I liked what the Lions' offensive line did in this game, except for two things.
For the most part, the Lions kept their noses clean. They were flagged eight times for 68 yards, but it didn't feel like it. Those penalties didn't really affect the flow of the game.
With under 80 seconds left and the Lions up by a touchdown, Detroit ran the ball on third down. It was a vanilla play call, a little too safe. But worst case scenario, they get stopped, run some more clock and give the ball back to the Bucs with about 35 seconds left in the game, no timeouts, and the whole field to go.
No, wait. Check that. The worst case scenario is Gosder Cherilus loses his everloving mind, shoves a defenseless Bucs player down five seconds after the play is over, and gives the Bucs 15 yards and a free timeout.
This is the kind of stuff people get benched over. When the Lions were a 10-loss team, you could chalk it up too them being overly aggressive and chippy (if you were an eternal optimist).
Now that the Lions are a team expected to win games, that is an inexcusably-bad penalty. Cherilus opened the door and gave life back to the Bucs, who should have lost handily (this goes back to closing out games, also).
And while Cherilus was responsible for the most egregious transgression, he wasn't the only one. Earlier in the game, Stephen Peterman launched himself at a defender after a play was over, putting the Lions in a bad situation.
You won't hear about that one, because Matthew Stafford turned second-and-forever into a fourth-down touchdown pass.
I get that the Lions are aggressive, but now it's time to focus and win games. Knocking people down for no reason several seconds after the whistle isn't aggressive, it's stupid, and it will lose this team games if they don't rein it in right now.