From a Tampa Bay fan’s perspective, there was absolutely nothing about this game that surprised me.
Josh McCown still stinks. The offensive line is still horrible. The Bucs still have no running game. Mike Evans continues to impress despite the lousy outcome. You get the idea. The Buccaneers got blown out by the Lions at Ford Field, 34-17.
“McClown” completed less than half of his passes. He was sacked six times, and that number could’ve very easily been higher. One of his two interceptions came in the end zone (Tampa Bay did get it right back when the Lions fumbled on the return.) A lot of fans including myself would love to see him benched for the remainder of the year, but if it hasn’t happened by now…
The third Bucs turnover came on a bad snap by Evan Dietrich-Smith. Seriously, how many times have we seen that this year? And this one wasn’t even in a shotgun formation.
Doug Martin only had 22 yards rushing against a very good Detroit rush defense. I mention this, because I saw tweets that Martin did not talk to the media after the game. Not sure if this is true or not, but it bears watching.
233 yards of total offense is not going to get it done. Think of how many times the Bucs have had less than 300 in a game this year.
The defense, after showing some improvement over the past few games, looked like its old self. Yeah, Calvin Johnson is really good.
All in all, this was simply a case of a very good team beating up on a very bad team. It would’ve been nothing short of a miracle if the Bucs had won this game.
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Wouldn’t you know – it’s a winning streak.
After beating two teams with sub-.500 records, the Buccaneers went to Detroit on Sunday and knocked off the first-place Lions, 24-21. The Bucs forced five turnovers and blocked a punt. They didn’t have Darrelle Revis in the second half due to injury, and still hung on to win a game they probably would’ve lost earlier in the year.
Mike Glennon was solid once again: 247 yards, two touchdowns and no picks. One of those scores was a beautiful deep ball to Tiquan Underwood. Mr. Glennon will be a strong rookie-of-the-year candidate if he keeps this up.
But when you look back at this game, the 5-0 turnover ratio is what stands out. The Bucs picked off Matthew Stafford four times. One of them was returned for a touchdown by Leonard Johnson. It’s the second week in a row the Bucs have had a pick-six. Then there was Keith Tandy’s interception down by the goal line. And in the final minute, Calvin Johnson appeared to make a catch inside the 10-yard line, but Kelcie McCray knocked it out, and the ball popped right into Jonathan Banks’ hands.
Of course, the Bucs tried hard to give the Lions more lives in the fourth quarter. After Tampa Bay blocked a punt and got the ball deep in Detroit territory, Ryan Lindell missed a makeable field goal. After the Bucs picked off Stafford again, Lindell missed another FG.
Man, I miss Connor Barth. He was money.
The Bucs still commit too many penalties; they had nine of them in this game. Hey Greg Schiano: that’s coaching!
But they were able to win regardless.
Now it’s on to Charlotte to face the red-hot Panthers next Sunday.
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