MATCHUP: Detroit Lions (1-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-0)
WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET
SPREAD: Bucs by 6.5
TV ANNOUNCERS: Curt Menefee and JC Pearson
RADIO: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
LAST WEEK: The Detroit Lions were one of four teams (Baltimore, Houston and Washington) with a bye last week. In Week 2, the Lions went to Chicago and got crushed by the Bears, 38-6.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers escaped Wisconsin with a win over Green Bay for the first time since 1989 by defeating the Packers last Sunday, 17-16. Bucs QB Brian Griese tossed two touchdown passes to WR Joey Galloway while rookie RB Cadillac Williams carried the ball 37 times for 158 yards (4.3 avg.). Packers QB Brett Favre threw three interceptions, including two to Bucs second-year S Will Allen, who came up huge in the fourth quarter. Green Bay K Ryan Longwell missed an extra point attempt and a field goal, which proved to be the difference in this contest.
THE LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: Tampa Bay and Green Bay last clashed in the latter part of the 2002 regular season. The Bucs escaped Detroit with a 23-20 win over the Lions.
BUCS-LIONS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 23-26 all-time in the regular season vs. Detroit. Tampa Bay is 12-12 at home vs. the Detroit, and the Bucs have defeated the Lions in five of their last six meetings.
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