Should the Bucs continue to turn things around, which is most likely to happen?
Coach Greg Schiano saves his job: 34 percent
Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy earn Pro Bowl recognition: 28 percent
Mike Glennon becomes the long-term quarterback: 25 percent
GM Mark Dominik saves his job: 6 percent
Bucs make the playoffs in 2014: 5 percent
Bobby Rainey supplants Doug Martin as the go-to back: 2 percent
Total: 150 votes
By the numbers
25-29 Bucs' record against the Lions
3 Consecutive games the Bucs have rushed for at least 140 yards, tying a team record
49.3 Average receiving yards by the Lions' Calvin Johnson in the second half of games this season
70.9 Average yards by Johnson in the first half of games this season
72 Second-half yards by the Lions in last week's 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh
What they're saying
Amazing what a couple of wins can do. After their overtime loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 3, the 0-8 Bucs could have easily tanked for a coach they didn't seem to believe in. However, Tampa Bay has racked up two straight victories since then, and now, there's talk that Greg Schiano's highly disciplined way of doing things might actually be a positive root cause.
Doug Farrar Sports Illustrated
An upset wouldn't surprise me here at all. But with Bucs safety Dashon Goldson suspended, I'll take the Lions' passing game to take advantage of a depleted secondary and win a close, high-scoring game.
Michael David Smith Profootballtalk.com
Methinks Jim Schwartz doth protest too much in defending his dubious decision to try that fake field goal last week in Pittsburgh. We get it, Jimmy. You're going to be aggressive at all times. Whether it's prudent or not. But me also thinks the Lions win handily this week at home to get back on track and improve to 4-1 at Ford Field this season. I love when Shakespeare and the NFL blend seamlessly. Lions, 33-17.
Don Banks Sports Illustrated
The Lions are back home after a tough loss to the Steelers while Tampa Bay is riding a two-game winning streak. The Bucs are playing hard, but the Lions are in the thick of the playoff hunt. They will get that offense going at home, and the Bucs won't be able to keep up. Lions, 34-23.
Pete Prisco CBS Sports
The nothing-to-lose-except-more-games Bucs can give the up-and-down Lions a real scare as Detroit plays a pair of home games only four days apart. Picking the upset is tempting, but the Lions have the talent and the incentive to find a way to win. Lions, 27-13.
Mike Florio Profootballtalk.com
Bucs at Lions
1 p.m., Ford Field, Detroit
TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM
Line/over-under: Lions by 9; 48½
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