Lions 20, Buccaneers 6

October 15th, 2023

Our first-place Buccaneers aren’t ready for primetime.

The offense is stuck in 2022 and the defense isn’t good enough to overcome it against a powerful team. That’s the Lions, the club that smacked around Tampa Bay today — with maybe 20,000 blue-clad Lions fans invading The Licht House.

Detroit had more big catches, precision throws and too much power in their defensive front for the Bucs. By contrast, the Bucs had no edge rush, slippery hands in the receiving game, their trademark anemic run game and a too-often porous secondary.

After three quarters, Lions QB Jared Goff was 21-of-32 with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Nobody knew it then, but the game was over.

The Tampa Bay offense had no response, flatline.

Before this game, the Bucs had relied on turnovers. Those didn’t come today and the Bucs offense had no answers.

A big Mike Evans drop on third down hurt, as did Baker Mayfield overthrowing Trey Palmer on a deep shot and having a wide open deep shot to Evans batted down at the line of scrimmage. There were other shoddy connections between Palmer and Mayfield and some odd playcalls for Deven Thompkins in key moments. The young receivers had a forgettable day.

It’s said that football is a game of inches and big plays. Well, the Bucs just weren’t up for the big moments.

Maybe it was rust off the bye week. Whatever it was, it was inexcusable.

Joe’s hat is tipped to Lavonte David for playing like he was 10 years younger, and rookie defensive tackle Calijah Kancey looked like a real impact player in his return to the lineup after 11 snaps on opening day. Kancey got his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

The good news? NFC South rival New Orleans lost to the Texans and Atlanta lost at home to the Commanders. Both are 3-3 as the Bucs sit at 3-2, good for first place in the division.

The Bucs host the Falcons next Sunday.

163 Responses to “Lions 20, Buccaneers 6”

  1. Austin Says:

    Trade for Danielle Hunter, cut JTS…. CD3 has the rest of the year to prove us wrong on he’s cut to save $$$… fire whoever thinks telegraphing a run on 1st and 2nd down… THROW THE FOOTBALL TO THE OPEN GUY… Loooooots of decisions this offseaaon…off-season…. I want to beat good teams, not just win the NFC South

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Bad play calling 📞

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    Bowles is a coward, punting on 4th and short from near midfield with 10 mins left down by 14, knowing the defense is spent.

    Bowles has no balls.

  4. Steelers fan Says:

    Mayfield is not a NFL QB.

  5. DS Says:

    Defense played well wtf @Joe u expecting a shutout ?

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Bucs got b I t c h slapped today!!!!!

  7. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    Licht needs to answer for not having a decent running back in a run based offense

    It is egregious and fire worthy.

    Licht is garbage. Baker is just not a good QB against anyone with a pulse.

    Fools gold.

  8. No Mercy Says:

    3-2… ATL probably going to beat us and even if we win we will 100% get clapped by Buffalo right after .. yay 🤡

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    Ryan Neal is the defensive LVP, should be benched. That piece of trash personally gave up 14-points today.

  10. Austin Says:

    Fire Bowles, hire Steve Wilks

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    ME13 stonehands loves dropping passes too…

  12. ElioT Says:

    Whole team outside Lavonte David has been lacking today.

    No rushing game
    No pass rush
    Horrible play calling
    Baker totally off
    Evans awful

    Big come to Jesus game for these dudes

  13. HC grover Says:

    Told ya so people. You all were counting your chickens in irrational ways. They are middle of the road and Mayfield is just a average player. Not Super Bowl stuff. Missed big wide open plays that Brady would nail. Next time wait for actual results.

  14. ElioT Says:

    Totally exposed as a very average team

  15. Jack Clark Says:

    So much for the team “playing better without tom brady”

  16. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    Evans might be worth a 3 year – $10 mill a year – $20 mill guaranteed

    NOT A PENNY MORE. Dude is on his last legs.

  17. mark2001 Says:

    No one gets a pass. The Lions had the ball about twice the time of procession, The D couldn’t get off the field, and the O couldn’t do much of anything, A losing effort all together. And yeah, our team has three wins against teams cumulatively with a record of 6-12. Pretenders.

  18. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    This team has been exposed for weeks

    I never had the Bucs winning today……nope…..

    Plus…the Lions are a very good team

  19. LongSeason Says:


  20. Posey99 Says:

    Loss is on mayfield, period. Plays were there he didn’t execute.

  21. Bucs 95 Says:

    6 points and home no TDs is pathetic smh

  22. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Mayfield couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

  23. BucfaninMi Says:

    No running game Winfield was invisible Evans has stolen hands suddenly terrible play calling.

