Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates his touchdown with tight end Joseph Fauria (80) during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Won't Overlook Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By all accounts, the Detroit Lions should have little trouble beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Just a couple weeks ago the Lions were gaining control of the NFC North lead while the Bucs were just looking for their first win.

The Massey Ratings, one of the BCS computer rankings, ranks the Bucs 29th in the NFL. Even with their two-game winning steak, the Bucs are one of the league’s worst teams.

With the Thankgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers looming in just a matter of days, this would seem to be a classic Detroit Lions trap game. That might have been the case with Lions teams in the past, but this group hasn’t shown any signs of overlooking the Bucs.

Calvin Johnson wrote about the importance of today’s game in his blog on DetroitLions.com this week:

This week is another NFC opponent, so we’ve got to win. It’s a must-win for us. We’ve got to stack up these wins, we don’t want to take two ‘Ls’ in a row.

Even better might be the expected return of Nate Burleson, Ziggy Ansah and Bill Bentley from injury. You can bet all three are looking to make an impact in their return.

In the NFL, a win is never guaranteed, but the Lions won’t be overlooking the Bucs.

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  • brucekennedy

    Ah hindsight is always crystal clear. The “Pretenders” may not have over looked the Bucs but they sure weren’t ready to play. Do you think any of the Lion’s offensive position players are not aware of the importance of protecting the ball? Well if they are aware of it then they certainly don’t care about it. The Lions will not make the playoffs this year, and who knows maybe never in CJ and Matt’s career. The Lions must come to the realization that they are a joke, in the NFL. A team to occupy a position in the NFC North. They are not to be taken seriously, and I’m sure they aren’t. They are a win on opposing teams schedule. Oh, once In a while they will get lucky and beat a team, but that certainly isn’t any cause for hope and optimism. Because when a team that feeds on the bottom of any other division plays the Lions, you can rest assured that they will come away with the win.