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NFL : Teaser Line Matchup
Sunday 12/10/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore




DETROIT (6 - 6) at TAMPA BAY (4 - 8)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/10/2017 1:00 PM
Board SideTotal
105DETROIT+7Over 41.5
106TAMPA BAY+5Under 53.5
DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-6+0.45-69-326.211.3337.1(5.7)1.425.714.3360.3(5.8)1.6
Road Games4-2+2.63-24-225.510.8332.7(5.5)1.825.714.2335.3(5.8)1.3
Last 3 Games1-2-10-23-023.310.3337.7(6.2)2.032.719.0392.0(6.1)0.3
Grass Games2-1+11-13-025.711.7380.3(6.4)1.728.313.3359.7(6.1)0.3
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.211.318.730:1123-78(3.4)23-3663.9%259(7.2)59-337(5.7)(12.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.910.518.730:0326-102(3.9)21-3463.2%220(6.5)60-322(5.4)(15.4)
Offense Road Games25.510.818.532:2727-85(3.1)22-3465.8%248(7.4)61-333(5.5)(13)
Defense (All Games)25.714.321.229:4927-115(4.2)22-3463.5%245(7.1)62-360(5.8)(14)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.210.719.630:2127-112(4.1)22-3463.2%222(6.5)61-333(5.4)(15.8)
Defense Road Games25.714.219.527:3325-124(4.9)21-3364.0%211(6.4)58-335(5.8)(13.1)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-437.0%1-158.3%3-58(21.7)2-12(7)6-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.3 13-539.1%1-048.8%2-44(22.3)15-2(7.9)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 11-329.7%1-028.6%3-78(22.3)2-12(5.5)5-48

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-8-4.73-87-520.28.3349.7(5.6)
Home Games3-2+0.82-31-417.210.4340.8(5.4)
Last 3 Games1-2-11-23-023.312.0363.0(5.6)0.326.714.7413.3(7.1)2.3
Grass Games4-3+0.83-43-419.411.7345.7(5.4)0.917.48.6334.9(5.4)2.1
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)20.28.321.229:4824-88(3.6)23-3860.8%262(6.9)62-350(5.6)(17.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.2210.819.730:1526-110(4.2)22-3463.4%230(6.7)61-340(5.6)(15.5)
Offense Home Games17.210.420.229:3426-99(3.8)21-3755.6%242(6.5)63-341(5.4)(19.8)
Defense (All Games)24.012.620.330:3227-118(4.3)23-3567.0%267(7.7)62-386(6.2)(16.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.310.819.330:0527-111(4.1)22-3464.2%223(6.6)60-333(5.5)(15.6)
Defense Home Games15.27.219.030:2623-76(3.2)26-4164.4%248(6)64-324(5)(21.3)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-748.5%1-014.3%2-53(22.7)2-10(6.2)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.3 13-539.9%1-043.4%2-44(21.7)15-2(7.6)7-57
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-640.0%1-020.0%2-35(22)2-16(9)7-59
Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 21.5,  TAMPA BAY 20.7
DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/15/2017@ NEW ORLEANS38-52L5L50O19-6625-52-281537-19321-31-1863
11/6/2017@ GREEN BAY30-17W-2.5W42.5O33-6426-33-353117-7826-38-2330
11/19/2017@ CHICAGO27-24W-3T40.5O24-6521-31-287130-22218-30-1761
12/3/2017@ BALTIMORE20-44L2.5L43O24-7827-34-294327-10123-36-2690
12/10/2017@ TAMPA BAY            
12/24/2017@ CINCINNATI            
12/31/2017GREEN BAY            

TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/15/2017@ ARIZONA33-38L-2.5L46.5O21-6827-42-346235-16018-22-2722
10/22/2017@ BUFFALO27-30L3T46.5O25-6932-44-378333-17320-33-2611
11/5/2017@ NEW ORLEANS10-30L7L54.5U25-8715-28-113132-15122-27-2562
11/12/2017NY JETS15-10W-1W44.5U31-9017-34-181119-5623-39-2192
11/19/2017@ MIAMI30-20W-1.5W44O24-5322-37-268019-8323-40-3655
11/26/2017@ ATLANTA20-34L10L47O23-9427-44-279028-14827-36-3681
12/3/2017@ GREEN BAY20-26L3L45.5O35-16521-32-230129-19913-22-771
12/24/2017@ CAROLINA            
12/31/2017NEW ORLEANS            
DETROIT: QB Matthew Stafford was playing at an MVP level before injuring his throwing hand in Week 14, leading Detroit to a record eight comeback victories. His supporting cast is mediocre, as WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate are better suited to ancillary roles and TE Eric Ebron is still a work in progress. RBs Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner are a lackluster pair of runners, though Theo Riddick is one the league's top pass-catching RBs. Detroit's defense struggled mightily against the pass, allowing the highest opponent QB Rating and recording the third-fewest sacks. DE Kerry Hyder performed well last season while DE Ziggy Ansah posted a career-low two sacks after amassing 30 in his first three seasons. The secondary and linebacking groups are also thin on production, though first-round draft pick LB Jarrad Davis could be a difference maker up the middle.
TAMPA BAY: QB Jameis Winston is developing nicely under head coach Dirk Koetter, reading the field at an advanced level for a young passer. Strong-handed WR Mike Evans led the league in targets last year, and Tampa added deep threat WR DeSean Jackson and first-round draft pick TE O.J. Howard this spring. RB Doug Martin will lead the power running game when his suspension ends in Week 4, with RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber likely to fill in. Tampa's defense improved greatly over the course of last season, allowing just 17.1 points per game in the second half of the year. CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Noah Spence showed great promise and development as rookies, while veterans CB Brent Grimes and DT Gerald McCoy played at a high level. LBs Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander enjoyed a productive season as the Bucs were the best third-down defense in the NFL.
Lions clinging to playoff hopes vs. Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Detroit Lions no longer have wiggle room in the NFC playoff race.

