The Detroit Lions are seeking to keep up in a tight NFC North race as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.
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Lions beat Bears – Detroit Lions defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-17
Bengals beat Buccaneers – Cincinnati Bengals hold off Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win, 14-13
The Detroit Lions recovered from a tough two-game stretch against the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals with a 34-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving, and they now hold an 8-4 record.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and two touchdowns on 34-of-45 passing, and running back Joique Bell ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns while looking 100 percent healthy for the first time in weeks.
The Lions offense fired on all cylinders against the Bears, and they should have an even easier time doing so against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have struggled on defense and hold a 2-10 record.
The Buccaneers had a solid defensive performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, but they lost, 14-13. They came up with three interceptions of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown struggled though as he only threw for 190 yards and an interception on 15-of-29 passing, but running back Doug Martin showed signs of life with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The Lions defense will be too tough for McCown and company to overcome, and Stafford and his supporting cast are clicking at the right time.
Prediction: Lions 34, Buccaneers 14