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November 25, 2013 @ 12:12 pm
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Most Impressive And Disappointing List: Bucs vs. Lions

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Tampa Bay made it three in a row on Sunday with their exciting 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions. Many were calling for the Bucs to beat an opponent with a winning record and win on the road and Tampa Bay was able to accomplish both in Detroit. Who were the most impressive and disappointing on Sunday?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it three in a row on Sunday with their exciting 24-21 win over the Detroit Lions. Many were waiting to see if the Bucs could beat an opponent with a winning record and win on the road, and Tampa Bay was able to accomplish both in Detroit.

Below are the players who stood out and a handful that didn't play their best on Sunday.


CB Leonard Johnson
Johnson was a pleasant surprise in 2012, coming in as an undrafted free agent and being pressed in starting duty. But so far in 2013, the Clearwater native has struggled to make any splash plays for the Bucs. That was until Sunday in Detroit.

Johnson’s interception return for a touchdown late in the first half was a huge momentum-turner as the Lions, who had pulled ahead of the Buccaneers, were driving and prepared to add to their lead just before the half ended. But Johnson did his best Ronde Barber impression, dropping into coverage (and out of Matthew Stafford’s sight) before making a great jump on a lazily thrown pass. Johnson made the acrobatic pick then avoided Stafford on his way to the end zone and put the 
Bucs up, 17-14, before halftime.

Another superlative play came later when on a third down, the small-in-stature Johnson made a physical tackle to prevent a first down on wide receiver Nate Burleson right at the first down marker, to force a fourth down.

Johnson finished the afternoon with seven tackles, two pass breakups and the interception.

WR Tiquan Underwood
And to think that at one point this season, Underwood was watching football games on his couch while Kevin Ogletree was in the starting lineup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That seems like light years ago as Ogletree, who now plays for the Lions, failed to record a catch and Underwood was the Bucs' leading receiver on Sunday.

The Buccaneers took a lead in the second quarter on a Mike Glennon-to-Underwood connection. Underwood was mugged in the end zone by Rashean Mathis but was able to break free from the defender and cut back across the goal line and haul in Glennon’s pass.

But Underwood saved his best for later, hauling in a 85-yard TD pass from Glennon. Underwood got behind his coverage and never broke stride on the bomb from Glennon, then, without slowing down, threw a stiff arm behind him to brush off the would-be tackler.

Underwood finished the games with three receptions for a career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who was deemed not good enough to beat out Ogletree for a roster spot in August.

DE Adrian Clayborn
Maybe it’s the dreads that you see flying behind him like a superhero’s cape, or maybe it is the high-revved motor he possesses, but whatever the reason is, you tend to see No. 94 around the football on nearly every single snap.

Clayborn picked up a sack on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, but also was a monster against the run. Clayborn had five tackles, three of them behind the line of scrimmage, and numerous pressure that helped take Stafford off of his mark, creating errant throws and interceptions.

LB Lavonte David
If David doesn’t make the Pro Bowl this year, they should just ban the game altogether, as it would have no credibility. David is easily one of the Top 5 linebackers in the NFL. Yes, he is that good.

Once again, the Nebraska product was all over the field on Sunday, starting with an interception and then later forcing a fumble, which was his first in the NFL. David finished as the leading tackler on either side of the ball with 12 on the afternoon, and just for fun, he added a pass breakup.

TE Tim Wright
Wright, the afterthought once camp broke in late August, continues to prove that Greg Schiano and his staff are a pretty good judge of talent. Converted from a wide receiver to a tight end, Wright has firmly established himself as the pass-catching threat the Buccaneers were looking for since the team decided to part ways with last season’s starter Dallas Clark.

Wright had a great overall game finishing with a career-high eight receptions for 75 yards. Wright had a number of important catches, including a diving grab of a Glennon third-down pass in the first quarter that kept the chains moving.

QB Mike Glennon
This game was a huge test for Tampa Bay’s rookie signal-caller. On the road, against an excellent front seven and against a team leading its division, most felt the game versus the Lions would give everyone a true indication where Glennon was in his development. Glennon delivered big time for the Buccaneers, posting a Bucs’ rookie record 138.4 QB rating after tossing two touchdowns and throwing 247 yards – but just as importantly, zero turnovers.

Honorable Mention: KR Eric Page, CB Johnthan Banks, CB Danny Gorrer, S Kelcie McCray, S Keith Tandy, DT Gerald McCoy

G Jamon Meredith
Meredith has been a difference maker since being inserted in the lineup last month prior to the game against Seattle, but on Sunday had a difficult time trying to block in the run and the pass game. The Lions front four may be as talented as any group in the NFC, and on Sunday dominated for a good part of the game and Meredith in particular struggled all day.

Meredith was slow pulling on a number of plays, allowing penetration that blew up a number of running plays before they were even able to get started. Meredith also has two costly penalties on the afternoon, one that nullified Bobby Rainey’s longest run of the afternoon.

In fairness to Meredith he was banged up last week and was on the injury report all week with an ankle issue.

K Rian Lindell
After a shaky start to the season Lindell had settled into a ice spell of consistency but on Sunday against the Lions, Lindell left six points on the field, and the two missed field goals almost cost the Buccaneers a win.

You wont find a more comfortable environment or perfect surface to kick off that that inside the dome at Ford Field which makes the misses even more concerning. In a season where everyone’s jobs are on the line, missing 35-yard field goals could be enough to cost Lindell his.

