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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction DEC 26TH 2020

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions Recap DEC 26TH 2020

Jameis Winston completed 28 of 42 passes for a career-high 458 yards and four touchdowns to power the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 38-17 win against the host Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Winston also added to his league-leading total of interceptions when he threw his 24th, but he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 450 yards in consecutive games.

Three of Winston's touchdown passes went to wideout Breshad Perriman, the son of former Lions wideout Brett Perriman.

Tampa Bay (7-7) won its fourth straight game, while Detroit (3-10-1) lost its seventh straight.

Tampa Bay took a 7-0 lead with 7:25 left in the first quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Perriman, which capped off an eight-play, 79-yard drive.

The Buccaneers drove longer on their next scoring drive, going 99 yards in five plays and taking a 14-0 lead on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Scotty Miller.

With 8:13 left until halftime, Tampa Bay went ahead 21-0 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Perriman.

After the teams exchanged field goals, the Lions cut their deficit to 24-10 with 6:45 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Wes Hills, which completed an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

The Lions then pulled within a touchdown at 24-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter on another 1-yard touchdown run by Hills, the final play in an 87-yard drive that lasted seven plays.

Following a missed 54-yard field goal attempt by Tampa Bay kicker Matt Gay, the Lions drove to the Tampa Bay 32-yard line. Detroit native Sean Murphy-Bunting picked off a pass from Lions quarterback David Blough and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-17 Tampa Bay with 5:12 left.

Following a turnover on downs, Tampa Bay drove down the field and took a 38-17 lead with 2:59 left on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Winston to Perriman.

Winston passed for 456 yards and four scores in a 38-35 win against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14.

--Field Level Media

Tom Brady's arrival led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to believe their long playoff drought might end this season.

That dream could come to fruition as early as Saturday, when the Bucs visit Detroit.


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A victory would clinch a playoff berth with one more game to go. So would a Chicago loss or tie to Jacksonville.

The Bucs (9-5) are also still in the running for an NFC South Division title. While the Bucs trail the Saints (10-4) by a game, if the teams finished tied, the Saints would win the tiebreaker since they beat Tampa Bay twice in the regular season.

The last time the Bucs reached the postseason was 2007, when they lost to the New York Giants in the wild-card round.

"I call them hat and T-shirt games," coach Bruce Arians said. "This is a hat and T-shirt game. You get a hat and a T-shirt when you're in the playoffs. It's a great feeling for these guys. That was the goal this year -- it was to get in The Dance and anything can happen once you're in there. But get ourselves in The Dance and we have that opportunity on (Saturday)."

A Brady-fueled comeback on Sunday put the Bucs on the brink of a postseason berth. Tampa Bay trailed Atlanta 17-0 at halftime but roared back for a 31-27 triumph. Brady threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns.

He needs 114 passing yards on Saturday to reach the 4,000-yard mark for the season. Brady will be making his 300th career regular-season appearance.


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With Ronald Jones placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and also recovering from finger surgery, Leonard Fournette served as the main running back against the Falcons. He rushed for 49 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

"I thought it was fine," Arians said of the running game. "When we wanted to run, we were successful. We pounded it in twice at the goal line and ran out the clock at the end of the game. In between, it was hit or miss. Just enough to keep the play action really good."

The pass defense was subpar, as it allowed 332 yards. The Bucs also failed to force a turnover.

"Our defense needs to reevaluate themselves a little bit and get back to what we're supposed to be doing and what we're capable of doing," Arians said.

The Lions (5-9) have allowed 30 or more points in each of their last four games. Their decimated defense was gouged for 463 yards in a 46-25 loss to Carolina on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford played despite a rib injury and threw for 252 yards and a touchdown before he was replaced late in the game by Chase Daniel.


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"He was sore coming out of the game. He did take a couple of hits in that game," interim coach Darrell Bevell said. "He's as tough as they come, tough as nails."

The Lions are out of the playoff picture, but Stafford isn't interested in sitting out the last two games if he feels he can play.

"To be honest with you, I don't think he'll let that happen," Bevell said. "These guys are true competitors. There's a sense of pride that you need to be there, you want to be there for your teammates."

Detroit was forced to close its practice facility on Tuesday after two members of the organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Bevell isn't sure how much the team will be allowed to practice this week.

"Just got to play that by ear," he said.

