Tampa Bay Buccaneers running up the score on the Detroit Lions was bush league
Free Press sports writer Carlos Monarrez answers three questions after the Detroit Lions lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (47-7) on Saturday at Ford Field:
Should the NFL postpone this game to Sunday?
Without doubt. For the record, I think all of these Same Old Lions and Detroit Always Picked up conversations are a weak, convenient excuse and show off a victim's mentality. The NFL didn't do it for the Lions. But forcing her to play a game without five coaches, including the head coach and a coordinator, was borderline sadistic and tasted like cold corporate greed. It was embarrassing and made it worse because it was the only game to be televised nationwide. I'm sure the NFL saw this more as a broadcast of the Buccaneers securing a playoff spot in Tom Brady's 300th game. The real target of the national audience, however, was how bad the Lions looked and that they appeared to be a poorly run franchise in ruins. The NFL should have put the pride of one of its oldest franchises ahead of program and sponsorship concerns and granted its request to postpone the game for a day.
[Tom Brady just did something against the Lions that no other QB did]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) celebrate a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in the first half of Saturday, December 26, 2020.
Did the bucs get the score?
Yes. I understand the Bucs could only do so much as the Lions were extremely understaffed, especially when Matthew Stafford was eliminated after the first series with an ankle injury. And yes, the Bucs pulled Brady 34-0 at halftime. But then Blaine Gabbert walked in and went deep by. On his first game, they tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski - and why was Gronk still in the game? - for a 40-0 lead. Then he tossed Mike Evans a 22-yard TD pass for a 47-7 lead. About 10 minutes before the end, Gabbert dropped a 40 yard bomb that was incomplete. Gabbert even completed a 10-yard pass for Antonio Brown in the penultimate game. I can understand how to throw in third place or even when you are deep in your own territory. But deep throws for TDs? Late bombs down first? Come on man And why was Evans so late in the game? Sure, the Bucs are trying to prepare for the playoffs, but that was Bush League.
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What should Lions do for their final game next week?
Don't win at first. The Lions started day 11 on draft and dropped to 5-10 after losing. After Sunday, they will certainly rise at least a little in the draft order. Every point counts as the team heads for a house cleaning that should include drawing a quarterback with his first choice. Let's see what the young guns have. Let's check out Hunter Bryant, offensive lineman Logan Stenberg, and receiver Quintez Cephus, among others. It's trial period. So let the teens gain valuable gaming experience and give the new general manager and coach as much feature film as possible so they can make a better assessment as they look to the future.
Contact Carlos Monarrez at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Tampa Bay Bucs, which got the Detroit Lions score, was Bush League
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