Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs-Lions: What they're saying, numbers

The poll

Should the Bucs continue to turn things around, which is most likely to happen?

Coach Greg Schiano saves his job: 34 percent

Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy earn Pro Bowl recognition: 28 percent

Mike Glennon becomes the long-term quarterback: 25 percent

GM Mark Dominik saves his job: 6 percent

Bucs make the playoffs in 2014: 5 percent

Bobby Rainey supplants Doug Martin as the go-to back: 2 percent

Total: 150 votes

By the numbers

25-29 Bucs' record against the Lions

3 Consecutive games the Bucs have rushed for at least 140 yards, tying a team record

49.3 Average receiving yards by the Lions' Calvin Johnson in the second half of games this season

70.9 Average yards by Johnson in the first half of games this season

72 Second-half yards by the Lions in last week's 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh

What they're saying

Amazing what a couple of wins can do. After their overtime loss to the Seahawks on Nov. 3, the 0-8 Bucs could have easily tanked for a coach they didn't seem to believe in. However, Tampa Bay has racked up two straight victories since then, and now, there's talk that Greg Schiano's highly disciplined way of doing things might actually be a positive root cause.

Doug Farrar Sports Illustrated

An upset wouldn't surprise me here at all. But with Bucs safety Dashon Goldson suspended, I'll take the Lions' passing game to take advantage of a depleted secondary and win a close, high-scoring game.

Michael David Smith Profootballtalk.com

The picks

Methinks Jim Schwartz doth protest too much in defending his dubious decision to try that fake field goal last week in Pittsburgh. We get it, Jimmy. You're going to be aggressive at all times. Whether it's prudent or not. But me also thinks the Lions win handily this week at home to get back on track and improve to 4-1 at Ford Field this season. I love when Shakespeare and the NFL blend seamlessly. Lions, 33-17.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

The Lions are back home after a tough loss to the Steelers while Tampa Bay is riding a two-game winning streak. The Bucs are playing hard, but the Lions are in the thick of the playoff hunt. They will get that offense going at home, and the Bucs won't be able to keep up. Lions, 34-23.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

The nothing-to-lose-except-more-games Bucs can give the up-and-down Lions a real scare as Detroit plays a pair of home games only four days apart. Picking the upset is tempting, but the Lions have the talent and the incentive to find a way to win. Lions, 27-13.

Mike Florio Profootballtalk.com

Bucs at Lions

1 p.m., Ford Field, Detroit

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM

Line/over-under: Lions by 9; 48½

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14Week 15Week 16Week 17

Jets 18, Bucs 17

0-1

Saints 16, Bucs 14

0-2

Patriots 23, Bucs 3

0-3

Cards 13, Bucs 10

0-4

Eagles 31, Bucs 20

0-5

Falcons 31, Bucs 23

0-6

Panthers 31, Bucs 13

0-7

'Hawks 27, Bucs 24 OT

0-8

Bucs 22, Dolphins 19

1-8

Bucs 41 Falcons 28

2-8

Lions

1 today Ch. 13

Panthers

1 Dec. 1 Ch. 13

Bills

1 Dec. 8 Ch. 10

49ers

1 Dec. 15 Ch. 13

Rams

1 Dec. 22 Ch. 13

Saints

1 Dec. 29 Ch. 13

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