Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Nature of the Threat

Tony Dungy discusses some of the factors that make the 0-7 Lions a formidable opponent this weekend


The Bucs expect the Lions to come out with intensity this Sunday in the Silverdome

The farewell tour continues for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Having already visited the Metrodome in Minneapolis and Green Bay's Lambeau Field, the Bucs head this weekend to the Pontiac Silverdome. It's their last tour through the Midwest as members of the NFC Central.

At this point, the nostalgia factor registers about zero.

The Bucs might be able to enjoy their last trip to Motown if they were 6-1 or 5-2 and more directly in the mix for first place in the division. As it is, they're 3-4, backs pressed firmly against the wall and every game looming large.

And maybe, at 6-1, the Bucs might take the 0-7 Lions lightly, though one doubts it. Having seen Detroit take Minnesota, Tennessee, Cincinnati and San Francisco to the wall, Tampa Bay knows that the Lions' first win is probably somewhere just ahead. They are focused on delaying it at least one week.

"This is another big central division game and another one on the road," said Bucs Head Coach Tony Dungy. "Detroit hasn't won yet, but they are playing much better every week. They've been in every ball game the last month. It's going to be a tough game."

This isn't some Lou Holtzian ploy by Dungy. The Bucs truly believe the Lions are much better than their record indicates. Below, Dungy points out some of the reasons why.

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