  24. No Mercy Says:

    This team has also been terrible at running the ball since Doug Martin… and it’s inexcusable. For a Todd Bowles led team that wants to play good defense and run the football, it makes no sense because we can’t run the football. At all. And it’s annoying. What is the gameplan here

  25. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Pathetic….. only two FGs today


  26. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Pass rush was 0.

  27. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Mayfield had 5000 overthrown passes today……

  28. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    Maybe Baker should do more spots with Pat McAfee this week.

    That will fix things.

  29. Bucluck Says:

    Showed their true colors, no heart

  30. BucfaninMi Says:

    I don’t see how you can blame Baker Mayfield for this loss, way more to it than that.

  31. King C Says:

    Mayfield is really really bad. Even the basic throws he misses. Easy to see why Cleveland got rid of him

  32. BucsFan2520 Says:

    14 point loss to a team that’s won 13 of its last 16. The people bitching must be Brady holdovers and gator fans wanting trask who btw is terrible.

  33. TombsEN Says:

    You all were just waiting for the team to lose… a bunch of loser fans if I say so myself. Canales needs to stop trying to force the run, let the pass open up the run so the offense can get into a rhythm. A couple of plays here or there and this team most likely wins. I just really despise this fan base…

  34. Travis K Says:

    We sucked today. All around. Lost a bunch of $$ because I’m an idiot that believes we might actually be good. Fool me once…

  35. Bucsfantim Says:

    Lions were 9-15 on Third down, while we were 2-12. There’s your story right there. Offense couldn’t extend drives and Defense gave up third and long time and time and time again.

  36. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs offense had two weeks to prepare for this game.

    Bowles waved the white flag with 10 minutes.

    Pitiful effort on offense and with the cowardly head coach.

  37. A Bucs Fan Says:

    A few quick reactions: The Bucs missed their shots today on offense. Mike is continuing to drop balls. The Bucs interior line cannot run block. The defense is good enough to win, but please bench Ryan Neal.

  38. HC grover Says:

    Worlds best bet…Lions minus 3….Mayfield exposed…can not pass. Put in Trask now.

  39. stvcl Says:

    Curse of the orange.

  40. Sacker58 Says:

    The Bucs have to find a way to defend passes in the open zones on third down.
    I don’t know what the answer is but maybe the next coach will.

  41. Rican Says:

    Only 2 people played good this game were LVD and Jake Camarda.

  42. DS Says:

    Can’t run the ball at all mayfield can’t throw downfield this was a game where Mayfield had to prove it and couldn’t. Shoutout to the defense giving up only
    20 pts

  43. Darin Says:

    Joe’s boy Dan Campbell had his boys ready. That was a whoopin

  44. DS Says:

    @joe is an idiot defensive gave up 20 pts let’s not get carried away

  45. Bucsthis Says:

    Why isn’t Evans targeted more? What the h3ll kind of game plan was that after a bye week?

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucsfantim Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:19 pm
    Lions were 9-15 on Third down, while we were 2-12. There’s your story right there.


    The offense scores 6 points, while the defense holds one of the best offenses in football to 20 points, including a turnover inside the Bucs 20.

    But it’s the defense that lost the game.

    LOL! I was curious how the Baker fanbois would spin this.

    They blame the defense and an Evans drop for 13 yards in the 1st quarter. Got it.

  47. BucU Says:

    Utterly pathetic performance AGAIN after a bye. We’ll now we know who the pretenders are don’t we. And throw those creamcycle uniforms in the nearest dumpster. Sickening performance.

  48. Biggun Says:

    More play action…. we were 2 dimensional strait run and strait passing, we need play action its been working not much of it at all today…

  49. mark2001 Says:

    Elliot… a .500 team a win or loss one way or the other. Of course in a lousy division with three other weak teams, we may get the privilege of another division title, a mid round draft pick, and the opportunity to get kicked around the block in the playoffs.

  50. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Please pay ME13 immediately.
    He needs to be a Buc for Life.


  51. No Mercy Says:

    I’m not going to bash Baker because he’s played well enough despite the only two good teams we’ve actually faced.. but I will bash the dreadful run game. Why on earth are we even running the ball when it never works. We would be better off throwing for every single play of the game unless it’s 3rd and inches.. literally

  52. Since76 Says:

    Baker is what he is. Let’s get comfortable with this offense. It’s not any better than what we seen in week one. This is it people. Our 2023 offense. There has been no improvement in the run game. There has been no improvement in the pass game. They should be improving shouldn’t they.

  53. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Cha Cha White sucks. All our RBs suck. We can’t run block. Baker missed some really big plays down the field. Evans drops at least a ball a game, if not more.
    Defensively, we played ok. Gotta agree that Ryan Neal has been a liability to this point.