--Field Level Media

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions

Player Position Lineup
Shaquil Barrett primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Sean Murphy-Bunting primary: Cornerback Starter
Alex Cappa primary: Right Guard Starter
Lavonte David primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jamel Dean primary: Cornerback Starter
Mike Evans primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Chris Godwin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Jensen primary: Center Starter
Ali Marpet primary: Left Guard Starter
Rakeem Nunez-Roches primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Jason Pierre-Paul primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Donovan Smith primary: Left Tackle Starter
Devin White primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Jordan Whitehead primary: Safety Starter
Tom Brady primary: Quarterback Starter
Ndamukong Suh primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Rob Gronkowski primary: Tight End Starter
Tristan Wirfs primary: Right Tackle Starter
Antoine Winfield Jr. primary: Safety Starter
Leonard Fournette primary: Runningback Starter
Ross Cockrell primary: Cornerback Starter
Antonio Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Cameron Brate primary: Tight End Substitution
Mike Edwards primary: Safety Substitution
William Gholston primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Tanner Hudson primary: Tight End Substitution
Jeremiah Ledbetter primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Herb Miller primary: Cornerback Substitution
Scotty Miller primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Anthony Nelson primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Patrick O'Connor primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Bradley Pinion primary: Punter Substitution
Ryan Smith primary: Cornerback Substitution
Aaron Stinnie primary: Guard Substitution
Zach Triner primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kevin Minter primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Joe Haeg primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Andrew Adams primary: Safety Substitution
Blaine Gabbert primary: Quarterback Substitution
Ke'Shawn Vaughn primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Chapelle Russell primary: Inside Linebacker Substitution
Cam Gill primary: Outside Linebacker Substitution
Josh Wells primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
LeSean McCoy primary: Runningback Substitution
Ryan Succop primary: Kicker Substitution
Kenjon Barner primary: Runningback Substitution
Steve McLendon primary: Nose Tackle Substitution
Antony Auclair primary: Tight End Not active
Carlton Davis primary: Cornerback Not active
Ryan Griffin primary: Quarterback Not active
Justin Watson primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Khalil Davis primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Player Position Lineup
Oday Aboushi primary: Right Guard Starter
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Justin Coleman primary: Cornerback Starter
Joe Dahl primary: Center Starter
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive Linesman Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Safety Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Tackle Starter
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Starter
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
John Penisini primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Starter
Mohamed Sanu Sr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
David Blough primary: Quarterback Substitution
Austin Bryant primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mike Ford primary: Cornerback Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Jesse James primary: Tight End Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dan Skipper primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Kevin Strong primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Julian Okwara primary: Linebacker Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Hunter Bryant primary: Tight End Substitution
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Linebacker Substitution
Evan Brown primary: Center Substitution
Tramaine Brock primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tyrell Crosby primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Frank Herron primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Frank Ragnow primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Jayron Kearse primary: Safety Not active
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 27 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
    • Passer: Tom Brady
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 33 Yards
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Pass Receiver: Rob Gronkowski
  • Period 2
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 12 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Pass Receiver: Antonio Brown
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Tom Brady
    • Pass Receiver: Chris Godwin
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 4 Yards
    • Rusher: Leonard Fournette
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
  • Period 3
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 22 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Blaine Gabbert
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Evans
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Punt Return
    • 74 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Punt Returner: Jamal Agnew
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 25 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Ryan Succop
    • Passer: Blaine Gabbert
    • Pass Receiver: Rob Gronkowski
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Kansas City W 9 - 31
  • @Green Bay W 31 - 26
  • @New Orleans W 30 - 20
  • @Washington W 31 - 23
  • Atlanta W 27 - 44
  • @Detroit W 47 - 7
  • @Atlanta W 31 - 27
  • Minnesota W 14 - 26
  • Kansas City L 27 - 24
  • L.A. Rams L 27 - 24
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Minnesota L 37 - 35
  • Tampa Bay L 47 - 7
  • @Tennessee L 25 - 46
  • Green Bay L 31 - 24
  • @Chicago W 34 - 30
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21

Last Meetings

  • Buccaneers @ Lions 47-7
  • Buccaneers @ Lions 38-17
  • Lions @ Buccaneers 33-30
  • Lions @ Buccaneers 24-21
  • Buccaneers @ Lions 17-34
  • Buccaneers @ Lions 24-21
  • Lions @ Buccaneers 27-20
  • Lions @ Buccaneers 23-20
  • Buccaneers @ Lions 38-20
  • Buccaneers @ Lions 16-23

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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