Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: SLR Staff Predictions

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Justin Simon – Make no mistakes, this is a must-win game for the Lions. Coming off a tough road loss in Pittsburgh the Lions need a win over the Bucs to keep pace in the NFC North. This is a game they should win, but the Lions need prove they don’t just play down to the level of their competition. The friendly confines of Ford Field should give them a boost on Sunday. Revis vs Calvin 2.0 should be fun to watch, but I’m thinking Calvin ends up winning this time.

The Bucs have found a resurgence the past two weeks, with their run game leading the charge. Luckily for the Lions, their run defense has been outstanding over the last month. I think the Lions get back on track this week with a big bounce-back game from Reggie Bush. Lions 34-21

Aaron Meckes – Detroit responds to a disappointing effort a week ago with their best team performance of the year. With everyone back and healthy, the Lions fire on all cylinders en route to a big halftime lead. The Buccaneers score the first ten points of the second half before Matthew Stafford and company put the game away. Detroit takes it 38-16.

Zac Snyder – Hopefully the storyline after this game is that the Lions are back on track after the disappointment in Pittsburgh last week. The Lions could use a “get right” game coming home after the loss and heading into a big Thanksgiving meeting with the Green Bay Packers. I don’t think the Lions will take the Bucs lightly and believe they will get the job done, 27-16.

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