The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could clinch a playoff spot with a win on Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Lions who sit on the outside looking in of the postseason at 5-9. Riding the high of a comeback win last week against the Atlanta Falcons, the Buccaneers should make their first postseason appearance official against a shorthanded Lions team. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell will not be on the sideline Saturday due to being a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, four other coaches will also be out for the Lions, defensive coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, defensive backs coach Steve Gregory, and linebackers coach Ty McKenzie.
The Bucs Need To Get Off To A Fast Start
It could be a great day for the Buccaneer offense as the Lions have allowed league-high 31.1 points per game. However, the most important thing is for Tampa to solve their slow-start issues. They will be tested on the defensive side facing off against Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford who ranks ninth in the NFL in passing yards. The Detroit offense has averaged around 27 points per game over the last four weeks. Bruce Arians knows what the Lions have in Stafford.
“He’s tough as nails. Like I said the other day, he’s one of the few quarterbacks I like going out and watching warm up. Just watching him throw because he’s just so special. I’ve always felt he was one of the top four or five guys in this league for a long time.”
The Lions’ defense is wretched. It is giving up over 400 yards per game and can’t stop the run. Brady and the offense will have every opportunity to work out the kinks as the playoffs quickly approach.
Milestone Game For Tom Brady
This is a milestone game for Brady who will play his 300th career game in the NFL and at 43 years old he’s still blessed to still be doing it.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” Brady said on Wednesday. “I don’t get caught up too much in statistics and those type of things, but football has just been a very important part of my life for a long time-30 years. I love the ability to go out there and complete with my teammates and compete for our fans. I love the game. I love the Nuances of the game, I love the relationships I’ve built and all the memories I’ve had.”
Bucs Playoff “Hopes” Can Become A Reality
With the Saints victory on Christmas night, the NFC South is no longer attainable. However, the playoffs are, and given their opponent and the issues they face, it couldn’t get much better for the Bucs. With a victory on Saturday against a 5-9 Lions team, the team can officially start to prepare for their first playoff berth since 2007. A loss on Saturday and the questions will only double as the season reaches it end.