Lions 27, Bucs 20

September 11th, 2011

Sadly, Aqib Talib was the Bucs offense through three quarters.

When the Bucs got clobbered by New England at home during the preseason, many thought that was a great thing for the young Bucs, an embarrassing wake-up call of sorts.

Well, the Bucs apparently haven’t awakened. They got annhilated today by the Lions. Shredded up and down their home turf until the game was almost out of reach.

The Bucs offered little outside of a handful of splash plays on defense and they ate the yardage the Lions’ prevent defense gave them late in the game, culminating in a gorgeous touchdown catch by Mike Williams. Even mighty Josh Freeman even looked dreadfully flat for much of the game — getting intercepted on a poor throw and cramping up and leaving the game (in the third quarter), possibly from stiffening up from standing on the sidelines so much. (He did return).

Joe’s not sure what to say about the first half. The Lions didn’t gut and gash the Bucs with the run, but the Lions took what the Bucs gave them, which was MASSIVE chunks of yardage through the air.

Joe can’t even remember a Jim Bates Experiment defense looking so porous. The Bucs allowed 324 yards and 16 first downs in the first 30 minutes. The Lions had 429 yards overall.

Ugly, embarrassing stuff, and Luke Stocker evoked memories of Michael Clayton. The Bucs needed this game and they didn’t get it. At least the Falcons got clobbered. … Stay with Joe through the day and night for so much more.

39 Responses to “Lions 27, Bucs 20”

  1. raphael Says:

    sad but true

  2. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Good this looks like 2009 all over again.

  3. kyle Says:

    I think every NFC South team will be 0-1 after this week

  4. Mr. Lucky Says:

    So how do you HOMERS like that Dream D-Line now?

    Did you come up with a nickname?

    How about porous pewter pirates? or Triple P

  5. justin Says:

    no sacks no running game and greg olsen is pure garbage how do u throw a 5 yard pass in the middle of the field on the last play and do a shotgun draw on 4 and 1 pathetic

  6. kyle Says:

    Although they didn’t have any sacks the defense was on the field for most of the first half. This loss is on the offense, not the defense.

  7. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Oh that was Greg Olson calling the offense? I thought that the Bucs rehired Clyde Christiansen.

    Hey how about that new O-line coach – nice job there don’t ya think?

  8. Pruritis Ani Says:

    It totally sucked. Very poor effort on both sides of the ball. Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin.

  9. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Hardest gonna hate. Sorry but no off season, rookies everywhere, and game one after no off season. Still some of us believe we will pick up soon and then the haters will start to lay off. It was ugly yes, but its not the end, its only the beginning. Gooo Bucs!

  10. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Sorry meant haters gonna hate. Stupid smart phone. LOL

  11. RastaMon Says:

    Bucs can not run the ball nor stop the opponent from running the ball….
    that ALWAYS results in losing records…

  12. Patrick Says:

    Like Joe said, 5 CARRIES FOR BLOUNT!!! Inexcusable!

  13. Eric Says:

    Martin Mayhew must be a super rock star.

    5-12 home record by the new geniuses in charge, if anybody is counting. Should keep the blackout tour in operation.

    Yet again unbelievably horrific play to begin the game and the whole first half really.

    How does that keep happening? Same dang script as last year, without a lucky comeback.

  14. Tristan Berry Says:

    @Blackmagic00: I’m a huge fan and a natural optimist myself, so I understand the sense of loyalty you’re expressing; but that just doesn’t fly. The Lions didn’t have an off-season, either. Were we at a disadvantage with the number of rookies we were starting? I’d say yes. But that doesn’t explain the Bucs’ poor performance today. Nothing short of lack of preparation, abysmal decision-making, and poor execution can adequately explain the horrendous mess my beloved Bucs displayed on the field today. I’m disgusted.

  15. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Man…everyone relax!

    We all knew the defense would struggle at the beginning of the year. In reality they did better than expected. Morris should have put Okam in to help stop the run though.

    They are a rough unit…but they did fairly well for a first outing with so many 1st and 2nd year guys.

    And as I mentioned a number of times before today…
    The offense is going to have to carry this team until the defense gets enough experience. And in order for that to happen, our offensive line has to play well…WHICH THEY DID NOT.

    We got lucky this week. Two of our division rivals also lost. Hopefully Cobb will beat the Panthers today. If the Panthers lose, this loss cost us nothing in our division standings.

    We have a good chance of being 3-3 by the 6th week…given the youth and inexperience of our team, that’s not too bad. We COULD win 7 games after that…especially since the Defense will have their feet under them by then.

    Next Week
    We have a good chance of beating the Vikings…and our defense might have a strong showing as well.

  16. Miracle Says:

    We were bad on offense for much of the game, but I would mostly put it towards an extremely talented Lion’s team. I believe they will be an extremely dangerous team this year. I still prefer Freeman, but the Stafford to Johnson tandem is scary. Talib played really well throughout the game but still looked like a rookie against Johnson.

    We do need to work on our poor offensive play calling.

  17. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Bucs horribly game planned. They tried to force the run early which put them in too many 3rd and longs. Schwartz also coached bady after getting the 2td lead, he nearly blew it by becoming clock obsessed.

    Stafford and calvin were having their way with our D. Did Stafford get knocked down once? I dont think so. So much for the improved d line pressure. Before he got hurt, I thought thst Price was clearly the best player on the D Line, and Crowder.

