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Week 15 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Detroit Lions 17

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Injuries were the story of the day as Tampa Bay lost two more receivers to hamstring pulls. Breshad Perriman showed us his best Mike Evans impression as he and Jameis Winston hooked up for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Godwin posted another big day before leaving the game with a hamstring injury midway through the 3rd quarter. Receiver Scotty Miller returned and looked sharp with three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown before leaving late in the 1st quarter with a hamstring injury. Evans, Godwin, and Miller are all currently nursing hamstring injuries. Tampa Bay's running game remains nonexistent. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting returned an interception for a touchdown midway the 4th quarter to help put the game on ice.

Detroit Lions

Backup Quarterback David Blough struggled against Tampa Bay on Sunday in a home loss. Blough was inaccurate and held back by poor arm strength which put a cap on Kenny Golladay’s production. Wes Hills started for the Lions and struggled running on the interior, but managed to score two goal-line touchdowns. Danny Amendola had a strong game, including a deep reception, but Kenny Golladay was held back by Blough’s inaccuracy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Jameis Winston, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 42 - 458 - 4 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0
Winston posted perhaps his most brilliant performance of the season despite starting the game without Mike Evans and losing first Scotty Miller and then Chris Godwin to injury. He hooked up with Breshad Perriman for three touchdowns, and Miller for one more. Winston tossed another opening-drive interception this week, but at least warmed up with a couple of completions to his own receivers(Jones and Miller) before hitting a Detroit linebacker sitting in coverage while looking for Ronald Jones on a stick route out of the backfield. Winston found Perriman for an 34 yard touchdown on a deep post route after the receiver roasted his defender on the route in the 1st quarter. Scotty Miller was the recipient of Winston's next touchdown throw, a deep corner route that saw the speedy receiver burn everyone on the defense. Winston found Breshad Perriman for a second touchdown in the 2nd quarter after extending the play with some nifty footwork in the pocket. Perriman worked his way open on a crossing route as Winston scrambled. Winston and Perriman hooked up one final time late in the 4th quarter. On 3rd and 4 from the Detroit 25, Perriman lined up in the slot in a bunch formation and beat his defender to the back of the end zone, where Winston floated a perfect pass for the pair's final score of the day.

RB Ronald Jones, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 23 - 0, Rec: 1 - 26 - 0 (3 targets)
Jones started the day off with a nice 26 yard gain on an out route out of the backfield on his first touch, but picked up only 23 yards rushing for the rest of the day on 11 carries. He could not reel in either of his other targets in the passing game.

RB Peyton Barber, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 17 - 0, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (2 targets)
Barber and Jones were pretty even with their touches, and both were equally ineffective. Barber had two late receptions to help extend a clock-killing 4th quarter drive-9 yards on a checkdown pass from Winston, then another 14 yards on a halfback screen two plays later. He totaled just 17 yard on his 10 carries.

RB Dare Ogunbowale, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets)
Ogunbowale had a slow week doing his usual sporadic work on passing downs. He lined up as a receiver and caught an out route for a 13 yard gain in the 2nd quarter and logged one carry at the end of the first half. He also returned kicks.

WR Breshad Perriman, 67 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 3 - 0, Rec: 5 - 113 - 3 (6 targets)
Perriman worked as the number two receiver behind Godwin, catching two of his touchdowns before Godwin left with injury in the 3rd quarter and one after. He started his day out with a 22 yard gain on a deep crossing route in the 1st quarter. Perriman split out wide left and scorched his defender for a 34 yard touchdown on a deep post route later in the 1st quarter. Winston found him for a second touchdown midway through the second quarter after Perriman worked his way open on a crossing route while Winston bought time with his feet. Perriman had a step on his defender for a big gain down the right sideline in the 3rd quarter, but Winston overthrew him. Late in the 4th quarter on 3rd and 4, Perriman lined up in the slot in a bunch formation and burned his defender again, catching a third touchdown pass in the back of the end zone for another 25 yard score. The three touchdowns match a season high for Perriman, who should be the number one option for Tampa Bay the next couple of weeks with Justin Watson working as the number two.

WR Chris Godwin, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 121 - 0 (7 targets)
Godwin posted another game of 100+ yards before leaving in the second half with an injury. He lined up in a tight bunch formation and got open on a deep out route in the 1st quarter, turning up the sideline for a 51 yard gain. He stiff-armed a tackler to the ground on a 20 yard catch and run from the slot in the 2nd quarter. Godwin got loose up the left sideline for a 38 yard gain from Winston in the 3rd quarter. Later in the 3rd, Godwin pulled up lame with a non-contact injury and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game with a hamstring pull.

