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By Dory LeBlanc
The biggest key for the Bucs to walk away with a win Sunday was to exploit the Bills' porous run defense, while keeping Mike Glennon protected from Buffalo's vaunted pash rush, which leads the league in sacks. The Bucs were able to do one of the two effectively en route to a 27-6 victory at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs got a nice head start in the run-game as Bobby Rainey set a franchise record for longest run in team history after rushing for 80 yards and a score on the second play of the game. The Bucs defense took over and forced Buffalo to punt, but Dekoda Watson, a usually outstanding special teams player, ran into punter Brian Moorman, drawing the roughing-the-kicker penalty and handing the Bills a first down. The Bucs defensive unit held E.J. Manuel & Co. once again, forcing the visitors to punt.
Aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Bucs, the Bills were able to cap off a 36-yard drive with a 40-yard field goal to keep the game within reach, but the Buccaneers had other plans.
The Tampa Bay defense refused to give Manuel and the Buffalo offense much breathing room throughout the first half, and when they did, they shut the Bills down when it counted.
After the first 30 minutes, the Bucs had sacked Manuel four times, intercepted him twice, and recovered a special teams fumble, while the Bucs offense scored 24 points - giving Tampa Bay a 21-point lead, their largest hafltime lead since 2007, when they led the Falcons 27-3.
Bucs kicker Rian Lindell, who made only 75-percent of his field goal attempts this season entering the contest, was also on-point Sunday afternoon, making a 53-yard attempt in the second quarter and a 32-yarder in the third.
Buffalo ate almost five minutes off the clock to start the second half, but only picked up three points to show for their efforts as Dan Carpenter kicked his second field goal for at least 40 yards Sunday (46 yards, officially) to make the score 24-6 with 10:19 to play in the third quarter.
The Bucs, who went scoreless in the third quarter in 9-of-12 games this season, had difficulty keeping the pocket completely clean for Glennon, who was under siege most of the afternoon. Although only sacked one time, he was continuously left in a position where he needed to rush the ball out of his hands, ending the day 9-for-25 for 80 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The turnover-forcing-machine, otherwise known as the Bucs' D, didn't just perform at a high level in the first half, they continued to force the Bills into making mistakes in the second half of the game as well, continually giving the offense decent field position to have the ability to .
Lavonte David led all defenders in production with eight tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss, two passes defensed, two QB hits, and two interceptions, while Mason Foster made up for an early personal foul (illegal hit on a defenseless receiver) with a stellar outing as well, recording nine tackles, one pass defensed, two QB hits, and a pick.
In addition to the 80-yard touchdown run in the beginning of the game, Rainey ran for an additional 47 yards, for a total of 127 yards on the ground, while Vincent Jackson led all receivers with 70 yards and a TD on three catches.
With the game securely in hand, the Buccaneers attempted to run the clock out, but couldn't pick up the first down and were forced to punt. Buffalo, however, was left with no time left to get down the field, let alone to mount a comeback, and fell to the Bucs 27-6.
Next up: The Buccaneers will host the San Francisco 49-ers in the final home game of the season next Sunday (December 15th) at 1pm. Coverage begins at 9am with the Floor and Decor Countdown to Kickoff, hosted by Tom Krasniqi on 620am/95.3fm WDAE.
Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Lane / WDAE
Each week, our own Ronnie Lane will share his thoughts on the upcoming Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. This week, Lane dives into the Bucs-Bills matchup from Raymond James Stadium, which can be heard locally on WDAE 620am/95.3fm and WFUS 103.5fm, with the Auto Owners Insurance Pre-Game Show hosted by Ronnie Lane and Anthony Becht beginning at 10:30am.
By Ronnie Lane
We'll have a football game this afternoon at Raymond James Stadium that will feature two rookie starting quarterbacks in E.J. Manuel of the Buffalo Bills and, of course, Mike Glennon for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mike Glennon is looking to get back in the win column for the Bucs. In his ninth start last week at Carolina I thought he took a bit of a step back; it was his first game without a touchdown pass in nine starts. Also, it was his first multiple turnover performance since his first start against Arizona in Week 4. So, look for Glennon to rebound somewhat, however, it will not be an easy task today against this Buffalo Bills' vaunted pass rush that leads the National Football League in sacks.
In other words, Demar Dotson and Donald Penn, the two tackles on the Bucs' offensive line, are going to have their hands full in helping protect Glennon from the edge rush of the Bills.
Now, one weakness the Bucs may be able to exploit today will be along the Buffalo defensive line as far as giving up runs; the Bills gave up 155 yards rushing last week to Atlanta, so look for Bobby Rainey to possibly have a big day this afternoon.
On the other hand, the Bills got their running game going again last week against the Falcons - they rushed for 195 yards with C.J. Spiller leading the way with 15 carries for 149 yards, and of course they still have Fred Jackson, so that is a potent rushing attack Buffalo will aim at Tampa Bay today.
I think the key to the game is Glennon getting the ball out of his hand quickly and his receivers getting open quickly and doing some damage downfield. Otherwise, they're going to have to run the ball to loosen up the pass game and slow down the Bills' pass rush. That's what the Bucs will be looking to do against the Bills at Ray Jay.
The way I see it - It should be a fun and entertaining game to watch. The Bucs are a bit banged up - I'm not sure they're going to be able to pull this one out with the way Buffalo can run the football and also with the way they can rush the passer. It may be too much for rookie Mike Glennon. Here's the way I see this one all unfolding this afternoon - Biuffalo 24, Tampa Bay 17.
That's it for The Bucs Lane, thanks for reading.
