Winston completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards. His fumble led to Riddick’s second TD run. Tampa Bay finished with five turnovers, and Winston was sacked three times.
It took two replay reviews for officials to get it right on a play initially ruled an incomplete pass and 15-yard penalty against the Lions for a hit on a defenseless receiver in the first half.
Officials first looked at Winston’s first-quarter completion to Howard, who fumbled after being hit in the shoulder by safety Quandre Diggs at Detroit’s 18-yard line. The Bucs retained possession when the play was ruled an incompletion and that a 15-yard penalty should be assessed from the spot of the previous play.
The Lions then successfully challenged the ruling of an incomplete pass. Following another review, referee Ed Hochuli announced Howard indeed caught the ball and took four steps before being hit, and the Lions were awarded the ball on the fumble recovery. There was no foul for the hit, which was legal.
Coupled with Atlanta’s loss to the Vikings, the Saints (9-3) have a two-game cushion over both the Falcons (7-5) and Panthers (8-4) in the division. The Falcons and Saints do play each other twice in the final four weeks, so the division is not sealed yet.
1. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are NFL’s best 1-2 punch — With no offense to running back tandems in Atlanta, Minnesota or Philadelphia, the Saints have the best duo in the business. Ingram is approaching 1,000 yards on the year and ranks in the top 5 in the NFL. Kamara is looking like the favorite to be named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Both made plays Sunday to beat the Panthers.
2. Drew Brees no longer has to do it all for Saints offense — Brees holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.