  54. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Fair weather fans. Some of you sound like children. Wah, wah, while stomping your feet.

  55. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Back to reality.

  56. HC grover Says:

    I only hope this stops the HYPE I had to read this week. They are our Bucs but not Super Bowl kine. Maybe get the NFC South at best but that would be good for this year.

  57. BucU Says:

    I forgot to mention that was all for the offense.
    Every duragtory word.

  58. Sly Pirate Says:

    That BS can stop now. Only two teams have scored less points than the Bucs. Canales had a healthy team + 2 weeks to prep = 6 points and Hot Garbage. Detroit has only held opponents to less than 20 one other game.

    He’s looks like the JV HC when we play a real DC.

  59. Old School Bucs Says:

    So Joe, quickly, we need a few more reports on how the bucs are Sooooo much better without Brady As the real football knowledge who pop up on this ridiculous site from time to time have been saying, the bucs havent played anybody except for the eagles yet. And they lost that game bigly!!!!

    The Bucs oline has improved, but still sucks. Cant run the ball and protection is a mess. The defense gas improved, but still gets gashed for big plays at big moments. You cant see in without a oline, and you cant win with a defense that continuously gives up big plays! Period.

  60. Mike Johnson Says:

    Sometimes you just gotta say, we were beat by a better team. The Lions ‘played great ball today. Their 3rd down conversions were off the chart. Lets get ready for ATL Bucs. They lost today.

  61. Natron Says:

    This game was a good illustration of why Mayfield is on his 4th NFL team

  62. rrsrq Says:

    Bucs lost that game because nobody could win a one on one. Kept Baker clean, but he forgot to take what the defense gives you. Defense vs. offensive coaches, Lions win, pack up the creamsicles. Learn from this game and go get a damn running back, there is somebody sitting on their couch, in the XFL that has more heart than our RBs, can’t believe I’m asking when is Chase coming back, where is Giovani Bernard, any body

  63. Why Bowles? Says:

    How is this season different than last season other than a few different O plays? Can’t run, can’t score points and Evan’s bobbles the ball? The D can’t get off the field on 3rd downs and other than our punter ST is not good.

  64. DBS Says:

    Now Burn those damn Uniforms. And don’t print another stupid story about this secondary and why we complain. Their is your answer. 3rd and long automatic 1st down. Nothing new.

  65. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucsthis Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:21 pm
    Why isn’t Evans targeted more? What the h3ll kind of game plan was that after a bye week?


    Because, down by 14, with 11 mins left, we need to run the ball twice for 3 yards, then throw quick out to the RB for no yards. The defense would EXPECT you to throw to your expensive WRs in that scenario, and Bowles knows that, so he ordered Canales to use reverse psychology. Just like everyone would expect you to go for it on 4th and 2, down by 14, with 10 mins left, knowing your defense is spent. Bowles was outsmarting the Lions by punting there, but the players failed him.

  66. King Brutus Says:

    Baker isn’t bad Evans is Go root for the Browns and Steelers

  67. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Oh yeah! Rachaad White is not a starting RB. Move on.

  68. Rayjay1122 Says:

    IDK why it is but everything was ugly today. The offense, defense, coaching, Lions fan takeover and even the Swashbucklers were less good looking. Just an all around dismal day.

  69. rrsrq Says:

    Baker Mayfield, stay off TV, I don’t care if OU is going to the national championship

  70. ModHairKen Says:

    Disgusting and pathetic effort in coaching and all three phases of the game. No one had a good day.

  71. Bradybucs Says:

    Back to reality. Leaking the story making it like Brady was the problem was karma for the Bucs. Patriots thought they could actually win with out Brady. Well today the Raiders Josh mcdaniels and Belichick patriots thats what it looks like with out Brady

  72. ElioT Says:

    The Steal Firm of Dean & Davis.

    They both suck, they are non-factors, zero impact plays.

  73. Drunkinybor Says:

    That’s why I said I really like Dave our O.C. It just sucks hed getting trained and us having all these great learning experiences for him. To just have us lose games because of it and B. To leave for another job. Who wouldn’t want a whiz kid who has real experience. I just felt like this is why he room the job ro get experience added to his resume.

  74. Old School Bucs Says:

    So Joe, quickly, we need a few more reports on how the bucs are Sooooo much better without Brady As the real football knowledge who pop up on this ridiculous site from time to time have been saying, the bucs havent played anybody except for the eagles yet. And they lost that game bigly!!!!

    The Bucs oline has improved, but still sucks. Cant run the ball and protection is a mess. The defense gas improved, but still gets gashed for big plays at big moments. You cant see in without a oline, and you cant win with a defense that continuously gives up big plays! Period.

