NFC Central Buccaneers’ football at its finest.
I have pounded the table over and over, even after the Eagles game, that this defense is playoff caliber. I would go so far as to say top five in the NFC. But that does not mean anything if your offense cannot get you anywhere. I do not blame Baker for the interception, but I do blame him for missing Trey Palmer and other miscues. This game had a lot of shades of the Eagles game, not nearly as bad thankfully, but the Bucs needed to move the ball on offense.
I wrote yesterday Canales needs to pull out his bag of tricks facing Dan Campbell. He needs a new bag. Bad playcalling and really bad execution. That interception would’ve been a touchdown by Mike Evans if it wasn’t tipped. Assuming Evans catches it. But they needed to start attacking the Lions secondary. They repeat the Steelers game of last year in which the team refused to attack the weakness of the opponent. Baker needed to get comfortable and start making some throws.
However, to give the offense some credit, Aiden Hutchinson was neutralized for the most part. Once again, hats off to Luke Goedeke for playing his ass off.
Defensively wasn’t perfect. This team needs to stop giving up third and long. It has been a major issue. But despite the fact that the Lions did look significantly better on offense, their run game looks like Tampa’s. The defensive front played solid if not amazing. But it wasn’t enough against this Lion’s team.
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