Preview & Analysis:  Buccaneers vs  Lions 01-21-2024

Preview & Analysis: Buccaneers vs Lions 01-21-2024

January 17, 2024


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On January 21 at Ford Field in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-8) will try to defeat the Detroit Lions (12-5) on the road.


In the Wild-Card Round, the Buccaneers didnt have the advantage vs the Eagles, but they prevailed 32-9 at home. In that game, Baker Mayfield had a fantastic performance, passing for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns. Their offense appeared to be playing at its highest level of play thus far this season, and it has significantly improved in the 2nd half of the campaign. That’s why it’s difficult to dismiss the Bucs here even if the Lions have a stronger team. For the season, the Buccaneers have gained 5,321 yards in total. With 188 first downs overall, Tampa Bay has been penalized 100 times for 751 yards. They have amassed 28 throwing touchdowns and 8 ground touchdowns when it comes to scoring in the end zone.



The Lions have a 13-5 record on the season going into this matchup. The Lions defeated the Rams 24-23 in the Wild Card round to win their first postseason game in thirty-two years. Detroit completed the game with 79 yards on 25 attempts, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Stats say the Lions had the strongest running defense in the NFL this year. That could not affect things too much, though, as the Bucs are a club that doesn’t anticipate getting much from the running game. The Lions’ main problem going into the postseason was their poor pass defense, which gave up the most air yards (2,735) in the NFL and was among the worst 3 in terms of rival average depth of target (9.3) and yards per completion (12.3). As expected, Stafford crushed the Lions last week, finishing with a season-high 367 yards, 2 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a 120.9 passing rating.



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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Detroit Lions Game Information

  • Date: 01/21/2024
  • Time: 03:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch Buccaneers vs Lions CBS
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass


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