  18. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Why did we fire Pete Mangurian?

  19. Eric Says:

    Nothing to see here.

    Getting our asses totally handed to us by the Detroit Lions isn’t any indication of anything.

    In Dom we trust.

    All we need are some soothing words from Joel Glazer about the “plan”.

  20. m.wesley Says:

    Third and longs what game did you watch Tommy?

  21. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Third and more than 3+.

    What was the attendance? It looked horrible on TV.

  22. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The only good thing is that the Saints & Falcons are 0-1 along with us (and probably the Panthers in a little while, too). I only say that because I can’t take away anything good from this game besides Clayborn, Bennett and to a lesser extent, McCoy. What a disgraceful showing by our secondary along with our offense.

  23. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I guess all the pundits who were so high on the Lions were right. They certainly look like the real deal.

  24. aldo Says:

    i think its time to get a D Coordinator

  25. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Why did we fire Pete Mangurian?”


    Ask your boy Olsen.

  26. kyle Says:

    The defense had good pressure on Stafford. The offense lost this game, plain and simple, so I don’t know what game you were watching Thomas because the defense came to play. It’s not the D’s fault that the offense kept going 3 and out

  27. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    1) how is anybody happy with the D line play? 0 sacks, 0 knockdowns. Did they get a hand on stafford’s jersey? The lion run game was effective especially in the first half.

    2) hawaiian: now Olson is responsible for firing assistant coaches. LOL. Are you rah rah’s little brother or something? Before long, even you will be out of excuses for his incompetence.

    Poor game planning, horrible clock management. A siv of a defense until Schwartz got overly protective of the 2 score lead. Now the Nfl is fining him for violating league rules.

  28. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Kyle: more than 400 yards of offense before the end of the 3rd quarter and 0 sacks. There is NO way that this was good defense.

    Except for two offsides penalties, nobody would have known that Mccoy dressed today.

    Yes, larsen and faine did a good job and suh and it was clear that Olson planned to double Suh and they did that well.

  29. kyle Says:

    The time of possession was ridiculous in the first half. I am pretty sure the bucs had the ball for a whopping 8 minutes. How do you expect the bucs D to not be tired. The defense played well for how they got screwed by the offense. Thomas you would literally bitch about flies in cow crap.

  30. kyle Says:

    Oh and the defense held the Lions to 3.6 ypc in the running game, man that’s so terrible

  31. Nate Says:

    I was at the game and we got man handled! There is simply no excuse for this javid best ran right by our linebackers i hate to say this but rudd might have helped us in this game more then any1.. And Jeff faine sucks imo.. no holes! On the good note Freeman is ok! and its looks like everyone in our division will have lost week 1!

  32. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Kyle: the 3.6 average is misleading bc the Lions spent a quarter and a half burning clock, i.e. running in obvious run situations and getting down in bounds instead of fighting for all possible yards.

    The liond had about 100 yards rushing through 3 quarters until schwartz got stupid.

  33. m.wesley Says:

    what was time of poss. Thomas,you are a math genius,how many third and 1,2,and three did we miss,you are so stuck on hate for Morris that you are pathetic.You and your little crew are getting old with that you are only watching the Bucs because this was the last team your favorite coach was a part of and hopefully he will be hired next year and you will no longer be here to complain and moan when your weekly Morris l cramps come about.

  34. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    2.2: Joseph is the guy who handled Suh most of the game. Were you even watching?

  35. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    2.2: did you not read anything about Mangurian’s firing and Morris’ hiring in the offseason? It was stated openly by the Bucs that Olson wanted his guy Morris in the OL coaching position. Open your eyes and your ears.

  36. Foxworth Says:

    Hey don’t take it so hard did anyone think we would go undefeated, we will be just fine its just one game it doesn’t put us out of the playoff picture. Now with that being said but if it more than a few things don’t get corrected rather quickly the d cordinator position will become a serious topic as far as bringing up ruud get real foster looks pretty good for a rookie my question this week is where was the gameplan for blount this week. Alrite last but least the stadium wasn’t very loud we have to do our part too so ill see you at next home game. . . . Keep the faith. Go bucs

  37. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Yes, Olsen made a major push to get rid of him. That is a fact. Of course Raheem didn’t have to do it, but I would imagine they want Olsen back, and this would be a major step in accomplishing that. From what has been reported, he was gone unless Mangurian was gone. Will it be a bad decision? We shall see. It doesn’t look good now, but if memory serves me correctly, we started out horrible running the ball last year, and even when Blount became the starter, we still had a few bad games.

    I’m not defending him, just stating facts. He is absolutely responsible for the loss today. However, I am smart enough to know that the loss falls on the shoulders of more than just one man. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Olsen didn’t call a great game (I’m sure he would tell you the same thing, at least I would hope he would), and the players didn’t play very well (especially Freeman for 3.5 quarters). Your problem is that you pile on, and you enjoy blaming Raheem for everything, and not holding “your boys” responsible for anything. That’s what makes you a hater, and why no one will ever take you serious as a fan.

  38. GenocideD Says:

    I had to blink twice. I thought it was Foster and Williams stuffing the rock down our throat and running at will against our WEAK defense again today.
    You’d think after 27 draw plays in a row that we would’ve figured it out!

  39. m.wesley Says:

    It was also funny how when Freeman called the plays during the hurry up we did better than Olsen did when he had time to call plays