Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
November, 24, 2013
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
DETROIT -- A few thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24-21 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
What it means: The winning streak continues. It’s at three games, and this one was the most impressive. The Bucs won on the road for the first time this season. A team that seemed to have everything go wrong early in the season, finally got some breaks and took advantage of them. The Bucs had four interceptions, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. The win also could continue to push coach Greg Schiano off the hot seat.
Play of the day: Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood with an 85-yard touchdown pass with 14:05 remaining to give the Bucs a 24-21 lead.
Breaking the rules: There’s a rule that you don’t catch a punt if it’s inside your own 10-yard line. Tampa Bay’s Eric Page violated that rule late in the third quarter. He caught a punt that seemed destined to be a touchback at the 3-yard line, returning it to the 5. Glennon and Underwood came through with their TD connection to get Page off the hot seat.
Almost the goat: Kicker Rian Lindell missed two field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter that could have given the Bucs a bigger cushion.
Revis sidelined: The much-anticipated matchup between Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis and Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson didn’t live up to its billing. Revis didn’t play in the second half after suffering a groin injury.
What’s next: The Buccaneers play at Carolina next Sunday.