At 2-10, the Bucs don't have much more to play for in 2014. However, the same could have been said for when the Bucs beat the Lions in Detroit last season. Both teams have new coaches and new identities, but will we have the same result?
The Lions offense will get Reggie Bush back on Sunday. Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, the Lions offense has many characteristics that we see in the Saints offense. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate will present a tremendous battle for Bucs CBs Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner, but with Mason Foster out for today's game, look out for Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron.
For the Lions defense, it all starts up front. The mismatch between the Lions defensive line and the Bucs offensive line is probably among the biggest mismatches in the NFL this season. Do not expect the Bucs to run the ball very much today. If Josh McCown holds on to the ball, like he tends to do, the Bucs will struggle to score any points today. Like many weeks, the Bucs will have a distinct size advantage on the outside that they must take advantage of.
Here are today's inactives for the Bucs:
RB Bobby Rainey
LB Mason Foster
TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
The Commish's Prediction: 27-13 Lions
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