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Lions (3-10) At Bucacneers (8-5): NFL Week 15 Game Capsules

After a wacky, hard-fought win last weekend over the Washington Redskins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to keep their playoff hopes alive in Week 15 when they host the Detroit Lions. Looks like a win on paper, but those who have been paying attention this year know that the Lions are more dangerous than their 3-10 record suggests. That said, the Buccaneers are playing at home, which means the Lions are on the road. And there's no team that struggles as much away from home than the Lions.

Here's a few facts, figures and trends about the two teams' series history, as well as up-to-date season stats for both squads.

DETROIT LIONS (3-10) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (8-5)

SERIES

LIONS

BUCCANEERS

SERIES LEADER

27-25

 

STREAKS

 

5 of past 7

COACHES VS. OPP.

Schwartz: 0-0

Morris: 0-0

LAST WEEK

W 7-3 vs. Packers

W 17-16 at Redskins

LAST GAME

11/23/08: Buccaneers 38 at Lions 20. Trailing 17-0, Tampa Bay scores 35 consecutive points en route to comeback victory. QB Jeff Garcia throws 2 TD passes for Bucs.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/2/05: Buccaneers 17, Lions 13. Tampa Bay QB Brian Griese passes for 2 TDs & defense thwarts last-minute Detroit drive to give Buccaneers first 4-0 start since 1997.

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Charles Davis. SIRIUS: 155 (Det.), 158 (TB). XM: 112 (TB.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Stanton: 46-82-528-3-3-72.6

Freeman: 228-390-2,708-17-6-87.9

RUSHING

Best (R): 149-485-3.3-4

Blount (R): 149-667-4.5-5

RECEIVING

C. Johnson: 63-916-14.5-12 (1C)

M. Williams (R): 52-784-15.1-7

OFFENSE

335.2

323.3

TAKE/GIVE

+2

+8 (3C)

DEFENSE

342.9

339.3

SACKS

Suh (R): 8

White: 4.5

INTs

A. Smith: 5

Barber: 3

PUNTING

Harris: 44.8

Malone: 41.4

KICKING

Rayner: 26 (8/8 PAT; 6/9 FG)

Barth: 78 (27/27 PAT; 17/21 FG)

 

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