Lions flexed to national spotlight against Brady, Bucs


The Lions were embarrassed by the Texans on Thanksgiving in what was supposed to be their only national TV appearance this season.

They're getting another shot.

The NFL announced Monday that Detroit's Week 16 home matchup with the Buccaneers is being flexed from Sunday Dec. 27 to Saturday the 26th as part of a trio of nationally televised games the day after Christmas.

The Lions and Bucs will kick things off at 1:00 on NFL Network. The game will also be broadcast locally on WDIV-Channel 4.

Detroit will almost certainly be out of playoff contention by then, but the game could loom large for Tom Brady and the Bucs. At 7-5 thanks to losses in three of its last four games, Tampa occupies the second NFC wild card.

It will be a chance for Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell to make a statement in his small window of opportunity. It could also be one of Matthew Stafford's final games in Detroit, with his future in doubt amid another regime change.

The Week 16 trifecta will also feature the 49ers at the Cardinals at 4:30, followed by the Dolphins at the Raiders at 8:15.

The last time the Lions made a Saturday appearance they knocked off the Bears at Ford Field in Week 15 of the 2017 season.