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By Tom Krasniqi
For the first 8 games, the Buccaneers couldn’t get out of their own way. Players were grumbling. The coaching staff came under intense scrutiny.
Now, the Bucs are surging. Three straight wins and counting after Sunday’s 24-21 win at Detroit. The players are having fun again. The fans are jumping back on the band wagon. Head coach Greg Schiano’s job appears to be safe for now. What a difference three wins a row can make.
“As we move forward, I think there’s a foundation here. We got to keep going,” said Schiano during his Monday press conference. “We have to take advantage of some momentum right now because we’re going to face a team [Carolina] that has tremendous momentum.”
The beauty of Sunday’s win at Detroit is that some lesser known players stepped up--- namely defensive backs Kelcie McCray and Danny Gorrer--- after Darrelle Revis went down with an injury and Dashon Goldson serving his 1-game suspension.
“You never would’ve known that we had a Darrelle Revis by how our secondary played,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said on Monday regarding McCray and Gorrer. “It wasn’t that much of a drop-off if there was a drop-off at all. They all stepped up and made some big plays for us.”
With the running game slow to get going and wideout Vincent Jackson getting most of the attention from the Lions defense, the Bucs got big contributions from receiver Tiquan Underwood and tight end Tim Wright. Underwood had his best game as a pro with three receptions for 108 yards and two scores, including an 85-yard bomb from rookie quarterback Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter. Wright owned the middle of the field with 8 receptions for 75 tough yards.
“I thought overall, the guys played a tremendous team football game,” Schiano said. “Playing off each other, all three phases.”
So, how did it get to this point? How does a team start 0-8 and make such a quick turnaround?
“Don’t listen to the naysayers and stay away from the ‘dream killers”, I like to call it,” McCoy opined. “People who tell you ‘you can’t do it’ or ‘you don’t have it’ or ‘this team isn’t this’ or ‘this team isn’t that’…..that’s all from the outside looking in. [The team] inside of those four walls, we’ve never stopped believing and we haven’t stopped believing.”
Are you a believer yet? All of a sudden, the Bucs are on a winning streak heading into Sunday’s game at Carolina. Who would’ve guessed it? Not many outside of One Buc Place.
News & Notes:
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Buccaneers opened their locker room following their film session Monday. Click below to hear what the players and coaches had to say.
Head coach Greg Schiano
Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood
Safety Kelcie McCray
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy
By Dory LeBlanc
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their third straight contest, beating the Lions 24-21 in Detroit Sunday after racking up five turnovers (4 INTs, 1 FF). The Bucs move to 3-8 on the year and will head back to Tampa, briefly, before hitting the road against the Carolina Panthers next week.
Listen to Coach Schiano's post-game press conference
Listen to quarterback Mike Glennon's postgame press conference
Check out the post-game audio, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network:
Greg Schiano with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Mike Glennon with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Johnthan Banks with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Leonard Johnson with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Kelcie McCray with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Tiquan Underwood with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Danny Gorrer with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
Adrian Clayborn with TJ Rives - Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Radio Network
It’s a shame it took the Bucs this long. Better late than never. The Bucs picked off Matthew Stafford four times as they upset the Lions 24-21 at Ford Field. Tampa Bay has now won three straight to improve to 3-8 on the season. Lions fall to 6-5.
On their second possession of the game, the Lions marched into Bucs territory thanks to a 42-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross. The Bucs defense came up with a big play when LaVonte David picked off Stafford off a deflection to turn away the Lions. The Bucs were able to drive into Detroit territory, converting on three separate 3rd down situations. The drive culminated with a 38-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to give the Bucs a 3-0 lead after one quarter.
Lions responded in the second quarter when Stafford found Nate Burleson on a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 7-3 lead. The Bucs responded with an 80-yard drive that ended with a Mike Glennon 7-yard touchdown pass to Tiquan Underwood to give Tampa Bay a 10-7 lead. Lions came back on a Stafford 10-yard TD pass to tight end Joseph Fauria to make it 14-10 Detroit. The Lions were driving for another score before the half when Leonard Johnson picked off Stafford and took it back 48 yards for a score to make it 17-14 Bucs at the half.
Darrelle Revis injured his groin in the first half and did not return. Calvin Johnson had 4 catches for 61 yards in the first half and finished with 115 yards on the day.
The Lions took the lead early in the third quarter when Stafford found Brandon Pettigrew for an 8-yard TD pass to give Detroit a 21-17 lead. The Bucs picked off Stafford for the 3rd time when Keith Tandy got him at the goal line.
The Bucs regained the lead early in the 4th on Glennon’s 85-yard TD pass to Underwood to make it 24-21 Tampa Bay. A few moments later, the Bucs blocked a punt when Danny Gorrer stormed in for the block to set up Tampa Bay at the Lions 11. But the Bucs couldn’t take advantage because Lindell missed a 35-yard field goal. Later, Gorrer forced a Durham fumble with less than 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Kelcie McCray returned it to the Detroit 37. Bucs iced the game late on a Johnthan Banks interception after McCray hit Megatron. The Bucs are back from the dead and they also get their first win on the road.
News & Notes:
Bucs inactives: LB Mason Foster, LG Carl Nicks, FS Dashon Goldson, G Patrick Omameh, DE Steven Means, RB Lonnie Pryor and DT Gary Gibson.
Adam Hayward is starting at MLB for Foster, who's out with a concussion. Keith Tandy gets the call at free safety today for the suspended Goldson.
Lions inactives: CB Jonte Green, G Leroy Harris, T Corey Hilliard, DE Austen Lane, RB Mikel Leshoure, QB Kellen Moore, WR Michael Spurlock