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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/24/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




TAMPA BAY (2 - 8) at DETROIT (6 - 4)
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Week 12 Sunday, 11/24/2013 1:00 PM
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209TAMPA BAY45.548.5
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-8-5.94-66-418.712.7310.8(4.9)1.223.711.1341.7(5.6)1.7
Road Games0-4-3.71-32-216.712.0315.0(5)1.024.715.0342.0(5.7)1.7
Last 3 Games2-1+2.23-03-029.020.0341.3(5.6)0.324.76.7349.3(5.8)2.3
Dome Games0-1-10-11-023.010.0337.0(4.7)
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)18.712.719.131:4729-119(4.1)20-3457.4%192(5.6)63-311(4.9)(16.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.811.319.931:3227-109(4.1)22-3661.5%236(6.5)63-345(5.5)(15.8)
Offense Road Games16.712.019.232:1628-119(4.2)19-3555.7%195(5.6)63-315(5)(18.8)
Defense (All Games)23.711.120.428:5425-101(4.1)23-3664.3%240(6.7)61-342(5.6)(14.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.21220.330:5526-110(4.2)22-3563.1%243(6.9)61-353(5.7)(15.2)
Defense Road Games24.715.021.029:2629-115(4)22-3269.3%226(7.1)60-342(5.7)(13.8)
TAMPA BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.51.62.214-539.6%1-041.5%2-46(23.8)17-2(8.4)7-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-538.2%1-042.9%1-26(20.2)2-21(13.1)6-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.61.8 13-539.2%1-042.9%2-40(22.4)18-2(9)6-51
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-644.4%0-050.0%1-30(20)2-32(18.6)7-66

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-4+15-56-426.513.5414.3(6.1)1.625.312.5378.4(6)1.4
Home Games3-1+1.62-24-032.215.0478.2(6.5)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.51-22-126.313.7479.3(6.9)2.728.712.3334.7(5.1)0.3
Dome Games3-2+0.52-34-130.014.8447.0(6.4)2.027.612.2356.8(6.2)1.8
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.513.522.731:1626-104(4)25-4259.2%310(7.4)68-414(6.1)(15.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.413.720.830:2527-113(4.1)23-3662.1%247(6.8)64-360(5.7)(14.2)
Offense Home Games32.215.025.534:2729-124(4.2)28-4463.3%354(8)73-478(6.5)(14.8)
Defense (All Games)25.312.519.828:4423-95(4.1)24-4060.6%284(7.2)63-378(6)(15)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.512.42030:0125-105(4.2)23-3761.9%251(6.8)62-356(5.7)(14.5)
Defense Home Games28.212.716.225:3220-89(4.3)21-3559.7%270(7.8)55-359(6.5)(12.7)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.72.114-540.1%1-155.8%3-61(23)18-2(9.7)6-52
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-431.6%1-175.0%2-59(25.7)2-13(6.4)6-47
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 13-537.7%1-050.5%3-66(23.9)21-2(10.9)6-52
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-221.7%1-175.0%3-87(26.8)1-14(9.3)4-41
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 21.7,  DETROIT 20.4
TAMPA BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2013@ ATLANTA23-31L6.5L43.5O28-11126-44-226118-1820-26-2731
11/3/2013@ SEATTLE24-27L16W40O38-20518-24-145035-19819-26-2173
11/24/2013@ DETROIT            
12/1/2013@ CAROLINA            
12/15/2013SAN FRANCISCO            
12/22/2013@ ST LOUIS            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/6/2013@ GREEN BAY9-22L10L52U19-6425-40-222033-18020-30-2690
10/13/2013@ CLEVELAND31-17W-1.5W43.5O28-11825-43-248121-12626-43-2692
11/10/2013@ CHICAGO21-19W-1.5W52U26-14518-35-219120-3827-49-3001
11/17/2013@ PITTSBURGH27-37L-3L45O25-10719-46-344327-4029-45-3580
11/24/2013TAMPA BAY            
11/28/2013GREEN BAY            
12/8/2013@ PHILADELPHIA            
12/22/2013NY GIANTS            
TAMPA BAY: Because the team was involved in so many back-and-forth, comeback affairs, Tampa was more pass-happy than head coach Greg Schiano would have liked. That should change this year, as they'll rely heavily on Doug Martin as the centerpiece of the offense. They'll continue to use a lot of zone blocking in front of Martin, and Erik Lorig will be on the field often as a lead blocker. They added ex-Bengal hybrid back Brian Leonard, one of Schiano's best players at Rutgers. He figures to take some passing down reps from Martin, but he won't get many carries. Rookie Mike James won't be used much either. The Bucs brass is reportedly a little sour on Josh Freeman, and they may opt to take the ball out of his hands more. Most of what they'll do will be based off play-action and aimed at getting the big play. Vincent Jackson will continue to see a ton of passes thrown his way on the outside, with Mike Williams settled in as a complementary player. Martin will see more work in the passing game, both as a safety valve and on screens. The Bucs don't have a big role for the tight ends in this offense, but they don't have much talent at that position anyway. Tampa Bay would also like to get more run-heavy in the red zone, where Martin now takes pretty much all reps. The Bucs boasted the NFL's No. 1 run defense (82.5 rush YPG allowed), but only because teams torched them through the air for a league-worst 297 passing YPG. Shutdown CB Darrelle Revis and hard-hitting FS Dashon Goldson will help fix the broken secondary, but the pass rush (26 sacks, T-3rd-worst in NFL) is still pretty weak, even if DE Adrian Clayborn returns 100 percent from last year's torn ACL. But there's nothing weak about non-stop WLB Lavonte David who recorded 20 TFL (3rd in NFL) as a rookie last year.
DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out. Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak. The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.
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*Buccaneers-Lions Preview* ==========================