  75. StormyInFl Says:

    Coaching staff gets an ‘F’. Two weeks to prepare for this? Blech.

    Baker played like crap. But anyone putting it all on Mayfield is an idiot. The whole team didn’t show up. Except Camarda.

    Bowles show his true colors (yellow) again. God god, when (if ever) are his balls gonna drop?

    The RB suck. Licht needs to get on the phone. White and Vaughn both suck. They’re JAGS.

  76. J.J.swat Says:

    They are what they are. An average team in a bad division. They ll win some games and lose some. Possibly compete for the south title but they don’t have enough to advance in the playoffs.

  77. K_bassuka Says:

    Barker Maybefield acting like he’s hurt at the end 🤦🏽‍♂️. Amazing showcase by the natural born leader. Joe should put Maybefield’s photo for this loss since it was largely his fault.

  78. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    People gave Mayfield and Canalas WAYYYY too much credit……

    The Bucs has been exposed for weeks….. not just today….nope

  79. Rican Says:

    Also on 4 &2 and our corners are playing 10 yards back..

  80. Posey99 Says:

    Baker isn’t bad? How many times did he overthrow a WR today or had a batted down pass? That was terrible. Was Palmer bad too? Excuses for the little guy.

  81. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    Baker Mayfield is just good enough to get you fired.

  82. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    What a trash division

  83. No Mercy Says:

    We were beat by the lions WITHOUT David Montgomery and Jahmyr Gibbs.. let that sink in. We faced them at 80% and still got absolutely man handled. At home. The Seahawks put up 37 against this Lions team and we can’t even score a touchdown. Not trying to be a negative Nancy but I’m absolutely a realist and this team is closer to the bottom than the top at this point

  84. D Cone Says:

    Bucs out rushed the Lions and Baker got 50+ yards of Stafford Stats to keep him from looking like Hot Garbage .

  85. HC grover Says:

    Mayfield does not even give our receivers a chance at the ball….get him out

  86. Drunkinybor Says:

    Oh and Kancey got a sack in his first real game. He only had 11 snaps in his first game. I didn’t get to see it but I heard he was playing well. Im At work

  87. DBS Says:

    BucsAnthem. The only time you show up here is when we lose. Next win you will be back under the rock you hide under.

  88. Gofortheface30 Says:

    I guess it’s good news that the saints lost but we’re all going to spend countless hours watching every game knowing how this will end. It really doesn’t matter. They’re going 9-8 or 8-9, get a home playoff game we don’t deserve because we will be playing a team with a better record like the Seahawks. We will get pistol whipped, pick 19th or 20th (wooo.) and go in to next yr with Baker or Trask as the starter and we’re gnna do this thing again where we talk ourselves in to thinking we have a chance when at the end of the day we don’t have a Mahomes, Allen, Burrow, hurts, or a roster like San Fran. We will be a year older and arguing about literally the same ol shi

  89. Bucfan1988 Says:

    FACTS from today’s game….

    1) Ryan Neal is garbage – I’ll take Dee Delaney out there now…
    2) Jamel Dean can’t cover a sack of potatoes anymore. Got his contract and he going thru the motions….Dean needs to be traded and Zion McCollum needs to be starting corner…Dean and his soft ridiculous cushions he giving opposing WR’s….RIDICULOUS!!!
    3) I FLUCKIN’ HATE ZONE DEFENSE!!! Our secondary sucks when Bowles calls this…
    4) 3rd & longs and we still can’t get off the field…NO PASS RUSH whatsoeverrrrrrrr!!!
    5) Mayfield & Palmer need to work on their timing…2 HUGE misses today…

    I hereby rest my case…

  90. B Says:

    Shrug. Mayfield is a streaky passer who gets passes batted down. Nothing new to see here. More worried our defense seems to have an established problem now with speedy receivers getting quick throws in space.

  91. Rod Munch Says:

    Posey99 Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:28 pm
    Baker isn’t bad? How many times did he overthrow a WR today or had a batted down pass? That was terrible. Was Palmer bad too? Excuses for the little guy.


    Yeah, but Mike dropped a ball in the 1st quarter. That’s why Mayfield stunk today. Take away that drop and it’s all different.

  92. #99 the big fella Says:

    Funny how fast bucs fan’s turn on baker. Detroit is a really good football team.
    You girls should stick to water pollo

  93. Posey99 Says:

    “Joe should put Maybefield’s photo for this loss since it was largely his fault.“

    Should but won’t, we all know baker reads the headlines.

  94. Rod Munch Says:

    #99 the big fella – well I’ve never been on the Mayfield bandwagon, but you’re right, it is laughable. But it is fair to say he played awful today. Hopefully next week, vs a bad team, we get the good Baker who plays well vs bad teams.

