I don't know if these will interest anyone else, but I did some research on how Lovie's teams have handled blowout losses in the past.
First, this seems to have happened a lot to Lovie's teams over his career. There will be clunkers, folks. It just seems to happen.
11 times Lovie's teams suffered a loss of 20 or more points. The good news is the following week, they posted a record of 7-4. So typically, they bounced back. Previous to Thursday Night, Lovie's worst loss in the NFL was a 45-10 loss in 2009 to the Cincinnati Bengals. The next week, the Bears bounced back and pounded their oppenent, Cleveland, 30-6.
2009 was a particularly bad year for the Bears, where they suffered not one, not two but four losses of 20 or more. They were 3-1 following those losses.
This isn't to suggest the Bucs will beat Pittsburgh this week, but I will say that only once in 11 attempts were the Bears blown out again following the previous blowout loss.
|2006||@ Minnesota Vikings||10||34||Lost the next week 29-21|
|2007||Dallas Cowboys||10||34||Lost the next week 37-27|
|2008||@ Green Bay Packers||3||37||Won the next week 27-3|
|2008||@ Minnesota Vikings||14||34||Won the next week 23-10|
|2009||@ Cincinnati Bengals||10||45||Won the next week 30-6|
|2009||Arizona Cardinals||21||41||Lost the next week 19-10|
|2009||@ Minnesota Vikings||10||36||Won the next week 17-9|
|2009||@ Baltimore Ravens||7||31||Won the next week 36-30|
|2010||New England Patriots||7||36||Won the next week 40-14|
|2011||Seattle Seahawks||14||38||Lost the next week 35-21|
|2012||@ San Francisco 49ers||7||32||Won the next week 28-10|
While researching this, I saw some other interesting anomalies. The Bucs are currently on a 3 game losing streak under Lovie (we're not counting the 3 game losing streak to end the season by Schiano, so in a sense the Bucs are on a six game skid, by I digress).
Lovie has had losing streaks of three or more games six times in his NFL career. His teams have never made the playoffs in seasons where he had a losing streak of 3 or more games. The best finish was Lovie's final year in Chicago where the team finished 10-6. The worst was his first year, where they finished 5-11.
|Year||Losing Streak Length||Final Record|
|2004||two four game losing streaks||5-11|
|2007||3 game losing streak||7-9|
|2009||4 game losing streak||7-9|
|2011||5 game losing streak||8-8|
|2012||3 game losing streak||10-6|