|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Sept. 8||At Jets||
|Sept 15||Vs Saints||
|Sept 22||At Patriots||
|Sept 29||Vs Cardinals||
|Oct 13||Vs Eagles||
|Oct 20||At Falcons||
|Oct 24||Vs Panthers||
|Nov 3||At Seahawks||
L 24-27 OT
|Nov 11||Vs Dolphins||
|Nov 17||Vs Falcons||
|Nov 24||At Lions||
|Dec 1||At Panthers||
|Dec 8||Vs Bills||
|Dec 15||Vs 49ers||
|Dec 22||At Rams||
|Dec 29||At Saints||
By Dory LeBlanc
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their third straight contest, beating the Lions 24-21 in Detroit Sunday after racking up five turnovers (4 INTs, 1 FF). The Bucs move to 3-8 on the year and will head back to Tampa, briefly, before hitting the road against the Carolina Panthers next week.
Listen to Coach Schiano's post-game press conference
Listen to quarterback Mike Glennon's postgame press conference
Check out the post-game audio, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network:
Greg Schiano with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Mike Glennon with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Johnthan Banks with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Leonard Johnson with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Kelcie McCray with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Tiquan Underwood with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Danny Gorrer with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Adrian Clayborn with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
It’s a shame it took the Bucs this long. Better late than never. The Bucs picked off Matthew Stafford four times as they upset the Lions 24-21 at Ford Field. Tampa Bay has now won three straight to improve to 3-8 on the season. Lions fall to 6-5.
On their second possession of the game, the Lions marched into Bucs territory thanks to a 42-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross. The Bucs defense came up with a big play when LaVonte David picked off Stafford off a deflection to turn away the Lions. The Bucs were able to drive into Detroit territory, converting on three separate 3rd down situations. The drive culminated with a 38-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to give the Bucs a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
Lions responded in the second quarter when Stafford found Nate Burleson on a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 lead. The Bucs responded with an 80-yard drive that ended with a Mike Glennon 7-yard touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood to give Tampa Bay a 10-7 lead. Lions came back on a Stafford 10-yard TD pass to tight end Joseph Fauria to make it 14-10 Detroit. The Lions were driving for another score before the half when Leonard Johnson picked off Stafford and took it back 48 yards for a score to make it 17-14 Bucs at the half.
Darrelle Revis injured his groin in the first half and did not return. Calvin Johnson had 4 catches for 61 yards in the first half and finished with 115 yards on the day.
The Lions took the lead early in the third quarter when Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew for an 8-yard TD pass to give Detroit a 21-17 lead. The Bucs picked off Stafford for the 3rd time when Keith Tandy got him at the goal line.
The Bucs regained the lead early in the 4th on Glennon’s 85-yard TD pass to Underwood to make it 24-21 Tampa Bay. A few moments later, the Bucs blocked a punt when Danny Gorrer stormed in for the block to set up Tampa Bay at the Lions 11. But the Bucs couldn’t take advantage because Lindell missed a 35-yard field goal. Later, Gorrer forced a Durham fumble with less than 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Kelcie McCray returned it to the Detroit 37. Bucs iced the game late on a Johnthan Banks interception after McCray hit Megatron. The Bucs are back from the dead and they also get their first win on the road.
News & Notes:
Bucs inactives: LB Mason Foster, LG Carl Nicks, FS Dashon Goldson, G Patrick Omameh, DE Steven Means, RB Lonnie Pryor and DT Gary Gibson.
Adam Hayward is starting at MLB for Foster, who's out with a concussion. Keith Tandy gets the call at free safety today for the suspended Goldson.
Lions inactives: CB Jonte Green, G Leroy Harris, T Corey Hilliard, DE Austen Lane, RB Mikel Leshoure, QB Kellen Moore, WR Michael Spurlock
Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Lane / WDAE
Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the Bucs-Lions matchup from Ford Field which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
The Bucs will try to run their winning streak to three when they take on the Detroit Lions form Ford Field this afternoon at 1:00 and I have a lot of questions.
Will the Buccaneers' resurgent offensive line be able to keep Mike Glennon upright and open up enough holes against Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley for running back Bobby Rainey to do his thing?
What sort of an impact will returning receiver Nate Burleson have on a Lions offense that was shut out in the second half last week in Detroit's loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh?
How much will the Bucs miss safety Dashon Goldson's presence in the secondary today?
Will Gerald McCoy have another multi-sack performance this afternoon?
And who is going to win the one-on-one matchups between Detroit's super-receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson and Tampa Bay's all-world cornerback Darrelle "Optimus Prime" Revis?
Yes, those are the questions I have surrounding today's game.
I do feel it will be a close game, it's going to be a hard-fought game because the Lions have their backs to the wall after the disappointing 37-27 loss last Sunday in Pittsburgh. By the way, here's a little caveat - the Lions have not won a game in the Steel City since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Obviously, Detroit doesn't play a lot of the Steelers in Pittsburgh often.