    If not, the team is going to very quickly be 3-4 considering they have no chance of beating Buffalo in Buffalo on a short week. Then they play a hot Houston team…

    Could get ugly quick if Mayfield doesn’t play dramatically better next week.

  95. NYbucsfan Says:

    I have a prediction next week we beat the Falcons cuz they’re trash and Joe crowns Mayfield the QB of the future and then we play a team with a pulse and get curb-stomped in Mayfield looks like absolute trash.

  96. rrsrq Says:

    Mark Ingram, Noshawn Moreno, Shady McCoy, He Hate Me, Demarco Murray, James Wilder Jr.

  97. Ricki Says:

    Joe jinxed it by saying after a bye week we are ready for the Lions. We never are.

  98. HC grover Says:

    And now the fools see the diff between Brady and Mayfield….Brady would have won this game…

  99. Posey99 Says:


    Right, I mean come on lol

  100. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Blame the QB for every loss? – Low football IQ.

  101. Ninety9buc Says:

    I really think someone should have a long talk with new offensive coordinator Dave Canales
    His play calling was soo incredibly vanilla.

    It was pretty embarrassing to lose that way to a team that looked like a last place
    Arena league squad, just a couple of years ago.

    We are not ready for prime time!!!

  102. Sly Pirate Says:

    #99 the big fella Says:
    Detroit is a really good football team.


    Their defense has surrendered +20 points in every game but 1. We had two weeks to watch film and game plan. Two weeks, a healthy team, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin should equal more than 2xFGs.

  103. Brandon Says:

    Y’all no football IQ having cavemen can STFU about JTS. He had a decent game, we credited with another sack. He was not the problem. You’re the same no brains that wanted Goedeke, White, and others cut during training camp and were saying Kancey would be a bust. Yall literally don’t have a clue about football.

  104. Defense Rules Says:

    Story of the ball game …

    1 – Lions offense controlled the game.
    o TOP … 36:29 to 21:31.
    o 3rd downs … Lions 9-for-16 to Bucs 2-for-12.
    o Lions 69 plays (22 rushes for 40 yds – 44 passes; 30 complete for 353 yds – 3 sacks).
    o Bucs 54 plays (15 rushes for 46 yds – 38 passes; 20 complete for 211 yds – 1 sack).

    2 – Both defenses played well. Bucs defense was going up against a much better offense, yet they still only allowed 17 pts (plus holding the Lions to a FG after the INT deep in Bucs’ territory).

  105. rrsrq Says:

    Well Jordan Whitehead is balling

  106. Bucschamp Says:

    PI on mike at the endzone hurts. Should’ve been a TD

  107. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    DBS Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:29 pm
    BucsAnthem. The only time you show up here is when we lose. Next win you will be back under the rock you hide under.


    No DBS….the only time I show up, is when I get done with yo mama!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣

  108. Georgia Redneck Says:

    The real Baker is showing up.

  109. True bucsfan Says:

    Welcome to joe hates the bucs fans. Only time you guys comment is when you have negative things to say. Eat shi#t. Online played well defense played well play calling was not great Mayfield was off. Cant wait to see this team in 6 weeks.

  110. DBS Says:

    Jorden Whitehead just helped the JETS Beat the Eagles!

  111. HC grover Says:

    hats off to Bowels D to hold the Lions to 20 with Mayfield as our QB.

  112. RagingBrisket Says:

    The offense struggles primarily because they cannot run the football. They cannot run the football primarily because the oline gets embarrassed on nearly every rush down. It all starts up front and there is a persistent narrative around here to try and blame the, admittedly dismal, backs instead of addressing what is plain to see that the oline cannot hold up in the trenches.
    Cue the excuses for the oline and the GM responsible for fielding that starting lineup incompetence.

  113. G8r8r Says:

    Orange uniforms are bad luck

  114. DBS Says:

    Anthem hardly true fool. She died at age 55.

  115. No Mercy Says:

    Baker deserves criticism. He led this offense to 6 whole points at home against a lions defense that was exposed by the seattle Seahawks .. lol.. the only people that don’t see that are D Riding a little too hard

  116. Buc4evr Says:

    Canales did a terrible job of play calling. Especially in the third quarter. Running two times in a row and getting nothing, then a stupid screen pass. And on and on. Run game was beyond garbage and nothing was done to exploit Detroit’s secondary.

  117. Duane in Sanford Says:

    They didnt answer the call today, and the offense was flat. Another game where they were physically outplayed by a good team. Its good that this Oline doesnt give up a lot of sacks, but its equally just as bad and getting push on the line. I may have been for nothing anyways considering who is running the football on this team. Not going to fault the defense for holding Detroit to 20. Lets get back to work and make the Falcons a get right game next week. Rest of the division is just as bad.

