The Buccaneers will try to get their fourth win in a row on Sunday in Detroit. The Lions have lost six games in a row and have only won 3 games so far this season. With their 3-9-1 record, the Lions have most likely given up on the season.
Key To Winning: Great Game By Winston Against Porous Secondary
With Alex Cappa sitting this game out again, it will certainly be yet another challenge for the Buccaneers offensive line to provide enough time for Jameis Winston in the pocket. If given time, Winston should thrive against the Lions defense, which is ranked 30th in the NFL at the moment.
Beyond that, not only will Jameis have to find a way to make things happen with Mike Evans sitting out, he will also have to do so with a fractured thumb on his throwing hand. Needless to say, the Buccaneers may be eliminated from the playoffs, but Winston has a lot left to play for.
OJ Howard Needs To Step Up
With the Buccaneers’ top wide receiver sitting out, Byron Leftwich and the offense need to involve other players in order to be successful against the Lions. OJ Howard has had a disappointing first season under Bruce Arians. He did step up last week with a strong game. Chances are he will see more targets than usual this week again. Hopefully, Howard can take advantage of the increased workload with a strong game.
Conclusion: Bucs Win Fourth Game In A Row, Reach .500
Look for Tampa’s defense to take another step forward against a team that has nothing left to play for this year. Backup quarterback David Blough will start for the Lions. He has played in 2 games so far this season. Expect him to struggle against Tampa’ much-improved defense.
Jameis Winston should play decent. He passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. On the other hand, he will not be able to avoid another 2 turnovers. His performance will be enough to beat the Lions. The Buccaneers win and move to .500, which is an important step to finish the season on a high note.
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