If James Stewart is going to play, he's due for another big game against the Bucs. However, most reports are saying he won't. That can pose a problem, seeing as how the backups are Lamont Warren, and Rueben Droughns, who have both been rather ineffective this far. This may force whichever QB is in for the Lions' to throw. This should be an interesting game, perhaps with another close finish.
Bucs: 28 Lions: 21
The Lions are struggling mightily, and they haven't given a sign that they can get out of this funk. Two of their three "go-to" guys are out (James Stewart and Germane Crowell), and Batch isn't a Quarterback that can make things happen on his own. The Bucs offense isn't a force, but it's not a joke like it's been in the past. Charlie Batch will struggle to get the ball to Johnnie Morton, and the Offensive Line will have problems containing the Bucs Defensive Line. This one is going to be ugly
TAMPA BAY 45 | DETROIT 10
I'm done picking the Lions to win. My brief attempt to rally the team last week with a winning prediction failed miserably (Det 28/SF 21), so either the Lions do not visit this web site, or they cannot be motivated. Either way, I feel dissed. Speaking of dissed; The Buccaneers are 3-4, when at the inauguration of the 2001 season, most analysts had them undefeated at this point -- or at least close to it. Their offense isn't ground based like in past seasons, but their passing attack isn't consistent. There is poor chemistry on the defensive line with Simeon Rice, which has allowed opposing running backs to rush for just over 4-yards per carry. Regardless, the Lions won't have James Stewart. They won't have Stockar McDougle, and despite reports of team chemistry still on confident levels, this team has given up.
TAMPA BAY 35 -- LIONS 17