Reaction: Bucs 20, Lions 27

In the aftermath off the Bucs loss, here are some reactions from the various sports writing voices around the Web.

George Diaz – Orlando Sentinel: “A one-game snapshot will not define an entire season, of course, but this loss immediately raises concerns about the Bucs, and whether their young energetic vibe was a typo in the marketing program.”

Kevin Seifert – ESPN NFC North: “To be fair, the Lions didn’t do a great job closing out this game. They allowed the Bucs to pull within one score on Mike Williams’ 5-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining. Right tackle Gosder Cherilus’ post-play 15-yard penalty at the end of the ensuing possession was an inexcusable loss of end-game exposure, and the Lions defense also had 12 men on the field for one play during the Bucs’ final possession. But ultimately the Bucs ran out of time with the ball on the Lions’ 41-yard line.”

Chris Houston – Lion’s Cornerback: “Really, we should have blown them out.”

Chris McCosky – The Detroit News: “It’s probably a good sign for the Lions they started the season on the road, against a team with playoff aspirations and were almost apologizing for not beating them worse than they did.”

Jim Schwartz – Lions Head Coach: “(We) made a couple plays, scored a couple touchdowns, but we made way, way too many mistakes,” said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. “Too many penalties. Too many really dumb mistakes. This one shouldn’t have been close.”

Josh Freeman – Bucs Quarterback: “I probably should’ve gone to the IV at halftime, but I was pumping fluids the whole game knowing I’m a heavy sweater. My ankle kind of twisted. So I overreacted, and the next thing you know, I’m cramping all up my right side and I’ve got to get off the field.”

Stephen Holder – St. Petersburg Times: “Preseason numbers are among the most worthless stats available, but the fact that the Lions allowed just three sacks in the preseason – fewest in the league – is no accident. Detroit used its quick-passing game to dice the Bucs with short throws that neutralized Tampa Bay’s rebuilt defensive line.”

Ronde Barber – Bucs’ Cornerback: “Calvin is tough to deal with. We all know that. [Stafford] made some opportune throws, and he went up and got them. We were in defenses to limit that. He beat us. That’s on us. It’s on us.”

Zac Snyder – SideLion Report: “The team was prepared and outplayed the Bucs – a team that many feel will be in contention for a playoff berth along with the Lions. This game played out like a lot of Lions game we’ve seen, except the roles were reversed.”


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