S Mark Barron
Barron was not very Barron-like on Sunday, and while he was solid in run support, the second-year safety had two terrible penalties that were almost difference makers.

Barron committed two defensive pass interference infractions on Sunday, both coming on third down and both extending drives for Detroit. Barron was flagged for both penalties in the second half after getting nicked up with an undisclosed injury, according to both Barron and Schiano.

Fortunately, Barron’s secondary teammates were able to bail out Tampa Bay’s former first-round pick, coming up with four huge interceptions, including the game-clinching one by Johnthan Banks with less than a minute left.

T Donald Penn
After an uncharacteristic poor start to the season by Penn, the Bucs' starting left tackle had recently settled in and was playing at a Pro Bowl level. However on Sunday, Penn was beaten for two sacks by rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah. Ansah was coming off an injury, but looked every bit the freakish athlete that many predicted could be the next Jason Pierre-Paul prior to this year’s NFL Draft.

Dishonorable Mention: G Davin Joseph, RB Bobby Rainey

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    I know LJ had the big score, but he also gave up a short TD pass to Burleson on some of the worst coverage I've seen in the endzone. Now, perhaps Johnson was in some type of zone coverage (I don't think so), but he lined up way outside of the WR, giving him an easy pitch & catch to the inside for a score. Not sure if he is coached this way or not, but I saw similar from him in other games - most notably in the MIA game, where he constantly lined up off center from a wideout, thus, giving them very easy completions (and TD's, for that matter). No idea what cover schemes they are playing, but on the surface, it makes the game way too easy for the offence to attack.
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    Now thats a good reason to keep Olgetree, he plays special teams. I thought he was a WR that can't catch the ball. It must have been that our WR coach liked him at Dallas playing spacial teams.
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    R. Lindell is a bad kicker, plain and simple. He wasn't even growing on me when he was making his kicks prior to Sunday. Should've went with the rookie.
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    I mean he played for the bills for Christ's sakes...
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    Talib was sth. like middle into his suspension and Shiano´s Buddycheat was pretty desperate to somehow fix their ugly run, to get into the playoffs (Bucs could have milked them, again, Talib was a 1st rounder and good talent..nothing beats that, heck, even Michael Vick, after his "Life-long NFL banning" suddenly plays again?! yet alone, the NFL drug contoling is laughable, if they took it serious, there would be much more players getting busted(realy trust me, it´s only pro NFL media stuff who think that it´s good. with that, i want to say, that the drug abusing, whatever kind, shouldn´t take away too much when considering the playes talent - in this case - it would be sth. else if lets say Lindell would abuse sth.)c´mon, Talib was never ever just 4th rounder worth) - but maybe we just disagree there.. well, i can´t understand this..
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    Seriously Louden? Talib was given a clean slate and Schiano did a lot of work with him. He took him to work with underprivileged and disadvantaged people and the two seemed to be working great together. Then Talib FAILED a drug test. He claimed Adderral, maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. The player can say anything it was anything they want because the team isn't allowed to respond. Talib is a heckuva a corner and was given a clean slate but he blew it as a Buc.
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    so basically (after clean slate): one failed drug test, therefore traded.. there would be a lot of players changing teams for that matter..(although i understand Talib situation was trickier - still, the value of the trade...)
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    Can someone give me a valid explanation of that - the sense about it?: Imagine the Aquib Talib and Revis trades (how we basically wanted to "improve" on CB posi) were one trade with one trading partner: It would say: Talib + 7th Rder; 1st Rder + (very likely) 3rd Rder - in exchange for - Revis.. and the patriots 4th rounder.. Talib got a very very last change by Shiano as he arrived a "clean sleat" and according to Shiano, he has done "everything he has asked for and more" and showed great behaviour and so on.. Talib had/has good talent, was a former 1st rounder and still had, at the very very least (and it still would have been very bad value) he was worth a 3rd rounder.. Still, the Bucs, with their great trade planning sent .. yeah you read it and know it.. so please, can someone explain to me, how exactly we improved the CB posi at that time (i know we had Wright at that time.. but he also was way overpaid.. so any angle you like to take on it, it´s no normal mind comes up with such an idea). to make things even more obvious: The Blount trade.. I know, Blount is everything but what our coach likes in a player, still i think he was more worth.. But yeah, it´s not about imoving this team (someone said it once: It seems like the Bucs take one step in the right direction and then 2-3 back.. and it´s on purpose.. its just too obvious..) to make things even better: Everyone knew about Revis health status.. yet to talk about the No 16.. a year.. for a bad knee CB.. who is up in age.. won´t be long in the league anymore and additional costed a 1st and 3rd (and you realy got to consider the Talib trade also.. it´s just unbelievable stupid OR on purpose.. choose yourself)
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    Could someone translate this babbling diatribe into English?
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    @ stratobuc: i am sorry, english is not my first language, but i guess you can undestand the message and that is, what communication is all about, just to transport info. I am pretty sure, that if you want to, you can understand ;-) call it diatribe if you want to, i say it is just wanting to let you know.. (i first thought diatribe is a word for BS in text form - before looking up). by the way: What do you guys think of E.Snowden?
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    Ogletree played special teams, Eric page played special teams, Chris Owusu, plays specialteams. Are you catching on yet as to why?
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    To say that Schiano and staff are a good judge of talent because of Wright, what happened with keeping Olgetree over Underwood? Wright is just a average TE as a receiver with no blocking skills.
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    Mark, I heard that Meredith's injury is a very bad ankle sprain.
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