Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Bucs-Lions: Scouting report

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Projected starters

BUCS

Offense

WR: Vincent Jackson 83

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Jamon Meredith 79

C: Jeremy Zuttah 62

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Demar Dotson 69

TE: Tim Wright 81

WR: Tiquan Underwood 11

QB: Mike Glennon 8

RB: Bobby Rainey 43

FB: Erik Lorig 41

defense

DE: Daniel Te'o Nesheim 50

DT: Gerald McCoy 93

DT: Akeem Spence 97

DE: Adrian Clayborn 94

LB: Jonathan Casillas 52

MLB: Adam Hayward 57

WLB: Lavonte David 54

CB: Darrelle Revis 24

CB: Johnthan Banks 27

SS: Mark Barron 23

FS: Keith Tandy 37

Special teams

P/KO: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Rian Lindell 4

LS: Andrew Economos 48

KR/PR: Eric Page 17

Lions

offense

WR: Kris Durham 18

LT: Riley Reiff 71

LG: Rob Sims 67

C: Dominic Raiola 51

RG: Larry Warford 75

RT: LaAdrian Waddle 66

TE: Brandon Pettigrew 87

WR: Calvin Johnson 81

QB: Matthew Stafford 9

RB: Reggie Bush 21

TE: Jeremy Ross 12

defense

DE: Devin Taylor 92

DT: Nick Fairley 98

DT: Ndamukong Suh 90

DE: Willie Young 79

OLB: Don Carey 32

MLB: Stephen Tulloch 55

OLB: DeAndre Levy 54

CB: Rashean Mathis 31

CB: Chris Houston 23

SS: Glover Quin 27

FS: Louis Delmas 26

Special teams

P/KO: Sam Martin 6

PK: David Akers 2

LS: Don Muhlbach 48

PR/KR: Micheal Spurlock 15

Injury report

BUCS Out: LB Mason Foster (concussion), G Carl Nicks (foot). Probable: CB Johnthan Banks (shoulder), DE Da'Quan Bowers (concussion), G Davin Joseph (knee), T Jamon Meredith (ankle), WR Chris Owusu (foot), DT Akeem Spence (wrist)

Lions Questionable: RB Joique Bell (Achilles), DE Israel Idonije (knee), S Glover Quin (Achilles). Probable: DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), CB Bill Bentley (knee), WR Nate Burleson (forearm), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Andre Fluellen (thigh), CB Jonte Green (illness), T Corey Hilliard (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), G Larry Warford (shoulder)

Riding a two-game winning streak, the Bucs head to frigid Detroit, where they'll be indoors and trying to stay hot without two defensive starters in S Dashon Goldson (suspension) and LB Mason Foster (concussion). Can a depleted defense led by CB Darrelle Revis contain Detroit's Calvin Johnson?

What the Lions do best

Like Denver and New Orleans, it starts with a lot of passing. Matthew Stafford has thrown for 3,198 yards with a solid ratio of 21 touchdowns to eight interceptions. Detroit has 2,069 more yards passing than rushing, though you can find the same imbalance with the 2-9 Falcons.

How you beat the Lions

Score in the second half — not a Bucs strength. Pittsburgh outscored Detroit 17-0 in the second half last week. Arizona had a 9-0 fourth quarter and Green Bay a 16-6 second half, and Cincinnati won on a last-second field goal. Seems like a defense that tires late.

Lions' top offensive player

Of course, it's WR Calvin Johnson (right), who went for 329 yards in a game this season and had 179 at halftime last week. He leads the league in yards (1,083) and touchdowns (11). Paging Darrelle Revis.

Lions' top defensive player

DT Ndamukong Suh would be the easy answer with 4½ sacks, but watch for LB DeAndre Levy. He is tied for the team lead in tackles and the league lead with five interceptions, matching his total from his first four seasons combined.

The Bucs must avoid …

Letting a depleted defense give up big plays to a potent offense. That's not just shutting down Johnson. WR Nate Burleson is back from injury, and Reggie Bush is dangerous out of the backfield. To win, backups will have to play like starters.

The pick

Lions 27, Bucs 21



1 p.m., Ford Field, Detroit | TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM | Line, O/U: Lions by 9, 48½

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