Detroit Lions: Five keys for a win over Buccaneers; plus prediction

With only six games remaining — and two in five days — the Lions need to boost their playoff chances with a win over Tampa Bay at Ford Field on Sunday.

Here are five keys for a Lions’ win:

1. Run the ball successfully. The stats are amazing. Reggie Bush’s four worst games are the same four games the Lions have lost. Get him the ball and let him go. He guaranteed this week he will not fumble again

2. Pressure quarterback Mike Glennon early and often. He’s a rookie. Bucs quarterbacks have been sacked 24 times. Enough said.

3. Somehow get back the offensive flow that Matthew Stafford and gang had in the second quarter in Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh when they scored 27 points. This should be easier with wide receiver Nate Burleson returning from his broken forearm. Also, Bucs’ starting safety Dashon Goldson is suspended for this game which should help open up the passing game for Detroit.

4. Don’t give up big plays. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. These chunk plays have cost the Lions big-time. In every game they’ve given up a touchdown of 30 or more yards. Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes of 34 and 47 yards in the Steelers’ first two possessions. Enough.

5. Aggressive play-calling is swell, but be careful out there. Three points is three points.

Prediction: Lions 31, Bucs 24

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