2019 NFL – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions taking place? Sunday 15th December, 2019 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions taking place? Ford Field, Detroit

What is the expected weather for Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions? 2c in cloudy skies

What television channel is Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions on? Sky Sports will be showing live NFL games during the season so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions? Subscribers to NFL GAMEPASS can stream matches live on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions? Check Ticketmaster for ticket information on selected games

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Detroit Lions 24-21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

THE TEAM NEWS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

  • Tampa Bay made it three wins in a row as their late season revival picked up pace with an impressive victory over Indianapolis but the Bucs suffered some potentially major injury problems last week.
  • The Buccaneers could be without quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans who both picked up injuries in their team's win in Week 14 with the latter likely to be placed on injured reserve before this game due to a hamstring injury.
  • Winston was limited at Wednesday’s practice and there were numerous other players unable to log a full practice, with linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul one of those to sit out as he manages a knee problem.

DETROIT LIONS

  • Detroit struggled on offense as they lost a sixth consecutive game with the Lions continuing to miss the presence of quarterback Matthew Stafford as back-up David Blough struggled to make an impression last week.
  • The Lions have failed to run the ball effectively all season and that was evident in the loss to the Vikings with just 70 rushing yards which was also a contributing factor in their limitations through the air.
  • Those issues through the air are likely to be even more evident this week with wide receiver Marvin Jones placed on injured reserve whilst the Lions also have several other injury concerns, with no less than seven players sitting out Wednesday’s practice.

THE PREDICTION

Tampa Bay's winning run could be in jeopardy if quarterback Jameis Winston is unable to prove his fitness and even if he does feature, his most talented receiver is likely to be out for the rest of the season. The Bucs have spread the ball around a lot this season but with Evans out more focus might be placed on Chris Godwin, who has the second highest number of receiving yards in the NFL heading into this game. Despite those concerns for the Bucs, the Lions look a poor outfit without Matthew Stafford and the road team should be able to extend their winning streak to four matches.

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