A week ago, circumstances seemed perfect for the Detroit Lions to possibly run away with a division title. But a second-half letdown saw their advantage all but disappear.

Detroit will try to bounce back at home on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have won two in a row.

The Lions (6-4) held a one-game edge for first place in the NFC North entering last week, a lead that appeared even larger considering the injuries to Chicago and Green Bay's starting quarterbacks, not to mention the club's favorable remaining schedule.

But a controversial decision by coach Jim Schwartz proved costly in a 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh.

With a 27-23 advantage early in the fourth quarter, he elected to fake what would have been a 27-yard-field goal. Holder Sam Martin was stopped short and fumbled the ball, setting up a go-ahead touchdown drive for the Steelers. Matthew Stafford was intercepted on the next possession, and Pittsburgh put the game out of reach with another touchdown.

Meanwhile, the Bears knocked off Baltimore to pull even with the Lions, though Detroit owns the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series.

"If we were successful in that situation, and we go up 11 right there, I know what you guys would write," Schwartz said. "You guys would write: 'It's a different attitude, Lions are going for the win, they're not trying to just be settling for field goals.'"

The bigger concern moving forward may be the Lions' offense after an anemic second-half showing. Detroit racked up 379 yards in the first half, scoring all 27 of its points in the second quarter. Matthew Stafford threw for 327 yards before halftime, with Calvin Johnson accounting for 179 on six receptions.

The Lions were held to just 72 yards in the second half while none of Stafford's three attempts to hook up with Johnson connected.

"We just didn't execute," said Stafford, who was 3 for 16 for 35 yards in the final two quarters. "They came out in the second half and played a little bit more two-man. For one reason or another we didn't connect."

Diverting opposing defenses' attention away from Johnson remains an issue, particularly once adjustments have been made. He's averaging 49.3 yards in the second half of games compared to 70.9 in the first half.

The potential return of Nate Burleson - who has been out since Week 3 with a broken forearm suffered in a car accident - could help open things up. Burleson was upgraded to doubtful for last Sunday's game and has practiced for the last two weeks.

That could be particularly important with Johnson likely to be shadowed by Darrelle Revis, who has anchored a stingier Tampa Bay pass defense of late. The Buccaneers have limited opposing passers to a combined 81.4 rating over their last three games, recording five interceptions after tallying six in the previous seven games.

Revis defended two passes intended for Johnson while holding him to one reception for 13 yards in a 23-20 victory for the New York Jets over Detroit on Nov. 7, 2010 - the players' only previous matchup.

The Buccaneers (2-8) will be looking for a third straight win behind a resurgent rushing attack. They've run for at least 140 yards in three straight games for the first time since 2005.

Claimed off waivers on Oct. 21 following Doug Martin's season-ending shoulder injury, Bobby Rainey was thrust into action after Mike James suffered a broken ankle in the team's Nov. 11 win over Miami. After running for 45 yards and a score on eight carries against the Dolphins, the former undrafted free agent went for 163 yards and three TDs in Sunday's 41-28 win over Atlanta.

"He's got a good feel, and when I say that it's just he's a football player," coach Greg Schiano said.

The 5-foot-8, 212-pounder could be in for a stiffer challenge against a Detroit defense that ranks fifth against the run allowing 94.6 yards per game.

Johnson has 19 catches for 306 yards and three TDs in his last three games versus Tampa Bay, including a 27-20 road win on Sept. 11, 2011. Stafford was 24 of 33 for 305 yards, three scores and an interception.

The Lions lead the series 29-25, though Tampa Bay has won four of five in Detroit.

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