How to watch Lions vs. Buccaneers: Time, TV, live stream, key matchups, predictions for NFL playoffs

The Detroit Lions and their playoff failures are well known, having only two playoff wins since their last championship in 1957. One of those wins came in the wild-card round last week, as the Lions are one win away from their first conference championship game. Since the 1991 season.

Detroit is hosting its second playoff game in as many weeks, the first time in franchise history the Lions have had that honor. The Lions will face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been overlooked due to their nine regular season wins, even though the Buccaneers have won six of their last seven games to reach this point.

The Buccaneers are trying to reach their fifth conference championship game in team history (first since the 2020 season) while the Lions are trying to end the second-longest active conference championship game appearance drought in the league. Are. The Lions defeated the Buccaneers 20–6 in the sixth week of the season, marking the only playoff meeting between the franchises with the Buccaneers victorious (Tampa Bay won 20–10 in 1997).

Which team will come out on top in this divisional-round showdown? Here’s a preview along with the prediction:

how to see

date: Sunday, January 21 3 PM ET
Place: Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan)
TV: nbc | live stream: fubo (click here)
to follow: CBS Sports App
odds: Leo-6; O/U 49.5

Lions vs The Blitz

For the Lions, Jared Goff will have to be prepared to take a lot of pressure to move the ball against the Buccaneers defense. In the Buccaneers’ wild-card win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay accounted for 54% of the defensive play—the most by any team in a playoff game since the Buccaneers defeated the New Orleans Saints in the 2020 Divisional Round (Main Coach Todd Bowles was the defensive coordinator. The Buccaneers shot a stellar 78% on third-down play, the second highest by any team in a playoff game in the last 15 years.

Jared Goff had a passer rating of 94.0 against the blitz this season, throwing 13 touchdowns to six interceptions. Goff is turnover prone when facing pressure against offense and overall. He only has six touchdowns to nine interceptions when facing pressure with a 62.5 rating.

The Buccaneers are going to test Goff with several blitz designs. Goff would be better off being ready to get rid of the ball quickly.

detroit pass defense

The Lions secondary certainly struggled this season, giving up 7.8 yards per attempt (31st in the NFL). The 28 pass touchdowns given up by the Lions were 27th in the NFL, while the opponent passer rating was 91.5 (21st in the NFL).

Matthew Stafford was able to tear apart the Lions secondary by throwing for 357 yards and two touchdowns for a 120.9 passer rating. When pressure was put on the quarterback, Stafford had a rating of 63.7 (5 out of 11). Clearly, the Lions will need to put pressure on Baker Mayfield to have any degree of success this weekend, especially with his struggles in coverage.

Despite this, the Buccaneers don’t run the ball well at all (ranking 32nd in rushing yards and yards per carry). This could be a good matchup for Mayfield to throw the ball 40-plus times.

Prediction

The Lions will be tough to beat at home and should be able to move the ball against the Buccaneers – even if they are allowing just 15.3 points per game over the last seven games. The Lions should challenge the Buccaneers on the ground with David Montgomery and Jahmir Gibbs looking to establish play-action. Montgomery should play a major role in controlling the Lions’ clock (the Lions are ninth in average time of possession on offense).

The matchup against Tampa Bay is going to be tough, but this game comes down to Goff. If he doesn’t turn the ball over too many times, the Lions win. Let us return to that incident. choose: Lions 27, Buccaneers 24

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