Week 15 Recap: Bucs @ Lions


Tampa Bay gets its fourth win in a row by beating the Lions in Detroit. Jameis Winston impresses, has another game for the ages. The Buccaneers now have an even record at 7-7 and drop the Lions to 3-10-1.

Winston Shines, Makes Case For Long-Term Contract

Jameis Winston started the game off in his typical fashion. He threw an interception on the very first drive. Yet, one thing that makes him so great is his ability to shake off mistakes. He bounced back beautifully by not making another mistake in the entire game.

Winston can now find himself in the NFL record books as the first player ever to pass for more than 450 yards in back to back games. He finished the afternoon with a whopping 458 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.

Beyond that, he achieved those incredible numbers without his top receiver Mike Evans. Even Chris Godwin was not available to Winston for almost the entire second half.

After his recent performances, the Glazers and Bruce Arians should highly consider offering Winston a long-term deal.

Breshad Perriman Steps up

With Evans sidelined, it was Perriman’s job to step in for the elite wideout. He did not disappoint. He had a career day, catching five passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

After a terrible start with the Bucs, it is nice to see Perriman have success. He has been playing better and better and seems to have found a way to seize his opportunity with so many injuries to Bucs receivers.

Defense Impressive Again

As far as the defense is concerned, Bucs fans have witnessed yet again another solid performance. The Bucs held quarterback David Blough to only two passing yards in the first quarter.

Furthermore, the Bucs were able to create three turnovers. Blough had two interceptions, one by Andrew Adams and one by Sean Murphy-Bunting. Additionally, Lavonte David forced a fumble, it was recovered by Devin White to seal the game.

Another Solid Victory, Arians’ System Starting to work?

All-in-all, the Bucs played well on both sides of the ball, again. Other than the abysmal running game, Tampa Bay was firing on all cylinders.

Is this the result of Arians’ gameplan finally coming together or just a coincidence because of the bad teams the Bucs have been facing? No one knows. The final two games and hopefully the entire next season will provide the answer to that question.