Nate Burleson Can Do Only So Much For Mistake-Prone Detroit Lions

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Nate Burleson had quite a day back in his return with the Detroit Lions on Sunday. It’s about the only bright spot the Lions can take from a dismal day in a 24-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Lions, at 6-5, need to win most, if not all of their remaining five games to be certain of the NFL playoffs. They squandered excellent chances for two straight wins against the Pittburgh Steelers and Bucs and instead have two straight disappointing losses. They can’t afford another game where they constantly shoot themselves in the foot.

Burleson gives the Lions another offensive weapon they need in their bid to sneak into the playoffs. The fact that they didn’t take advantage of his presence is their own fault. He caught seven passes for 77 yards. He can obviously take more pressure off of Calvin Johnson.

The Lions missed Burleson, who hadn’t played since September 24 after breaking his left forearm in a single-car accident. What he can’t do is help quarterback Matt Stafford avoid having a four-interception day like he did on Sunday.

The next five Lions opponents are going to have a nightmare trying to cover all the Lions receivers, especially with Burleson and Johnson on the field at the same time. Burleson can be just as dangerous as Johnson in a one-on-one situation. With Reggie Bush providing decent ground production, Detroit’s offense remains dangerous. Burleson reminded the rest of the league what a talented wide receiver he is.

But the Lions, with so many mental mistakes, continue to be their own worst enemy.

John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @JohnCarlRaffel, Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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