  118. HC grover Says:

    Mayfield can not throw a football to way open receivers. Hello people.

  119. NE Fan Says:

    Na na na naa na! Bucs are the king of the crap pile. Yes the Pat’s blow, can’t deny that. Both HC’s want to play run first and thier losing ways prove otherwise. Yes you need to run but give the D something to think about.

  120. Voice of Truth Says:

    That offense was pitiful. The rookie OC was outclassed

    Defense kept us in it as long as they could and eventually just wilted

    Baker looked like the Baker most thought he was – erratic at best

    Thankfully is ATL next week, 4-2 doesn’t sound bad after 6 games but the thoughts of we found a QB are crazy talk

  121. CHRISTOS Says:

    When some Bucs fans are saying to pump the breaks and not over react and overestimate the team after every win we are bad fans.
    A win is a win yes but you must see, analyze the performance and not mask everything because of a win.
    Its true that the Offense has not be good. The only really good game bu the Offense was the Saints game.
    We have played against 2 good teams in our home and we have scored 11 and 6 points. In these 2 games the Offense is unwatchable. In both these 2 games against quality opponents we were not competitive if we want to be honest. Yes the score was 10-6 late in the 3rd but we cant say that we looked like we can win.
    The Defense although has not most of the blame for today is not a top level Defense as some of us fans say, and we are not bad fans but we just try to be honest. The Defense gives up to many 3rd and longs. Defense is not responsible for the loss today but they can be better.
    We are not competitive vs the good teams and it is the truth.
    Go Bucs

  122. confido75 Says:

    Two weeks to prepare and this is the result? I guess everyone was too busy doing interviews and vacationing to be concerned about winning a game.

  123. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    DBS Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:38 pm
    Anthem hardly true fool. She died at age 55.


    My bad!!!

    Yo mama was cool!!!!

  124. Posey99 Says:

    I’d like to see the stat line on how many lions players touched a mayfield thrown ball today vs our own players. How many batter passes or rainbow throws over the line? Should we get him those fancy shoes that make you taller? Like clogs or something lol

  125. TheBucsAnthem Says:

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  126. TonySoprano Says:

    I just want to know what goes though every coach and players’ mind on 3rd down when we play zone and seemingly play 15 yards off the ball and allow the WRs an easy completion every. Single. Time.

  127. Wild Bill Says:

    No shame loosing to a better team butttttt, Baker had a lousy day. Lions pressured him very well and Baker over threw or under threw all game long. Once again the Bucs run game was non existet. Bucs defense kept the game close for a long time. The Bucs offense sucked. The Bucs defense kept the game close but the offense was pretty dam bad. No running game and Baker over threw or under threw all game long .

  128. dmatt Says:

    Evans has been dropping too many balls this season. He was worried about getting hit that’s why he dropped it. Lions coached their players up for this game to focus on batting balls down at the line of scrimmage from Mayfield. That was good film review and study on Mayfield. It worked. It’s just unacceptable for Mayfield to overthrow open receivers.Kudos to the OL for protecting Mayfield. JTS batted a ball down today, that was his first batted pass since being drafted. Our coaches should be coaching him to use more than just his speed. He’s still a bust. CJ n JDean are not top tier cb. They got schooled today. Wow, I wished we still had JWhitehead n not Ryan Neal. Our coaches got out coached today. Was Leftwich in the house calling plays today? Bowles, as usual, will not play to win. He was pleased with us just scoring 6 points, he’s still coaching 70’s football. As usual when behind, he’ll wait until last 4 minutes then try making a comeback.

  129. Why Bowles Says:

    Holding Lions to 20 points is no great feet as Joe wrote in a previous post, Goff is not great on the road. DR, the TOP is extended when you give up 9 first downs 56%.

  130. No Mercy Says:

    I know Brady is long gone but he would have won this game no doubt it my mind. Zero doubt. So when the slicksters wanna bring up Brady and compare him to Maybefield I hope they realize how pathetic we looked today

  131. BucaneroJim Says:

    Next year forget having a quarterback, receivers, offense coaches and most of the offense players. Draft a miracle kicker, who can kick 3 points from the 25 yard line on every first down. Add more defensive players and special teamers, to stop the other team scoring. This should be Bowles plan for 2024. Good for the salary cap!

  132. Rjscheapseats Says:

    The predictable fair-weather fans after a loss. The Coach stinks. The team sucks! Fire everone!

    What a joke.

    The Bucs D is for real and giving up 20 points to that offense is an achievement.

    To do more than contend for the division the O will have to produce. It didn’t today but did against a very good Saints D 2 weeks ago.

