TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Ford Field
Weather: High 30, Low 21
Line: Detroit (-9.5)
Coming off a tough loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which they gave the game away, the Detroit Lions are looking to rebound in week 12. Sitting at 6-4 with the lead in the NFC North, the Lions can’t give any more games away because the Chicago Bears are nipping at their heels. Matthew Stafford continues to impress with his rocket arm and deadly connection with Calvin Johnson. Stafford has 3,198 yards and 21 touchdowns for the third-ranked passing offense in the NFL, connecting with Johnson 59 times for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reggie Bush has been a nice complement to the offense, rushing for 654 yards and two scores while receiving for another 366 yards and another two touchdowns.
With two straight wins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have put the 0-8 start and winless for a whole season talks to rest. It doesn’t exactly look like this team is setting the world on fire with their winning, but victories are victories. Tampa Bay is now led by Mike Glennon at quarterback and the rookie looks to be settling in just a bit at the position after taking over for Josh Freeman a little more than a month ago. The rookie QB has passed for 1,535 yards and 11 touchdowns in that time, making Vincent Jackson his favorite target. Jackson has caught 56 passes for 827 yards and five touchdowns — it looks like he’s pretty happy that the young gun has taken over at quarterback so he can get the ball even more. Both Doug Martin and Mike James are out at running back with injuries and Bobby Rainey has taken over.
Defensively, the Lions are not one of the best units out there. They rank 25th in total yards allowed per game while the secondary has struggled, ranking 30th in passing yards allowed per game. The run defense, however, is one of the best in the NFL, ranking fifth. Tampa Bay ranks 15th in total yards allowed as well as 18th in passing yards allowed while excelling, as well, on run defense — ranking ninth.
PREDICTION: Buccaneers 21, Lions 30