Beginning with Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the Lions are living a must-win existence.

At 6-6 and two games out of the NFC wild-card position, the Lions know they must end a two-game losing streak that jeopardized their previously realistic postseason hopes.

The Bucs (4-8), losers in five of their last seven games, are seeking a positive finish for what has become a disappointing season.

"We're not really worried about (talk) going on outside the building," Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said. "Everybody is going to have their opinion. This time of the year gets pretty interesting.

"The thing you can do as a team is just focus in on the next ballgame. It's how you prepare, how you get ready to play, and you can't worry about anything else."

Faced with negativity following consecutive losses -- 30-23 against the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving Day, then a 44-20 drubbing at Baltimore -- Caldwell has remained undaunted.

"We're always tinkering with things, but also, the season's not over yet, all right?" Caldwell said. "I mean, you guys (reporters) are talking as if all is lost.

"That's the great thing about our game. It's going to challenge you. It's not going to be an easy road. And it's either going to polish you up or grind you down. It's our job to make certain we get polished up."

A key to that is the health of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had his right throwing hand stepped on in the fourth quarter against the Ravens.

Afterward, Stafford said he felt some shooting nerve pain, but X-rays were negative. Caldwell was non-committal about Stafford's status, allowing for the possibility of some action by Jake Rudock, who has attempted only five passes this season.

In Wednesday's open locker-room session, Stafford kept his hand wrapped in a towel. During an interview at the podium, he kept his hand hidden. When a reporter asked if Stafford could show his hand, the quarterback replied, "I would rather not."

"I wasn't sure what to think walking off the field (against the Ravens), but it was a relief there wasn't a break," said Stafford, who had limited participation in Wednesday's practice. "It feels better. I've spent a lot of time with our trainer. It's just a matter of approaching it each day, getting it better and seeing where we are at the end of the week."

Stafford rallied the Lions to within seven points of the Ravens in the fourth quarter after Baltimore assumed a 20-0 halftime advantage. Stafford completed a team-record 20 straight passes in the second half, finishing 24 of 29 for 292 yards overall.

Stafford ranks second in the NFL with 3,302 passing yards, while throwing for 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

"He (Stafford) has always been one to get back in action, but he's healing so we'll see how he does," Caldwell said. "One of the things you find out about him is he's extremely tough, mentally and physically.

"He can make all the throws. He has some riverboat gambler in him, but he's pragmatic in other situations. Either way, he gives you sense you're never out of it. He gives you a chance to win every week."

The Bucs have a similar feeling about their quarterback, third-year pro Jameis Winston, who returned to action last Sunday in a 26-20 overtime loss at Green Bay. Winston, suffering from a shoulder injury, was shut down for three weeks while Tampa Bay played with 13-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Winston passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He had no interceptions, a major positive.

But Winston lost a fumble -- his 50th turnover in 41 NFL games -- that was returned for a touchdown by Green Bay's Dean Lowry. So, the giveaways continue to be an issue with Winston. Additionally, Winston suffered seven sacks.

"He was under more pressure than normal," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said. "The sack-fumble was an example of Jameis -- he has got to just eat it. And he did eat it a couple times. That's where he has to get better at (knowing) when the play is not there."

The Bucs, who haven't made the playoffs since 2007, are trying to avoid a losing record and provide a strong finish to fuel optimism for 2018.

The Lions, though, are clinging to hope. Caldwell, who made the playoffs in two of his three previous seasons, is heartened by the knowledge that his 2010 Indianapolis Colts also qualified for the postseason with a strong finish after a 6-6 mark at the three-quarter pole.

Same record.

Same situation? Hardly.

The Lions are limping home, failing to score a first-quarter touchdown in the past four games.

"We've got to figure it out," Lions safety Glover Quin said. "Time is running out."

Beginning with Sunday's game against the Bucs, Stafford said the Lions intend to find a solution.

"Since Week One, we approach each game and try to win it," Stafford said. "We don't get caught up in what's being said outside our building. We prepare and focus on the task at hand. That's what we do."

Last Updated: 12/12/2018 6:25:58 PM EST

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