Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson didn’t get the memo. On the road in Tampa they tore up the Bucs D, and earned themselves some well deserved respect. As for Tampa, it’s back to the drawing board after the 27-20 loss. The Bucs allowed over 400 total yard of offense to the strech the field Lions. They had no answer for Matthew Stafford’s deep passes to Johnson. They hooked up for 6 receptions,88 yards, and 2 td’s. Lions Rb Jahvid Best also rushed for 72 yds in a fair effort. Tampa did not get enough hits on Stafford, who was able to stay upright for most of the game. They recorded no sacks, and only 1 turnover.
Tampa’s version of the West Coast offense moved the ball well with over 300 yards total O, but couldn’t make the big plays when the game was on the line. LeGarrett Blount was a non-factor with only 15 yds rushing, which is a big reason why the team couldn’t score more points. Tampa Qb Josh Freeman was 28-43 for 259 yds a TD and a INT. Tampa had a shot to tie the game in the 4th, but ended the game on a hook and lateral where the ball was fumbled. After the game Freeman said “You hate to start the season out 0-1, but it’s the first game of the year,” . He is correct, although next week the Bucs have to travel to Minnesota for a game with the Vikes. Road games are tough in the NFL, and starting out 0-2 is no way to begin a quest for the playoffs. Come back at the end of the week for my week 2 preview.
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