TAMPA FL - DECEMBER 19: Cheerleaders of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers perform during the game against the Detroit Lions at Raymond James Stadium on December 19 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to beat the Detroit Lions, but not doing a very good job of it. Despite getting a pick-six courtesy of Aqib Talib and two redzone stops, the Bucs trail the Lions 13-20 after one half. The game was not nearly as close as the score indicates.
The Detroit Lions had a whopping 16 first downs, while the Bucs managed just seven, most of which came on one drive at the end of the half. The Detroit Lions had the ball for a whopping 21:45, while the Bucs managed to hold on to the ball just 8:15. Predictably, this led to a very tired defense, and the Lions managed two touchdown passes in the second quarter. Calvin Johnson and Tony Scheffler caught those.
Matt Stafford, meanwhile, is 18/25 for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Josh Freeman is 10/16 for an underwhelming 98 yards and one interception, which came on a long bomb to Arrelious Benn.
Last year the Bucs managed to play much better in the second half than in the first half. That's exactly what they're going to need to do now. Let's hope the coaches still know how to make halftime adjustments.