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Detroit Lions Week 1 Preview: The Defense
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Yesterday I gave you my preview analysis of Detroit’s offense vs. the Bucs defense. This matchup seems to be decidedly lopsided in favor of the Lions.

The betting line suggests that this game will be the closest Week 1 contest on the NFL schedule. The Lions have moved from an early underdog of three points to only one point this morning.

Clearly, the Lions are getting the majority of the betting action. With a line so close, we have to ask ourselves what it is that makes the Bucs so good? Yes, they have the home-field advantage, but like the Lions in years past, the Bucs game will be blacked out on local TV. Not much of an advantage, eh?

Let’s look at some key matchups when the Lions defense is on the field. Here’s what I’m looking for as I scream at the TV on Sunday, beginning with...

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