Although he will be on the other side of the football field trying to beat them, many of the Lions players say they have nothing but respect for Buffalo coach Dick Jauron.
Jauron was hired as the Lions defensive coordinator by then-coach Steve Mariucci in 2004 and he eventually replaced Mariucci as the interim head coach for the final five games of the 2005 season.
"One thing I liked about Dick is that he's a good man, to go along with a great coach," said linebacker Boss Bailey. "I really liked the guy a lot. I liked what he brought to the game and everything. He was all about getting the job done.
"He always said you get out of it what you put into it and that's pretty much it. Everything was cut and dried with Dick."
Bailey said he expects to talk to Jauron either before or after the game Sunday at Ford Field. "I'll make it a point to go see him," he said.
BY THE NUMBERS: 28 -- Number of field goals of 50 yards or more in Jason Hanson's 15-year NFL career after he connected from 53 yards Sunday at Minnesota. Only Morten Anderson (40), Jason Elam (35) and John Kasay (32) have more. He has 16 game-winning field goals.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I really believe we're close, we're a different team. If you haven't seen that, there's something wrong. We definitely play harder and we're close. We're going to keep fighting because we truly believe things could turn around; there's a lot of games left to be played." -- Cornerback Dre' Bly on the chances for a turnaround by the 0-5 Lions.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
The loss of RG Damien Woody, who was put on injured reserve after suffering a mid-foot sprain to his left foot, is a devastating blow to the Lions offense.
The team was already struggling on the offensive line with LG Ross Verba and RT Rex Tucker missing seven starts between them with nagging injuries. Verba has had a hamstring problem and Tucker has a knee injury, both suffered during training camp.
With Verba and Tucker out, offensive line coach Larry Beightol already had was being stretched to the limit to cover the five o-line positions and without Woody, probably the team's best lineman, the Lions could be in deep trouble with both the running game and pass protection.
Guard Blaine Saipaia, who was signed Sept. 26 as a street free agent, was already forced into duty last week. It is likely either Saipaia or rookie Frank Davis will start in Woody's RG position, with Rick DeMulling continuing at LG in place of Verba and Brandon Stokes or rookie Jonathan Scott at RT in place of Tucker, if neither Verba nor Tucker is ready to return to duty.