By The Associated Press
Dec. 07, 2017
DETROIT (6-6) at TAMPA BAY (4-8)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE — OFF
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Detroit 5-6-1, Tampa Bay 3-8-1
SERIES RECORD — Lions lead 30-27
LAST MEETING — Lions beat Buccaneers 34-17, Dec. 7, 2014
LAST WEEK — Lions lost to Ravens 44-20; Buccaneers lost to Packers 26-20, OT
AP PRO32 RANKING — Lions No. 16, Buccaneers No. 26
LIONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (31), PASS (6)
LIONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (19), PASS (27)
BUCCANEERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (28), PASS (5)
BUCCANEERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (23), PASS (31)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Lions lead all-time series between former NFC Central rivals 30-27, including Bucs' 20-10 playoff win in 1997. Teams have split eight games (4-4) since realignment in 2002, although Lions have won three of past four. Playoff meeting was final game in old Tampa Stadium. ... Lions QB Matthew Stafford's status uncertain after throwing hand was stepped on during last week's lopsided loss at Baltimore. His streak of 108 consecutive starts over six-plus seasons is third longest in NFL behind Matt Ryan (128) and Philip Rivers (118). ... Stafford second in league with 3,302 passing yards and has been especially effective in past three road starts, throwing for 952 yards, five touchdowns and one interception for 121.8 rating. ... Lions CB Darius Slay, tied for NFC lead with 15 passes defensed, figures to be matched up with Bucs WR Mike Evans much of game. ... Bucs QB Jameis Winston makes second start since missing three games because of shoulder sprain. He threw for 270 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions, but also had fumble returned for TD last week at Green Bay. ... With RB Doug Martin sidelined by concussion, second-year pro Peyton Barber had first 100-yard rushing performance of career. Since start of 2016, Bucs have had just three 100-yard rushers, none of them Martin, two-time Pro Bowl selection. ... TE Cameron Brate had two TD receptions last week. He's second among NFL tight ends with 14 TD catches since beginning of last season, one behind Seattle's Jimmy Graham. Fantasy Tip: Stafford's injury makes it difficult to gauge how effective he might be. Evans had two TD receptions when Lions and Bucs last met three years ago. He's been better at home than on road recently with 696 receiving yards and seven TDs over his last nine at Raymond James Stadium.
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