Expectations growing for improved Lions



ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The last eight times the Detroit Lions have taken the field, they’ve won.

Sure, four of those games were exhibitions, and the other four were at the end of last season after Detroit dropped well out of contention, but for a team hoping to rebound from a decade of futility, every sign of progress is important.

After an unblemished preseason, the Lions play their regular season opener Sunday at Tampa Bay, the site of perhaps their most significant victory of 2010. Detroit snapped a record 26-game road losing streak with an overtime win over the Buccaneers last December.

The Lions confirmed Monday they’ve claimed offensive lineman Jacques McClendon off waivers.