Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions on December 26-December 27, 2020

Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 2019 Detroit Lions hit their Week Five bye with only one loss on their docket. After returning from their week off, the Lions only notched one more win in the season's last three months. It didn't help that a back injury sidelined quarterback Matthew Stafford from midseason on, marking the first games he had missed since 2010. The Lions were 0-8 in his absence, including a 38-17 loss to Tampa Bay in Detroit in Week 15.

After the Lions emphatically shot down trade rumors involving their quarterback in the spring, Stafford will presumably be back under center when the Lions and Buccaneers meet again in December of the 2020 season, and that should make a big difference. The former 2009 first-overall pick in 2009, Stafford was having a fantastic season before his injury, with a 19-5 TD-INT ratio, a 106.0 passer rating that was a career best and 312.4 yards per game. Of course, the Buccaneers have a new quarterback of their own to battle Stafford, and while Tom Brady was famously a sixth-round pick, he might go first-overall in an all-time NFL draft.

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History: Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

All Time Record (entering 2020 season): 27-31

Streaks: Bucs won last meeting

Most Recent Matchup: Bucs won in Detroit, 38-17

Players and Coaches to Know:

Detroit Lions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Detroit Lions 2019 Record: 3-12-1

Scoring Offense: t-18th (21.3 points per game)

Total Offense: 17th (346.8 yards per game)

Rushing Offense: 21st (103.1 yards per game)

Passing Offense: 10th (243.8 yards per game)

Scoring Defense: 26th (26.4 points per game)

Total Defense: 31st (400.4 yards per game)

Rushing Defense: 21st (115.9 yards per game)

Passing Defense: 32nd (284.4 yards per game)

Turnover Margin: t-24th (-5)

Lions' 2020 Draft Class: CB Jeff Okudah (Round 1, 3rd overall), RB D'Andre Swift (Round 2, 35th overall), DE Julian Okwara (Round 3, 67th overall), G Jonah Jackson (Round 3, 75th overall), G Logan Sternberg (Round 4, 121st overall), WR Quintez Cephus (Round 5, 166th overall), RB Jason Huntley (Round 5, 172nd overall), DT John Penisini (Round 6, 197th overall), DE Jashon Cornell (Round 7, 235th overall)

Key Veteran Additions: LB Jamie Collins (UFA), DT Danny Shelton (UFA), CB Desmond Trufant (FA), S Duron Harmon (T-NE), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (UFA), QB Chase Daniel (UFA), WR Geronimo Allison (UFA), DT Nick Williams (UFA), S Jayron Kearse (UFA)

Notable Departures: CB Darius Slay (T-PHI), DT Damon Harrison (Released), DT A'Shawn Robinson (UFA), T Ricky Wagner (Released), G Graham Glasgow (UFA), LB Devon Kennard (Released), CB Rashaan Melvin

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