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The other side of Week 15 with fans of the Detroit Lions

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This den, is a dark one

John Babiak - Bucs Nation

Of all the fan bases I’ve spied on during Tampa Bay Buccaneers games this season, the Detroit Lions’ might be the darkest of them all.

Understandably, this group of commenters was not very happy coming into the game, having watched their team lose six straight games. And they didn’t get much happier witnessing the franchise’s seventh in this latest stretch of ineptitude.

It was an experience more suited for Halloween than this holiday season, but here we are. And I’m going to share all of it with you. Lucky.

WARNING: POTENTIALLY MOST DEFNITELY NSFW LANGUAGE CONTAINED IN THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS

Fan comments from www.prideofdetroit.com

DO YOU BELIEVE IN KARMA?

If you teach your children about the good list and the naughty list, then you’re basically give them a watered down introduction to karma. If it exists, then there’s a reason Jameis Winston has such good passing numbers. Because he sure does like to give, so it would only make sense the universe would reward him for being so generous.

It only took the Buccaneers quarterback two passing attempts to deliver gifts and joy to the Lions faithful, and they more than happy to receive.

ITS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS

Just because the Lions didn’t appreciate the gift, failing to gain even one first down from the Tampa Bay 44-yard line before punting, doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a gift. And so, in typical karmic chemistry, Winston and the Bucs offense saw their energy returned to them in the form of a 34-yard touchdown connection with wide receiver Breshad Perriman.

IF YOU CAN’T LAUGH AT YOURSELF....

Football is meant to be enjoyed. Even when your favorite team is 3-10-1. So it was nice to see Lions fans laughing off the pain of seeing their team fall behind two touchdowns in the first quarter.

This time, it was Winston to Scotty Miller who returned for the first time in three games after a hamstring injury. Unfortunately, Miller re-aggravated the injury and had to leave the game following his first career touchdown.

LIKE EGG NOG LEFT ON THE COUNTER TOO LONG...

...things started to turn sour in Detroit. Nothing can set off a fan base like two good plays for their defense followed by one really bad one.

After their first sack of the game and a false start penalty on the Buccaneers offense, Winston threw his third touchdown of the game and second to Perriman. Lions fans weren’t laughing this time.

JUST CAN’T MAKE SOME PEOPLE HAPPY

Ever give someone a gift they didn’t like? Some people just can’t be happy with the little things in life. And Lions fans were no different after their team put three points on the scoreboard.

TELEVISION MIMICKING REAL LIFE

Most of the fans in the comments were sharing their thoughts while watching the game on TV. But one fan decided to drop in and share an update from Ford Field, just before David Blough gave his first gift of the afternoon to the Bucs’ defense.

The pass was picked off by safety, Andrew Adams who spent some time with the Lions before returning to Tampa.

THE CIRCLE OF KARMA

After the Buccaneers took a 24-3 lead, the Lions were recipients of the karma Blough had passed on to Adams just one possession earlier.

First, Blough connected with Danny Amendola for a 46-yard gain, and Wes Hills eventually finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run. It was the first score for the undrafted player from Slippery Rock who was playing in his first NFL game.

DID DETROIT FIGURE IT OUT?

On Tampa Bay’s ensuing drive, they punted the ball away and lost star wide receiver Chris Godwin to a hamstring injury. Perhaps the result of Winston refusing to give more gifts than the one he gave in the first quarter?

Meanwhile, Blough and the Lions continued basking in the returns of his first interception, scoring another one-yard touchdown by Hills, set up against by the passing game. This time, it was Kenny Golladay and Chris Lacy getting the ball down near the goal line for their rookie running back.

The touchdown made it 24-17, Tampa Bay, with almost all of the fourth quarter left to play.

BUCS PUNISHED FOR BEING STINGY

With just one interception on the day, Winston was not feeling very giving after the first possession of the game. Perhaps it was the broken thumb, or losing his two best friends on offense. But the fifth year quarterback just seemed a little cranky.

In fact, he didn’t even want to give Detroit the ball when they deserved it, evidenced by his converting a fourth and short with a quarterback sneak. Nobody likes a sneak. Especially this time of year.

The universe punished the franchise for it’s selfishness, and Matt Gay missed a field goal which would have put the Buccaneers back up by two scores.

IT’S NOT A VENDING MACHINE, DAVID

If the Lions figured out their giving nature resulted in some good old fashioned receiving, Blough apparently figured if he gave more then he’d get more. But it’s not like putting in some money and getting a bag of chips. Too much of anything is a bad thing, and Blough learned this, the hard way.

His second gift to the Buccaneers defense was picked off by rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting, and the cornerback didn’t want to wait for Winston to turn it into points. Instead, he took it back 70-yards for his first career touchdown. Giving his team a 31-17 lead in the process.

SILVER BELLS LININGS

It’s the annual swan song of the loser. Bucs fans are all too familiar with the tune. Finding silver linings in a bad season.

STAR WARS!!!!!

If you’re a listener of the Locked On Bucs Podcast (if you’re not I highly recommend it, and only partially because I’m on it...) then you know there have been weekly Star Wars movie reviews predicating each of the Buccaneers’ four wins on this current streak.

Coincidence? Yes. Yes it is. But still, when there was a Star Wars reference, even a vague one, it makes things more fun for everyone. The cartoon helped, too.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As the Buccaneers came away with the 38-17 win, and the Detroit Lions fell for the seventh time since they were 3-3-1, fans of their favorite Motown football team came together to share some parting words.

Specifically, words wishing they can part with their head coach and general manager in the near future.

Broken thumb or not, Winston had a day to remember for the Buccaneers. We’re two more games from the end of the season, and then the focus will be squarely on the return - or not - of Tampa Bay’s quarterback.

The team certainly is playing like one which could challenge for a playoff spot in 2020. Health is a big concern after losing another major piece of the offense in Chris Godwin.

However, the offense has found contributors in Breshad Perriman, and even O.J. Howard has picked up production over the past few games. If it can continue, then there will be a lot of hope built up for what will prove to be an off-season full of hard decisions for Jason Licht, Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.