Three Takeaways from the Detroit Lions victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, keeping their playoff hopes alive at 7-6.

1. This game should’ve not been as close as it was

After forcing five turnovers in this game (two INT’s, three fumbles), the Lions should’ve beaten this team by more than just three points. Any other team in the league would’ve taken full advantage of all of those turnovers and would’ve beaten that team by a lot. Unfortunately, because this is the Lions, they had to keep the game close. So close to the point that they had a chance to possibly lose this game. In all honesty, if the Lions would’ve lost this game, I would’ve expected Jim Caldwell to be fired the next day. But, since they won, the story will be different.

2. Eric Ebron looks better each week

After Eric Ebron struggled mightily in the beginning of the season, he is finally starting to look the tight end the Lions had hoped for when they drafted him in the 1st round a few years ago. He had 10 catches for 94 yards and only had one drop in the game. Now, he did have a costly fumble early in the game, but Ebron was able to bounce back and catch basically everything thrown his way. This will be interesting to see what Bob Quinn decides to do with Ebron considering his contract is coming up. Ebron is making a case to keep a spot on the roster, but then again, fans probably wouldn’t be too upset if he left either.

3. The secondary for the Lions are why they are still relevant

The Lions secondary had a field day against Jameis Winston. Not only did they intercept him twice, but the secondary had a few fumble recoveries as well as a few sacks! If it wasn’t for the play of the secondary in this game, the Lions would’ve lost. Glover Quin is really making his case to be a Pro Bowl candidate as he led the team in tackles with nine and he forced a fumble in this game (3rd on the year).

The Lions need to win out in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Not every win has to be pretty because this one was a ugly win. The Lions have another winnable game against the Bears at home next week and if they win that, they will be 4-1 in divisional play and one step closer to make a improbable playoff appearance, possible.