Top 5 Passing Matchups Week 16

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Tampa Bay at Detroit

The Buccaneers offense was a tale of two halfs last Sunday. Tom Brady and company floundered for the first two quarters (11 of 17 for 91 yards at halftime) but couldn’t be slowed in the final two (20 of 28 for 299). That inconsistency has been a hallmark of the 2020 Buccaneers, who have looked potent for chunks of the year but truly inept for others. The highs have been tremendous from a numbers standpoint - Brady has now topped 340 yards 5 times, with multiple touchdowns in 11 of his 14 games. Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski lead perhaps the most imposing attacks in football; the most east of Kansas City, if nothing else. Unsurprisingly, they’ve produced best against their worst competition, as seen in last week’s dismantling of the Falcons. Their date with the Lions looks even friendlier, so there’s almost no ceiling for as long as Brady feels the need to keep throwing.

The Lions pass defense continues to offer no real resistance. It’s true they’ve faced a daunting run of quarterbacks over the past month, including Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, and Ryan Tannehill. But those passers had little trouble carving up this patchwork unit, hitting on 75% of their throws for 10.1 yards apiece, with 10 touchdowns. Even Mitchell Trubisky threw a great Week 13 line (26 of 34 for 267 and a score) into the mix. Still down their two best cornerbacks, Desmond Trufant and rookie Jeff Okudah, the Lions continue to paper over the holes with practice-squad talents on the outside. It’s no wonder they’ve allowed a wideout to record 95+ yards in 5 of their last 6 games. Big plays tend to flow freely in this matchup, as seen just last week on Corey Davis’ long touchdown. The Lions failed to switch deep coverage onto Davis, who burned a hole in the secondary and simply jogged out a 75-yard score. Such lapses are commonplace for this unit; it would be a massive upset if Mike Evans and Co. didn’t make at least a handful of splash plays. There just isn’t the coverage talent here to handle such a deep group of weapons across the field.

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