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Why to Watch
This statement may seem surprising at first, but both of these teams could wind up in the playoffs as the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds from the NFC.
Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson could form one of the scariest quarterback-receiver duos in the NFL for quite some time and the Detroit defense, led by Ndamukong Suh, cannot be taken lightly.
As for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Josh Freeman is another promising young quarterback looking to establish himself among the elite at his position.
There's a lot to like about each of these two teams as long as you look past the tradition that goes with the names.
Who Will Win
Assuming that Stafford can stay healthy for an entire game, the Lions can pull off the upset this Sunday.
Freeman may be one of the best at leading comebacks in the fourth quarter, but that's at least partially due to the fact that he's often trailing going into that final quarter. This time, he'll be trailing by enough that a comeback isn't possible.
Suh is going to get his sophomore season off to a great start and make the running game of the Buccaneers live on the outside all night.
Let's just hope that there are no controversial calls in this Lions opener.