Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds, Prediction, and Pick
In week 1 of the NFL Season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions square off in Tampa Bay. This match-up features two teams that are up and coming and could definitely make the playoffs in 2011. The Buccaneers are coming off a strong season in which they exceeded expectations by finishing 10-6. They are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and have several promising players that could become pro bowlers in the upcoming years. On offense they feature a three headed monster of quarterback Josh Freeman, running back LeGarrette Blunt, and wide receiver Mike Williams. Blount and Williams both had very impressive rookie seasons and should be improved in their second seasons. If they can stay healthy, the Buccaneers will compete for a playoff spot, and could very well achieve that goal this season.
The Lions are coming into the 2011 season with hopes that Matthew Stafford can stay healthy for an entire season for the first time in his career. Stafford has shown great promise when he has been healthy and the Lions offense can be very dangerous. The combination of Stafford and Calvin Johnson can be deadly at times. Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and can simply take over games at times. On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions were greatly improved last season and should be even better this season. The Lions have great potential to be a most improved teams in 2011, but much of this will depend on the health of their impact players.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: -3
- Detroit Lions: +3
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» Free Prediction
Both teams are extremely talented and this should turn out to be a very exciting game. The game will feature two high-powered offenses and there should be plenty of scoring. These two teams met in Tampa Bay last year with the Lions winning in overtime. The result will be different this time and I expect the Buccaneers to grasp the victory and get their season off to a good start.
- Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 28 Detroit Lions 24
» Free Pick
The spread for this game is three and I think that's a very appropriate one. These two teams should match-up very well and I think this will be a highly competitive game. Josh Freeman is one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL and I could see him throwing a touchdown late in the game to pull out the win for the Buccaneers in the 4th. I'm picking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to cover the spread.
- Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3