Megatron visits “Revis Island” with intent for revenge!
The Detroit Lions (6-4) try to rebound at home against the streaking Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8).
Almost as big as the game itself will be the matchup between arguably the game’s greatest wide receiver and cornerback.
Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis, coming back from offseason ACL surgery, has not been quite the same this season; however, each week he is inching closer to 100 percent. Meanwhile Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been nothing short of phenomenal.
We have to go back to 2010 to find the only time these two matched up. Revis and his New York Jets won 23-20 over the Lions. Megatron was stifled to just one catch for 13 receiving yards; however, wide receiver Nate Burleson gained 113 receiving yards on seven grabs.
Burleson will be making his return from the pizza incident in September. He last played week three in Washington where he caught six passes for 116 receiving yards.
The Buccaneers should not count on a replica Revis performance from 2010. He has slightly regressed through wear and tear. Johnson, on the other hand, has gotten better at route running and is at the top of his game. Also 2010 was just Johnson’s second season with Matthew Stafford as his quarterback, and because of Stafford’s injuries early in his career it was only their 13th game together. A few thousand yards later and their chemistry has grown substantially.
The Lions defense will have to key in on running back Bobby Rainey. This undrafted free agent went for 163 yards and three touchdowns last week against the Falcons.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will spread the field out, and will try to take advantage of the Lions’ anemic secondary. Good news for the Lions is that Jackson is really the only big threat in the Bucs passing game. They will most likely double-team him throughout the game.
The Buccaneers have yet to win a road game this season (0-4) while the Lions are 3-1 in Ford Field. Look for Stafford to get the spread the wealth all around the field. Other than Revis the Buccaneers secondary has played inconsistent ball ranking 18th against the pass.
The Buccaneers calling-card in their two wins was their effectiveness in the ground game. The Lions fifth ranked run defense should neutralize red-hot Bobby Rainey.
Lions win 27-17