ALLEN PARK — Looking ahead to Sunday when the Lions (6-4) host the Tampa Bay Bucs (2-8) who are riding a two-game win streak.
Obviously it’s a huge game for Detroit. The early line has them at 9-point favorites.
Here’s three things we might see Sunday:
1. Nate Burleson could return which should make a huge difference for the offense. When he broke his forearm in a pizza-related accident on Sept. 24 he was the team’s No. 2 wide receiver. He has practiced for two weeks on a limited basis. Last week he ran routes on the scout team. He’s close. My guess is he’ll be back on Sunday.
2. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah tried to return on Sunday at Pittsburgh. He did some pre-game on-field tests and didn’t pass but was close. He’s been out since he rolled his ankle on Oct. 27 in the win over Dallas. If he has a good week, no reason he shouldn’t return. Devin Taylor has been filling in admirably, but Ansah is an upgrade.
3. Look for a regroup. The players are mad at themselves, feel they left too much on the field. They are a better team than the Bucs, they’ll be at home and they definitely need the win after the Bears pulled out an overtime win over the Ravens on Sunday.