Scanning the Savanna: What They're Saying About the Detroit Lions' Win

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On a day when Detroit’s offense put up 431 yards, it was the defense that stole the show, shutting  down Tampa Bay in season-opening 27-20 win against the Buccaneers.

1. Matthew Stafford (notes) , QB, Detroit Lions . Having Calvin Johnson (notes) significantly reduces the degree of difficulty for any quarterback, but you still had to feel good for Matthew Stafford today. Unless you happen to be a Bucs fan, of course. And best of all, Stafford left the game at the end of it, upright, uninjured. Tremendous road win for the Lions. Be excited, Lions fans.

Do not be fooled by the scoreboard, where things were prettied up by the end.

Do not be tricked by the final statistics, which urge you to think that maybe this loss wasn’t that bad.

Do not be swindled by the wackiness of the final play, which suggests that the Bucs were closer to victory than they were.

The Detroit Lions mauled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the majority of the ballgame and then held on for dear life as a banged up Josh Freeman tried to rally the Bucs, ultimately succumbing 27-20.

While the week one result wasn’t what Buccaneer fans hoped for, we think we learned a lot about the team.

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