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Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the Bucs-Lions matchup from Ford Field which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
The Bucs will try to run their winning streak to three when they take on the Detroit Lions form Ford Field this afternoon at 1:00 and I have a lot of questions.
Will the Buccaneers' resurgent offensive line be able to keep Mike Glennon upright and open up enough holes against Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley for running back Bobby Rainey to do his thing?
What sort of an impact will returning receiver Nate Burleson have on a Lions offense that was shut out in the second half last week in Detroit's loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh?
How much will the Bucs miss safety Dashon Goldson's presence in the secondary today?
Will Gerald McCoy have another multi-sack performance this afternoon?
And who is going to win the one-on-one matchups between Detroit's super-receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and Tampa Bay's all-world cornerback Darrelle "Optimus Prime" Revis?
Yes, those are the questions I have surrounding today's game.
I do feel it will be a close game, it's going to be a hard-fought game because the Lions have their backs to the wall after the disappointing 37-27 loss last Sunday in Pittsburgh. By the way, here's a little caveat - the Lions have not won a game in the Steel City since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Obviously, Detroit doesn't play a lot of the Steelers in Pittsburgh often.
Back to today's game. I think it's going to be a fascinating matchup between Johnson and Revis today. Who's going to win most of those one-on-one matchups? I really believe it will be the Bucs' Revis. A lot of that depends on whether or not McCoy has another mutli-sack game and can be as disruptive a force as he was last week against a banged up Falcons' offensive line. I don't expect that, but I do expect the Buccaneers to put some pressure on Matthew Stafford today and hopefully force some tough throws into the hands of No. 24 when he's trying to win those one-on-one matchups against Megatron.
Tampa Bay will miss Goldson's presence alone in the secondary, that could be the difference in the game as well. Keith Tandy is a good player, but he's not the All-Pro Goldson, who is incredible. Goldson is going to have to learn to change his game according to the new rules, which is why he is not available today in Detroit.
That resurgent offensive line for the Bucs is going to have its hands full against the interior of the Lions' defensive line, led by Suh and Fairly, but I do think they will be up to the task of opening up enough room for Rainey to do his thing.
The way I see it - So, here's how I see it on The Bucs Lane today: the Buccaneers come away with their third consecutive victory, but it will be a hard-fought game. Mike Glennon has really impressed as of late, and I think he will get his first big win on the road against a team with a winning record in the Detroit Lions who are tied for first in the NFC North. My final: Buccaneers 24, Lions 21.
That's it for The Bucs Lane, thanks for reading.
By Tom Krasniqi
The 2-8 Buccaneers look for their third straight when they travel to Motown today to take on the 6-4 Detroit Lions at Ford Field at 1pm (620 WDAE, 95.3FM, 103.5FM). The Bucs are coming off 41-28 blowout win over the Falcons last Sunday and that game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Meanwhile, the NFC North leading Lions will try and rebound from a disappointing 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh last week.
The big matchup to watch today is Bucs CB Darrelle Revis going head-to-head with Lions WR Calvin Johnson. Revis has been splendid this season in shutting down opposing #1 WRs, but Megatron is in a category all by himself. Over his last four games, Johnson has 35 catches for 746 yards and 7 touchdowns. These two met before back in 2010. Revis held Johnson to just one catch for 13 yards. The Lions will throw the ball in Johnson’s direction so Revis has to be ready. Revis has indicated that he plans to get physical with Johnson (6-5, 236) at the line of scrimmage. This will be a fun matchup to watch.
The Lions offense is explosive with playmakers across the board. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for more than 3,000 yards already with 21 touchdowns. Johnson leads the way with 59 catches for 1,083 yards and a league-leading 11 scores. Running back Reggie Bush has proven to be a great addition and is a two-way threat. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 36 catches out of the backfield. The Bucs need to know where Bush and Johnson are at on each play. Linebacker LaVonte David is having a Pro Bowl type season and may be called upon to shadow Bush. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was dominant last week with 3 sacks. He needs more help if the Bucs are to pressure Stafford, who has been sacked just 12 times this season. The Lions will get a boost with the expected return of WR Nate Burleson, who’s been out since September with a forearm injury. If the Bucs can limit the big play potential of the Lions offense, they stand a good chance of pulling this off.
The Bucs secondary won’t have safety Dashon Goldson, who’s suspended for today’s game after his illegal hit on Falcons WR Roddy White last week. Keith Tandy will get the start in his place. CB Johnthan Banks is banged up with a shoulder injury. Not the way you want to be on your back end when you’re facing an explosive offense on the road.
On offense, the Bucs have established themselves as a smash mouth football team under head coach Greg Schiano. Over their last three games, the Bucs have rushed for more than 500 yards. Running back Bobby Rainey was spectacular last week with 163 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns. He’ll face a stout Lions rush defense that ranks 5th in the NFL. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are playing well inside and will be tough to contain. Linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy have been effective. Levy is tied for the NFL lead with 5 picks. The Bucs offensive line has been blowing teams off the ball since Jamon Meredith was inserted at left guard and right guard Davin Joseph looks healthier than he’s been. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon is coming off a terrific game after completing 20 of 23 passes last week against the Falcons. He has a strong connection going with WR Vincent Jackson, who lit up the Falcons for 10 catches for 165 yards and a score. Glennon and Jackson should continue their hot play against a Lions pass defense that ranks 30th in the NFL.
