Just chalking this loss up to same-ol-lions is letting then off the hook. There is no excuse for this loss at home. No excuse and no explanation.
Tampa Bay came into Ford Field with just a 2-8 record including a mark of 0-4 on the road. A team many thought had a chance to go winless in 2013.
Tampa was supposed to be an easy win for the Lions.
Instead the Detroit Lions kept the Buccaneers in the game by turning the ball over 5 times and eventually losing in despicable fashion 24-21.
Matthew Stafford, who was the hero just two weeks ago, was the goat this week. Stafford threw 4 interceptions one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Another interception resulted when a Stafford pass slipped through the hands of Calvin Johnson and into the hands of a Tampa defender on the final drive of the game.
It was a crushing loss for the Lions, who after beating Chicago, seemed to have complete control of the NFC North division. The loss to Tampa drops their record to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
The conference record is one of the tie breakers used to determine wild card berths. Currently the Seahawks, Saints, Eagles and Cardinals all possess tie breakers over the Lions.
The Lions will now jump right into preparations for the Thanksgiving day game against the Green Bay Packers. The stakes were already high for clash with Green Bay. They are even higher now for the Lions after losing to a team they should have beaten.