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.