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Week 1 Quick Look: Bucs vs. Lions

by Roland Johnson on September 9, 2011

The Game Features 2 QBs selected in 1st Rd of 2009 NFL Draft: Matthew Stafford (Det., No. 1) & Josh Freeman (TB, No. 17)…LIONS: Had NFL-best 114 points in preseason…QB Stafford needs 198 yards to reach 3,000 for career. Has 19 TD passes & needs 1 to reach 20. Led NFL in preseason with 154.7 rating…RB Jahvid Best led all rookies in 2010 with 1,042 scrimmage yards (555 rush, 487 rec.). Had 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) last year. Rushed for 2 TDs on Kickoff Weekend 2010…WR Calvin Johnson has most career receptions (270), rec. yards (4,191) & rec. TDs (33) by Lion in 1st 4 seasons with club. Tied for 2nd in NFL last year with 12 rec. TDs & is 1st Lion with 2 seasons with 12+ rec. TDs. He had 10 catches for 152 yards in last game vs. TB. WR Nate Burleson had TD catch in last meeting…DT Ndamukong Suh had 10 sacks last year, 2nd most by rookie DT since sacks became official stat in 1982. He became 1st Lions rookie to be named to Pro Bowl since HOFer Barry Sanders in 1990. S Louis Delmas led team in tackles (84) last year. DE Cliff Avril aims for 3rd game in row vs. TB with a sack. Had career-high 8.5 sacks in 2010

BUCCANEERS: Last year, became 1st team since 1970 to start 10+ rookies & have winning season (excl. 1987 strike season)…QB Freeman passed for 3,451 yards, 25 TDs & 6 INTs last year to become 2nd QB in team history with 3,000+ yards, 20+ TDs & fewer than 10 INTs in season. Has TD pass in club-record 13 consecutive games. In career, when Freeman has 80+ rating, Bucs are 12-2 (.857)…RB LaGerrette Blount led NFL rookies last year with 1,007 rush yards & became 3rd TB rookie with 1,000+ rush yards. Rushed for 110 yards & TD vs. Det…WR Mike Williams had 65 receptions for 964 yards last year, both 2nd best marks by rookie in team history. Williams had 6 catches for 96 yards & TD in the last meeting. He aims for 4th game in row with TD catch (4 TDs in past 3). TE Kellen Winslow has catches in 76 consecutive games…CB Ronde Barber has 2 games vs. Det. with 2 INTs. In 11/23/08 meeting, had 2 INTs, incl. 65-yard TD. He has started 183 consecutive games, most by CB in NFL history. Barber’s the only player in NFL history with 25+ sacks (26) & 40+ INTs (40). Rookie DEs Adrian Clayborn (1st Rd, No. 20) & Da’Quan Bowers (2nd Rd, No. 51) make their NFL debuts.

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