Lions vs Buccaneers Final: 27-20 - Recap
Matthew Stafford scorched the Buccaneers defense for 3 TDs as Detroit defeated Tampa Bay 27-20 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
Detroit won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 43.5.
Jahvid Best rushed for 72 yards, while Jerome Harrison added 27 yards in the win. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson added 88 and 60 receiving yards respectively.
Josh Freeman rushed for 26 yards for Tampa Bay, while LeGarrette Blount added 15 yards. Josh Freeman threw for 257 yards for the Buccaneers, while receivers Kellen Winslow and Earnest Graham had 66 and 58 yards respectively.
Tampa Bay was outgained by Detroit 431-313 yards in Sunday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 25-17 by the Lions.
Tampa Bay lost the time of possession battle 36:25/23:35, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.
Next game, Detroit takes its act home to face Kansas City looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head on the road to face Minnesota.