Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions: Full Report Card for the Lions

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions: Full Report Card for the Lions
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The Detroit Lions hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. In one of the more aggravating games in recent memory, the Buccaneers prevailed 24-21. 

With the loss, Detroit falls to 6-5. It was the second loss in a row to a team with a losing record, squandering a chance to bolster the lead in the NFC North. 

The Lions now have a short week to prepare for a Thanksgiving visit from the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are now 5-5-1 after tying with the last-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, rallying from a deficit behind backup quarterback Matt Flynn

Despite losing, several Lions did play well. Unfortunately, several prominent members of the Honolulu blue did not. 

A quick note on the grading criteria: 

These are based on my initial viewing and notes from the game. The grades are subjectively based on actual versus expected performance for the player. Big plays weigh heavily, and those include touchdowns, penalties, sacks, turnovers and major mistakes. 

Here are my grades for the Lions.

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