Detroit Lions: 5 questions with Luke Easterling ahead of Saturday

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2. Detroit Jock City: The Detroit Lions defense has really struggled and allowed five total touchdowns to Ryan Tannehill last week. With so many big playmakers on the roster, who has the biggest impact or game statistically for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week?

Easterling: “This feels like a Chris Godwin breakout game. Mike Evans and Antonio Brown had big days last week against the Falcons, and though Godwin scored a touchdown in that game, he didn’t have a ton of catches or yards. Even as he continues to play through a broken finger that required surgery, Godwin is primed for a big game here down the stretch.”

3. Detroit Jock City: Many Lions fans are familiar with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. How has he fit in with the Buccaneers?

Easterling: “He’s been a fantastic fit, as both a player and a respected leader in the locker room. He’s having a stellar season (five sacks) and has been a huge reason why the Bucs still have the NFL’s best rush defense, despite losing Vita Vea to a season-ending injury in Week 5.”

4. Detroit Jock City: In your opinion, what should the Lions focus on to have any chance of beating Brady and company?

Easterling: “Pressure, pressure, and more pressure on Tom Brady. They have to be exotic and complex in their pre-snap/post-snap changes, and bring some creative blitzes to throw off Brady’s timing and rattle him in the pocket.”