Bucs schedule analysis — Week 7

Matthew Postins' 2007 schedule analysis continues with a look at the Bucs' Week 7 game against Detroit.

Each day for the next 16 days, BucsBlitz.com's Matthew Postins will take a quick look at each game on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2007 schedule. Some things to keep in mind:

Tampa Bay opens on the road for the fourth time in the last five years. The Bucs are 3-1 in that situation.

The Bucs have the third-easiest schedule in the NFL in 2007, by winning percentage.

The Bucs have just one prime-time game scheduled, Dec. 23 at San Francisco. That start time could change if NBC chooses to exercise its "flex scheduling" option for that week.

Tampa Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m., FOX, Oct. 21

The Bucs squeaked by the Lions in 2005 at home, part of a 4-0 start for the Bucs that season.

Detroit was busy during free agency, but their most significant signings was DE Dewayne White from Tampa Bay. They re-signed DE Corey Smith and traded for RB Tatum Bell. Meanwhile, they lost CB Dre Bly, TE Marcus Pollard, G Ross Verba and DT Marcus Bell.

The Lions may not have RB Kevin Jones for this game, a legitimate concern if you're head coach Rod Marinelli. Bell is there for insurance. The Lions have been one of the worst franchises in the NFL the past five years and they've given me no reason to believe they'll improve this season given their moves in free agency.

Final score: Tampa Bay 30, Detroit 13. Record: 4-3

— Matthew Postins

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