Lions vs. Buccaneers line, prediction: Detroit will keep it close

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Dave Tuley, senior reporter at VSiN.com, is in his third season with the Post’s Bettor’s Guide. His handicapping pieces appear in VSiN’s online magazine, Point Spread Weekly. 

LIONS (+9) over Buccaneers

The Lions were one of the big underdogs that didn’t come through in Week 15 (along with the Jaguars), but as we saw with the Jets’ upset of the Rams and Bengals’ upset of the Steelers, parity still exists in the NFL. Assuming Matthew Stafford, who showed signs of brilliance in the Lions’ loss to the Titans, is good to go, I like the Lions’ chances better of keeping up with the Buccaneers. Last week they were fortunate to be playing Tom Brady’s favorite team to rally against — and they still didn’t cover vs. the Falcons. I see a similar scenario with the Bucs winning but not covering. 

Last week: 0-2, Jaguars (L), Giants (L). 

2020 season: 13-16-1.

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