WR Scott Miller, 11 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 49 - 1 (3 targets)
Miller looked sharp before re-injuring his hamstring. He caught a bubble screen and ripped off a 15 yard gain that negated by a block in the back penalty early in the 1st. He grabbed an out route for an 11 yard gain later in the 1st. He lined up in the left slot and took the top off the defense for a 33 yard touchdown on a deep corner route. Miller left at the end of the 1st quarter after aggravating his hamstring.

WR Justin Watson, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (2 targets)
Watson showed us a low floor this week as he drew a disappointing target total despite Mike Evans missing the game and Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller exiting with injures. Watson took a backset to Breshad Perriman, who was able to consistently burn the Detroit defense with his speed. Watson lined up in the slot and picked up a five yard gain on a curl route in the 1st quarter. He picked up one more 12 yard gain on a curl route to help extend a late drive and run out the clock in the 4th.

TE O.J. Howard, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 0 (8 targets)
Howard drew a team-high 8 targets, getting some extra looks with Mike Evans out with injury while Godwin and Miller left during the game. Howard got open on a deep corner route for a 25 yard gain in the 1st quarter. Winston hit Howard for a pair of consecutive gains on short routes during the two minute drill at the end of the 1st half. Howard was not targeted in the end zone this week.

TE Cameron Brate, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (7 targets)
Brate tight for second on the team with seven targets, but couldn't find the end zone this week. He grabbed an out route on in the 1st quarter for a 9 yard gain. He made a tough catch in traffic while taking a shot on a crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Brate's longest catch went for 16 yards up the right sideline in the 4th quarter.

TE Tanner Hudson, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)
Hudson mixed into the tight end rotation and looked a lot like Cameron Brate on a 14 yard catch up the seam in the 4th quarter, his only target.

Detroit Lions

QB David Blough, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 43 - 260 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 5 - 19 - 0
David Blough struggled against the Tampa Bay defense in a loss on Sunday. Blough was bad early, missing throws and struggling with decision-making. Blough was hurt by a couple of drops, but his poor performance was a result of poor arm strength and bad throws. Blough was intercepted twice, including a throw late over the middle that sailed because he threw off his back foot, and an out route where he stared down his receiver for a pick-6. He had a shot for a touchdown on a long throw to Danny Amendola who was tackled inside the 5-yard line, and another throw on the same drive where Amenolda was tackled just short of the end zone. Blough will get a tough matchup against the Broncos and should be nowhere near lineups.

RB Wes Hills, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 21 - 2, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (2 targets)
Wes Hills drew the start with Bo Scarbrough missing week 15 with an injury. Hills was ineffective most of the game with Detroit unable to establish an offensive rhythm behind a poor performance by David Blough. Hills had three goal-line carries and was able to convert two of them for touchdowns. Hills had little other running success but caught both of his targets for only one yard. Hills faces Denver next week, but week one starter Kerryon Johnson is eligible to return from injured reserve for the game.

WR Danny Amendola, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 102 - 0 (13 targets)
Danny Amendola had one of his best games of the season against Tampa Bay with Marvin Jones missing the game with an injury. Detroit’s offense started poorly with David Blough struggling, but Amendola came on strong from the late second quarter on. Amendola caught two passes on a late second-quarter drive, before striking deep in the second half with a highlight catch in contested double coverage where he drew defensive pass interference. The catch set the Lions up at the goal line where he caught another pass that was stopped just short of the goal line. He added a couple of catches later in the game that occurred when the game was out of hand. Despite the near misses for touchdown chances and the poor play by Blough, Amendola had a good game and will look to keep it going next week at Denver.

WR Kenny Golladay, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 44 - 0 (7 targets)
Kenny Golladay had a down performance against the Packers on Sunday, a result of poor play from backup quarterback David Blough. Golladay was held without a catch in the first half, and Blough missed multiple throws to Golladay. Golladay was involved in the second half to salvage his fantasy day, as he caught a ball across the middle and had an excellent catch along the sideline for a third down conversion. Golladay’s long catch was a deep out route late in the third quarter. He did draw a target that was out of bounds near the goal line and a late desperation target that was broken up that could have helped his day. Golladay will get a matchup with Denver next week but will be tough to trust with Blough at quarterback.