Golden Tate has revived on the Detroit Lions offense after a two-week lull in late November. Tate had his second eight-catch game in a row, finishing with 85 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was his first touchdown since Week 10. The eight-year veteran leads the Lions in targets and receptions so far this season. He also leads the league in most yards after the catch.
On Saturday, Tate gets a revenge game against the Chicago Bears. He will face the Bears best cornerback, Kyle Fuller, again for this matchup. Tate only caught three passes for 32 yards in that contest. The Bears will be missing key defenders throughout the unit in Week 15.
Fantasy impact: Tate’s slump started against the Bears in Week 11. Clearly Fuller had his number then. The stakes are higher for the Lions now and they have the home-field advantage. This will put some fire into Tate. They also get a gift from the Bears defense, who lost two of their best pass rushers with injuries for this game. Stafford should have plenty of time in the pocket, giving the illusive Tate time to get free. He has a lot of upside for this matchup.
Golden Tate has played 62 games for the Detroit Lions between the regular season and the playoffs. He’s scored 18 touchdowns.
But prior to Sunday, he had never scored a touchdown with the Lions in the United States while playing outdoors. That’s 20 games for one of the top offensive options on Detroit’s team. In the second quarter, though, Matthew Stafford found Tate for a 5-yard touchdown catch at Raymond James Stadium, which is being played, yes, outdoors.
It gave the Lions a 14-7 lead and Tate his first outdoor touchdown for Detroit in the United States.
Why the quantifier of in the United States? Tate scored a a touchdown in 2014 for Detroit in its win over Atlanta, but that came in Wembley Stadium in England.
Of course a lot of this has to do with where the Lions play. Detroit plays indoors at Ford Field, so at least half of its games each season are indoors. Plus, the Vikings play indoors, which eliminates another game most seasons, and the Lions have played in New Orleans the last three years, too.
So the options have been fewer, but still — that’s a pretty quirky stat for one of the Lions’ top players. Tate had 11 outdoor touchdowns in his time in Seattle.