Two late misses by Lindell kept Lions close
DETROIT -- Just a week after ending a run of 13 successful field-goal attempts, Bucs kicker Rian Lindell struggled again Sunday, missing two kicks in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-21 win at the Lions.
Lindell, who hadn't missed over a span of six-plus games before last week, barely missed on a 35-yard attempt midway through the fourth quarter. The kick was close enough to the left upright that Bucs coach Greg Schiano threw a red flag on the field to challenge the officials' ruling, only to be reminded that such a play is not reviewable.
On the Bucs' next possession, quarterback Mike Glennon was sacked for an 8-yard loss on third down, and with less than four minutes remaining and a three-point lead, Schiano had the confidence to send in Lindell for a 50-yard attempt, which would have matched his longest kick over the last three seasons.
Lindell's kick was long enough, but again just barely missed wide left, setting up Detroit at the Bucs' 40-yard line, needing perhaps little more than 25 yards for a tying field goal. Detroit would drive to the Tampa Bay 26, but the drive was thwarted when Kelcie McCray knocked the ball loose from receiver Calvin Johnson and Johnthan Banks grabbed the loose ball for a clinching interception.
Lindell, signed by the Bucs after he was cut by Buffalo in preseason, made 13 of his first 15 field-goal attempts with the team, but he's just 3-for-6 in the last two games, with two of his misses coming on kicks of 50 yards or longer.