    Baker Mayfield has flaws.

    This is the NFL – not college football. Every team has a loss.

  133. Bojim Says:

    Optomist, fair weather fan.

  134. Since76 Says:

    The run game can’t get established because the defenses we face don’t fear the pass. They don’t fear the passing game because our passing game is non existent. Then our defense gets demoralized. It steadily goes down hill from there. See lions game for reference.

  135. HC grover Says:

    Simple. Brady would of won this game.

  136. Pewter Power Says:

    Yep those creamsicles bring back memories and not the ones that make you think the uniforms look good.

    Stressin no more Bucs. Don’t matter who the quarterback is. Puffing their chest out about R white, bragging about mayfield! Gotta beat somebody who matters or stop wasting your time trying to be mid to low tier team with super stars. It’s foolish

    You won’t give up draft capital to go up and get a difference maker in the draft. Are we actually going to wait another 7-8 years to be a top tier team again by hoping another Tom Brady like quarterback is available?

  137. tucker Says:

    Typical bucs fan base, yup they were over matched by a better lions team. The canales hc hype was nuts. They are still a team figuring out who they are its gonna take time God forbid. Go bucs!

  138. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    Either Evans gets a contract or Mayfield gets a contract.

    There is no situation where both Evans and Mayfield get a contract.

    This is why time and again I have said it is in the best interest of this franchise if Trask becomes the guy and excels.

    But nooooooo. Everyone loves Baker!

    Well we saw what happens today when Baker plays a halfway decent defense.

    The result isn’t good.

  139. Herbie uc Says:

    Our running game is hilarious and ryan Neal #23 is giving up big play after big play he’s our weak link on defense and it’s getting exposed

  140. ChiBuc Says:

    The biggest losers surrounding this team are their fans. Week after week the visiting team’s fans take over Ray Jay. You old curmudgeons crap all over coaches/players (personally and professionally) with every lil mistake, still talking about brady… move on, annoint a “king” for 1 padded sack season, and are generally a bunch of know-it-all-i-told-you-so-after-the-fact blowhards. Get off your lazy boy and put your money where your mouth is and go rant and rave at the stadium for a change. Stop embarrassing yourselves on national TV with a stadium full of opponents’ jerseys (see Rays and Bolts too). Sad finger pointers

  141. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Remember when you said the offensive coordinator would last a year here?… yeah, that’s not going to happen.

  142. #99 the big fella Says:

    No more undefeated teams now.. everyone in our division loss we are still in first place.. Glass half full

  143. Marques Says:

    Mayfield was tough and underwhelming today. Mike Evans is a good not great receiver. He is not a HOFer. He drops too many. Neal struggled. I thought Luke and Tristan had very good games. But our offence didn’t give our defence a chance. The Lions had 30 more plays on offence. That can’t happen. Having said that there has been improvement. We as fans need to be patient with process. That Evans penalty was the turning point of the game. He can’t make mistakes like that. The stats may not show it but the game was close. The opportunities were there, we just didn’t execute. We will get better. Have faith.

  144. Bucs2023 Says:

    No edge rush. Gee what a shock. Earth calling Mr. Bowles…might wanna give Gill and Watts a chance off the edge and stop having your corners give the WRS a first down cushion on every play, run or pass. 3rd and 1, Goff in shotgun takes snap, looks left, hits WR on a 5 yard out…with big money Dean running in 8 yards away to make the stop. 13 yards off the LOS on 3rd and 1. You just can’t make it up. Forget beating the legit teams, Bowles and Canales will keep the worst teams in the game. Mark it, they will be Carolina’s first win of the season.

  145. D-Rok Says:

    This team is 2-3 years away from being competitive.

  146. #99 the big fella Says:

    For those saying Brady would of won that game is absolutely crazy!that statue would of taken a lot more sacks!

  147. Todd Rolls Says:

    Don’t sweat this loss to hard we are young and going to be ok coach out

  148. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    The Glazers forced folks to purchase 2 seasons of tickets.

    The Brady nutriders are all selling their tickets now that he is gone.

    What do people expect?

  149. Durango 95 Says:

    “Bowles is a coward, punting on 4th and short from near midfield with 10 mins left down by 14, knowing the defense is spent.”
    There was close to 11 minutes left. They were on their own 33 yard line and two yards needed to get a first down. This team had not been moving the ball all day. Down by two scores and failing to get that first down puts the Lions in FG territory. Which would have made it a three score deficit.

    The obvious call was not to punt. Which they did. It was an excellent punt that forced Detroit to start at their own 15 yard line.

    Bottom line. It was the right call.

  150. StormyInFl Says:

    “Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:
    October 15th, 2023 at 7:55 pm
    Either Evans gets a contract or Mayfield gets a contract.

