This Sunday, the 2-6 Detroit Lions face the 0-8 Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium. It’s a safe bet to assume that no one except the fans of both of these teams will be paying much attention to this game.
It’s not exactly a marquee matchup.
The primary drama involved in this contest for most people is whether the Bills are truly hapless enough to continue their dreary march to duplicate the 0-16 record the Lions themselves posted at the end of their 2008 season.
In the entire history of the NFL, only six teams have managed to accomplish perfect regular season records:
The 1934 and 1942 Chicago Bears, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the 2007 New England Patriots all went undefeated, while the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 2008 Detroit Lions never won or tied a single game.
Some folks are predicting that this game against the Lions is the best hope the Bills have to avoid a total train wreck this season, and they’ll be paying attention only for that reason.
Of secondary interest to casual observers is whether Detroit can finally break its current 24 game road losing streak (their second such streak this decade). If they don’t, the Lions will have established yet another infamous NFL record.
Click forward to discover the five keys to a Lions victory over Buffalo.