NFL Preseason: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
The Lions are back and have their sights set on bringing a championship home. With a high powered offense and an up and coming defense, Detroit is ready to regain the NFC North division championship. Division rivals, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears will look to stand in the Lions way.
Grab your Detroit Lions tickets and head over to Ford Field to be a part of your favorite team's quest for a championship.
The Lions have ranked favorably in their NFC Division as of 2017, standing second only to the Chicago Bears. They have also added nine players during the NFL draft, including fresh picks such as LB Jarrad Davis and QB Brad Kaaya.
With the latest NFL season approaching, Detroit has all the ingredients for an impeccable season.
Standout Moments in Detroit Lions History
Thanksgiving Game, 1962 – Detroit’s immediate rivals, the Green Bay Packers were undefeated heading into the 1962 Thanksgiving Game. That is, until they met the Lions. Detroit won the game 26 to 14, leaving the football world pleasantly surprised by these underdogs.
Sanders out runs Smith – As one of the most loved players by Detroit fans, Barry Sanders is arguably the champion of the people. Sanders particularly entered the limelight after beating Emmitt Smith’s on-team record of 143 yards. Sanders ran a staggering 194 yards during a 1994 game in Dallas, impressing spectators and team mates alike.
2013: Reggie Bush embarrasses the Chicago Bears – Bush became the key ingredient to Detroit’s defense during the 2013 NFL season. In a week 4 face-off with the Bears, Bush made a memorable run past multiple defenders from Chicago all the way to the end zone. This effort just before the second half was crucial for Detroit to win the game 30-10.
Detroit Lions’ Arch Rivals
The Minnesota Vikings – Historically the Minnesota Vikings have an upper hand in this rivalry with 71 wins out of a total 108 games between the two teams. However, in recent years, the Lions are catching up. 2010 onwards, the Lions and the Vikings have won six games each. It would be safe to say that the Lions are right on the tail of the Vikings.
The Green Bay Packers – The Packers are not too far behind the Lions in this face off. The two teams have a classic fan rivalry. Both teams play in the NFC North Division and are right behind each other with the Packers finishing first, and the Lions finishing second in the NFC North 2016 season. Let’s see who comes out on top in the 2017 NFL season.
Greatest Players in Detroit Lions’ History
At present, the most popular player has got to be the Honolulu-hailing Ndamukong Suh, who is a favorite amongst fans. Detroit has championed talented athletes over the years such as Cory Shlesinger and Doak Walker.
Schlesinger, also nicknamed Anvil Head is considered one of the greatest of the Lions to have stepped onto the field. Walker, on the other hand, stands out literally because there is a collegiate award named after him. He was an instant success, being named NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1950. Sure enough, his Hall of Fame induction came in 1986.
Detroit Lions’ Live Games
Ford Field presents Lions fans with a first class viewing experience. The Stadium incorporates the old Hudson’s warehouse (established in the 1920’s) as part of the industry-leading sports and entertainment development that will include banquet facilities, restaurants, office space, retail services, food courts, lounge areas and all private suites. Ford Field claims the best sight lines of any football stadium in the United States, made available by omitting the traditional club and suite levels and thereby lowering the upper level.
Football enthusiasts have multiple opportunities to catch the Lions in action from August till the end of 2017.
Detroit Lions tickets 2017-and their season schedule are both out, so get your tickets before they run out.