Since 2001, the Bucs are 5-3 against the Lions. In their last meeting back in the 2011 season opener, the Lions beat the Bucs 27-20 at Raymond James Stadium. Stafford threw two touchdowns to Johnson. The Lions lead the all-time series 29-25 and have won three of the last four meetings.
Prediction: The Bucs are playing with great confidence and they feel like they can play with anybody. The Lions are more than just Megatron on offense. Bush is a big time weapon. Wideouts Kris Durham and Burleson will be involved along with Brandon Pettigrew at tight end. With Goldson out and Banks hurting, the Bucs won’t be able to account for all of Detroit’s firepower on offense. The Bucs are winless on the road this season and that trend will continue. 27-20 Lions.
By Tom Krasniqi
When you talk about the explosive offenses around the NFL, the Lions come to mind immediately. They have a 3,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard receiver and a running back with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage. And there are 6 games left in the season. That’s firepower right there.
The 2-8 Bucs will have their hands full on Sunday when they visit the 6-4 Lions at Ford Field. Defensively, the Bucs need to find a way to limit Detroit’s big plays on offense. Easier said than done.
The Lions offense is more than just WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford. Running back Reggie Bush gives them explosive plays out of the backfield as both a runner and a receiver. The Lions have a big time size advantage at the WR/TE position. Johnson is 6-5. WR Kris Durham is 6-6. TE Brandon Pettigrew is 6-5. Rookie TE Joseph Fauria is 6-7. That could pose a problem down in the red zone.
Bush really makes this Lions offense go. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 36 receptions out of the backfield. The Bucs know he will be tough to contain, especially in space.
“Whenever he gets his hands on the ball, everybody has to corral him,” linebacker LaVonte David said regarding Bush after Friday’s practice. David says the key is to stopping Bush is not letting him off to a good start.
In his only meeting against the Bucs, Stafford threw for 305 yards and 3 TDs back in the 2011 season opener at Raymond James Stadium. Two of those TD passes went to Johnson.
The Bucs will be shorthanded in the secondary with safety Dashon Goldson suspended for Sunday. Keith Tandy will start in his place. That figures to be a noticeable drop-off in talent.
The Lions offense might be the best offense the Bucs have seen this year. Back in Week 2, the Bucs held the high powered Saints offense to just 16 points.
“I probably wouldn’t say they [Lions offense] are as good as New Orleans, but they’re up there,” David said when asked to compare both offenses.
As for the final injury report, Bucs LG Carl Nicks (foot) and LB Mason Foster (concussion) are out. CB Johnthan Banks (shoulder), DE Da’Quan Bowers (concussion), RG Davin Joseph (knee), LG Jamon Meredith (ankle), WR Chris Owusu (foot) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) are probable.
Notable injuries for the Lions: DE Israel Odonije (knee), RB Joique Bell (Achilles) and FS Glover Quin (Achilles) are questionable. WR Nate Burleson (forearm), S Louis Delmas (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), DT Andre Fluellen (thigh) and WR Calvin Johnson (knee) are probable.
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BY: John Mamola / 620wdae.com
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrapped up their final practice at One Buc Place in preparation for the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. Here is what the Bucs had to say following practice today.
Audio courtesy of Tom Krasniqi
By Tom Krasniqi
It’s never easy to adjust when you lose a key player from your defense. The Bucs will not have the services of safety Dashon Goldson for Sunday’s game at Detroit. Now it’s next man up. That next man is Keith Tandy.
The second year player out of West Virginia will start for the suspended Goldson on Sunday. Tandy was a cornerback that has converted over to safety and the Bucs are confident that he can fill in capably.
“Keith is really an intelligent football player,” said Bucs head coach Greg Schiano after Thursday’s practice. “He’s not the biggest guy but he’s certainly not afraid of contact. He’ll throw his body in there. He understands the scheme very well. He plays multiple positions in the scheme. Keith is one of those guys we rely on for a lot of things, not only on defense but the kicking game as well.”
Tandy (5-10, 205) will make his 3rd start of the season on Sunday. He made two starts when Goldson was out with a knee injury. A couple of weeks ago in Seattle, Tandy started and played well—5 tackles and an interception of Russell Wilson.
“I think every game, I definitely get a little bit more confident as far as getting the reps out there,” Tandy told reporters on Thursday. “And then you go out there and make a couple of plays, your confidence builds. We try and make sure that we build on that every day in practice. I’m starting to see plays before they happen so it’s helping out.”
Tandy and the Bucs defense have a tough test Sunday against the high flying Lions offense, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford. There are plenty of weapons for Tandy to worry about-- wideout Calvin Johnson, running back Reggie Bush and tight end Brandon Pettigrew.
“We have some different things that we’re going to throw at them,” Tandy said about the Lions offense. “We have some schemes that we already have so we’re just going to try and execute that. Make sure that we get a good key on what they do in certain situations.”
On the Thursday injury report, Bucs LG Carl Nicks (foot) and LB Mason Foster (concussion) did not practice. CB Johnthan Banks (shoulder) was upgraded to a full practice. DE Da’Quan Bowers (concussion), RG Davin Joseph (knee), LG Jamon Meredith (ankle), WR Chris Owusu (foot) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced fully.
Notable injuries for the Lions: WR Calvin Johnson (knee), RB Joique Bell (Achilles) and FS Glover Quin (Achilles) were upgraded to limited practice time. WR Nate Burleson (forearm) was upgraded to a full practice and should return this week. S Louis Delmas (knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle), DT Andre Fluellen (thigh) and DE Israel Idonije (knee) were limited.
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