Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: SLR Staff Predictions

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Darin Ackerman – The Lions are heavy favorites in Sunday’s match-up, but the Bucs are trending upward as their rookie QB finds his groove. Tampa has been forced to abandon their typical run-first game plan due to injuries at running back, and the passing game has struggled with the shift in QB. However, Glennon has improved every week and has a big, reliable target in Vincent Jackson who will provide mismatch problems for the Lions’ secondary. The onus is on the Lions’ front four, who is 30th in the NFL with just sixteen sacks, to do a much better job of finishing on the QB. The Revis/Johnson match-up will be interesting to watch, though the success of the offense will again rely on the ability to get the running game going. I like the Lions to get the win, but it’ll be closer than Vegas thinks. Lions 27, Bucs 24

Braden Shackelford – The Lions are coming off of their worst performance of the season and look to make things right with a home game against the Bucs in a game they should win. The Bucs may be coming off of a two game win streak, but the Lions look to finally be 100 percent healthy which is pretty incredible at this point in the season. I think the Lions will come out of the gates with a ton of energy, firing on all cylinders on offense with the return of Nate Burleson. We know the Lions defense has been great against the run this season. If they continue that streak this week and limit Tampa Bay’s wide receiver Vincent Jackson then they should win this game with relative ease.
Lions win 35-20

Marty Medvedik – This is the game that if the Lions lose, I’ll be the first in line to say “Same Old Lions”. The Lions should handle the Bucs relatively easily and THEN start thinking about their Turkey Day showdown against the Packers. It’s easy to overlook the Bucs and their two game winning streak, and that’s precisely what the same old Lions would do every time before a big showdown the next week. You could count on it like clockwork. This is where this current team has to distance itself from the previous incarnations of the Lions. I expect the 2013 Detroit Lions to put on a good show and put this game out of reach by the fourth quarter. Lions-42 Bucs 17

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