Back to today's game. I think it's going to be a fascinating matchup between Johnson and Revis today. Who's going to win most of those one-on-one matchups? I really believe it will be the Bucs' Revis. A lot of that depends on whether or not McCoy has another mutli-sack game and can be as disruptive a force as he was last week against a banged up Falcons' offensive line. I don't expect that, but I do expect the Buccaneers to put some pressure on Matthew Stafford today and hopefully force some tough throws into the hands of No. 24 when he's trying to win those one-on-one matchups against Megatron.
Tampa Bay will miss Goldson's presence alone in the secondary, that could be the difference in the game as well. Keith Tandy is a good player, but he's not the All-Pro Goldson, who is incredible. Goldson is going to have to learn to change his game according to the new rules, which is why he is not available today in Detroit.
That resurgent offensive line for the Bucs is going to have its hands full against the interior of the Lions' defensive line, led by Suh and Fairly, but I do think they will be up to the task of opening up enough room for Rainey to do his thing.
The way I see it - So, here's how I see it on The Bucs Lane today: the Buccaneers come away with their third consecutive victory, but it will be a hard-fought game. Mike Glennon has really impressed as of late, and I think he will get his first big win on the road against a team with a winning record in the Detroit Lions who are tied for first in the NFC North. My final: Buccaneers 24, Lions 21.
That's it for The Bucs Lane, thanks for reading.
By Tom Krasniqi
The 2-8 Buccaneers look for their third straight when they travel to Motown today to take on the 6-4 Detroit Lions at Ford Field at 1pm (620 WDAE, 95.3FM, 103.5FM). The Bucs are coming off 41-28 blowout win over the Falcons last Sunday and that game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. Meanwhile, the NFC North leading Lions will try and rebound from a disappointing 37-27 loss at Pittsburgh last week.
The big matchup to watch today is Bucs CB Darrelle Revis going head-to-head with Lions WR Calvin Johnson. Revis has been splendid this season in shutting down opposing #1 WRs, but Megatron is in a category all by himself. Over his last four games, Johnson has 35 catches for 746 yards and 7 touchdowns. These two met before back in 2010. Revis held Johnson to just one catch for 13 yards. The Lions will throw the ball in Johnson’s direction so Revis has to be ready. Revis has indicated that he plans to get physical with Johnson (6-5, 236) at the line of scrimmage. This will be a fun matchup to watch.
The Lions offense is explosive with playmakers across the board. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for more than 3,000 yards already with 21 touchdowns. Johnson leads the way with 59 catches for 1,083 yards and a league-leading 11 scores. Running back Reggie Bush has proven to be a great addition and is a two-way threat. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 36 catches out of the backfield. The Bucs need to know where Bush and Johnson are at on each play. Linebacker LaVonte David is having a Pro Bowl type season and may be called upon to shadow Bush. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was dominant last week with 3 sacks. He needs more help if the Bucs are to pressure Stafford, who has been sacked just 12 times this season. The Lions will get a boost with the expected return of WR Nate Burleson, who’s been out since September with a forearm injury. If the Bucs can limit the big play potential of the Lions offense, they stand a good chance of pulling this off.
The Bucs secondary won’t have safety Dashon Goldson, who’s suspended for today’s game after his illegal hit on Falcons WR Roddy White last week. Keith Tandy will get the start in his place. CB Johnthan Banks is banged up with a shoulder injury. Not the way you want to be on your back end when you’re facing an explosive offense on the road.
On offense, the Bucs have established themselves as a smash mouth football team under head coach Greg Schiano. Over their last three games, the Bucs have rushed for more than 500 yards. Running back Bobby Rainey was spectacular last week with 163 yards rushing and 3 total touchdowns. He’ll face a stout Lions rush defense that ranks 5th in the NFL. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are playing well inside and will be tough to contain. Linebackers Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy have been effective. Levy is tied for the NFL lead with 5 picks. The Bucs offensive line has been blowing teams off the ball since Jamon Meredith was inserted at left guard and right guard Davin Joseph looks healthier than he’s been. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon is coming off a terrific game after completing 20 of 23 passes last week against the Falcons. He has a strong connection going with WR Vincent Jackson, who lit up the Falcons for 10 catches for 165 yards and a score. Glennon and Jackson should continue their hot play against a Lions pass defense that ranks 30th in the NFL.
Since 2001, the Bucs are 5-3 against the Lions. In their last meeting back in the 2011 season opener, the Lions beat the Bucs 27-20 at Raymond James Stadium. Stafford threw two touchdowns to Johnson. The Lions lead the all-time series 29-25 and have won three of the last four meetings.
Prediction: The Bucs are playing with great confidence and they feel like they can play with anybody. The Lions are more than just Megatron on offense. Bush is a big time weapon. Wideouts Kris Durham and Burleson will be involved along with Brandon Pettigrew at tight end. With Goldson out and Banks hurting, the Bucs won’t be able to account for all of Detroit’s firepower on offense. The Bucs are winless on the road this season and that trend will continue. 27-20 Lions.