    There is no situation where both Evans and Mayfield get a contract.

    This is why time and again I have said it is in the best interest of this franchise if Trask becomes the guy and excels.

    But nooooooo. Everyone loves Baker!

    Well we saw what happens today when Baker plays a halfway decent defense.

    The result isn’t good.”

    Only flaw in that plan is Trask sucks. Guaranteed top 10 pick with “Mr. Slow Learner” under center. He has literally shown zippo in 3 years.

    Then this team would have neither. Baker and Evans would move on and Trask would be backing up the team’s shiny new top 10 savior with whatever new coaching staff drafts him.

  151. Durango 95 Says:

    * the obvious call was to punt.

  152. CTBucs Says:

    Soft zone coverage killed us today. We have two 6 foot plus CBs who never jam at the line. Goff picked up on it early and abused us. They ran 5 yard button hook routes and would gain 7 or 8 yards a pop. Shame on Bowles for not making adjustments.

  153. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Joe the defense kept it close more than half the game but what do you expect when they are out there the whole game and the offense not only couldn’t sustain drives but put points the board. The defense isn’t that if the 2002 hall of fame defense but they are good. It’s a team sport if the defense had an offense to compliment them it’s a diff outcome.

  154. Bucs Guy Says:

    Two players who haven’t got it done this year – Deven Thompkins and Ryan Neal. Cade Otton is a #2 TE — not a #1. Need a C and G also. Hainsey is a good back up at G or C.

    FA and draft are starting to take shape as the season goes (assuming Bucs don’t draft a QB)
    G in FA (Pay the $ and get a very good established player)
    C in the draft (Van Pran from UGA in 1st or 2nd rd)
    S in the draft (Catalon from Ark, Nubin from Minn in the 4th)
    TE in FA or the draft (Bell from TX, Bell from FSU, Castles from TN in the 3rd)
    RB in FA or the draft (Braelon Allen from Wisc, Audric Estime from ND in late rd/big back only)
    WR/Return Specialist in the draft (Johnny Wilson Outside WR from FSU in 1st, Anaias Smith Slot WR from TXA&M in 2nd, Chris Tyree RB/WR from ND in late rd)
    Bucs do NOT have a 5th rd pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

  155. Bucs'n'Bucks Says:

    I’ll take 3 incomplete passes and a punt over 3 one yards runs and a punt any day. At least there’s a chance of success.

    This D is too good to give up 350 plus yards passing.

    I didn’t notice any adjustments being made to even try to win today.

    Still love the Bucs but I’m really disappointed today.

  156. brooks Says:

    Told yalll!

  157. Bucs Guy Says:

    Bucs are only a good team — win against lesser teams, may win one they shouldn’t..
    Lions and Miami are very good.
    Eagles, 49ers, Chiefs are the elite.

    Bucs have fixed most of the D (still need a S). The problem is still the O. Need a C, G, RB, WR and TE. Assuming we don’t go QB in the draft in 2024.

  158. adam from ny Says:

    detroit is just an elite franchise rn…

    we are a good team…and should slide to 4-2 next week…

    detroit is a great team…top 5 for sure, maybe top 3…

    if things go well, we might pull off my max number of wins this season and finish 10-7…

    detroit could be a 13-14 win type team…they that good in all facets

  159. adam from ny Says:

    a little surprised we put up zero offense today tho…

    we just couldn’t connect on any plays that would have made a game of it…

    that happens sometimes…in some games…

    but there was no room for it against a terrific detroit team…

    the d fought and fought and slowly as the game progressed they just wore down…we’ve got a pretty darn good defense…and they had a lot of fight in them…

    especially lavonte today

  160. mark2001 Says:

    Well, that cheerleader on the article below this looks like she knows exactly what she is doing. The team today. Not very sure they did.

  161. Obvious Says:

    I’ve got to say, the best part of today has without a doubt, been the cheer leaders pics! ESPECIALLY THE ONE WITH THE EXTRA LARGE POM POMS!

    The new Hooters picture isn’t too shabby either!

    Now those are inspiring me!

  162. Bucs13 Says:

    Brady wasn’t his best last year, but I do believe he would’ve won this game. The pass protection was awesome today! That was missing last year. Brady definitely wouldn’t have batted passes at the line. He also can see over the line

  163. Bucs96NYC Says:

    Watching the game I didn’t feel the Bucs were over matched like he Eagles game. Some miss opps was really the difference. The defense played VERY well considering they didn’t get any offense to help.

    So the Bucs are a step below the top teams in the NFC in week 6. That’s OK, I think they’re capable of improving & competing against these teams that have been together a lil longer.