By Tom Krasniqi
The 3-9 Buccaneers hope to bounce back from last week’s clunker in Carolina when they host the 4-8 Buffalo Bills today from Raymond James Stadium at 1pm (620 WDAE, 95.3FM, 103.5FM). The Bucs are coming off a 27-6 blowout loss to the Panthers last week which snapped their 3-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Bills dropped a 34-31 overtime decision to the Falcons last week in Toronto.
Tampa Bay’s offense was stifled last week by Carolina’s defense. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon committed two costly turnovers. Today, Glennon will face a Bills defense that ranks first in the NFL with 43 sacks. Getting rid of the football in a timely manner will be imperative.
“I think it has to be. We’ll have to do different things to slow down that pass rush because they are so good,” Glennon said this week when talking about incorporating the short passing game to nullify Buffalo’s pass rush. “We’ll have to run the ball, we’ll have to work our quick game and we’ll have to take our shots when they’re there, because it’s tough against a pass rush that good that we can’t be holding the ball all day.”
Mario Williams leads the Bills with 12 sacks but he has plenty of help. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams has 7 and defensive end Jerry Hughes has 8 sacks. The Bills have been vulnerable to the run game. Buffalo’s rush defense is 24th in the NFL (allowing 122 yards rushing per game). The Bucs need to get their running game going. Over the last two games, the Bucs have averaged just 44 rushing yards per game but this might be a good spot for Bobby Rainey to get back on track. Rainey ran hard last week but ended up with 63 yards on 17 carries.
The Bucs defense did not tackle well last week and they lost contain on Cam Newton’s 56 yard run. They’ll face rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, who has the size and running ability to make plays. Manuel has 9 touchdown passes and four INTs in 8 games so far this season. His favorite target is WR Steve Johnson, who has performed well against Bucs CB Darrelle Revis in recent years when Revis played for the Jets. Johnson has scored touchdowns in three of the last five games against Revis. Revis admits to feeling some discomfort in his chest/shoulder area but he will start today.
The Bucs will also have to contend with Buffalo’s RB tandem of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, who have combined for nearly 1,300 rushing yards and 9 rushing touchdowns. Spiller is a homerun threat who rushed for 149 yards last week, including a 77 yard scamper. The Bucs must tackle better than they did last week or it could be a long day. DT Gerald McCoy (6 sacks) and LB LaVonte David (107 tackles, 5 sacks & 3 INTs) are playing at a high level and will be leaned on heavily again today to deliver.
The forecast today calls for unseasonable warm conditions with temps in the lows 80s. The Bucs believe the heat will play in their favor at home against a team from frigid Buffalo. Doug Marrone’s team loves to run the no-huddle offense so the Bucs will have to be prepared for their up-tempo style. It will undoubtedly test the conditioning level for both teams.
The Bucs hold the all-time series advantage 6-3. The last time these teams met was back in 2009 up in Buffalo. The Bills won the game 33-20. In that game, Jackson had a field day as he ran for 163 yards on 28 carries against the Bucs.
Prediction: It will be interesting to see if there’s a hangover effect from the Carolina loss. The Bucs were physically dominated in that game and the team is worn down physically. The Bills’ no-huddle offense will give the Bucs some problems and Buffalo’s pass rush will be too much to handle. Bills win 20-17.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Bucs opened their locker room after practice Thursday as they prepare for Sunday's matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
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Head Coach Greg Schiano
Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan
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Defensive End Da'Quan Bowers
Linebacker Lavonte David
Cornerback Darrelle Revis
Kicker Rian Lindell
By Tom Krasniqi
The Bucs defensive players see the impact by just turning on the film. The splash plays are there from the Bills offense. And they have speed everywhere.
“Very fast, very fast,” Bucs linebacker LaVonte David said after Thursday’s practice when it comes to evaluating Buffalo’s offense. “They have some great backs that mix it up. Fred Jackson is a downhill runner—a power guy who can also break it outside. C.J. Spiller is a speed guy who could break it anytime he touches the ball.”
The Bills’ running back tandem of Jackson and Spiller have combined for nearly 1,300 yards rushing and nine rushing touchdowns. Spiller averaged nearly 10 yards per carry last week in the overtime loss to the Falcons.
Florida State product E.J. Manuel is back healthy and starting at quarterback. The Bucs know the rookie has the size and athleticism to be a very good signal caller for years to come. In 8 games this season, Manuel has thrown 9 touchdown passes against just four picks in 249 pass attempts.
“He’s mature beyond [his years],” defensive end Da’Quan Bowers said on Thursday. “I think he’ll be a great quarterback in this league. He’s one of those guys that you’ll look at and say—wow—He has the ability to do a lot of special things in this league. He has a strong arm, he’s about 6-6, he’s long, he’s quick. He has the tools to be special.”
At wide receiver, Steve Johnson leads the Bills in receiving with 46 catches for 526 yards and 3 scores. Bucs corner Darrelle Revis knows Johnson very well from Darrelle’s days with the Jets.
“He’s real shifty at the line. His routes are real smooth,” said Revis. “He’s not a burner or a fast guy but he finds a way to get open. That’s why he’s good at what he does.”
The Bills will run a no-huddle offense. The Bucs defense has to be ready for their up-tempo style and Greg Schiano’s club also had a real problem last week with missed tackles. And not to mention the forecast on Sunday will be unseasonably warm.
“As we all know, it’s really heated up here the last couple days and it’s going to be very warm on Sunday,” Schiano said during his Thursday press conference heard on WDAE. “Today, we were simulating the no-huddle with running a couple huddles and running guys in and out. I’m sure we’ll have some IVs flowing in the training room. Real feel out there, it was close to 90 [degrees]. That’ll have an impact I’m sure.”
As far as the Thursday injury report for the Bucs, WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) was back at practice on a limited basis. RG Davin Joseph (knee) returned to practice on a full-time basis. LG Carl Nicks (foot) did not practice. CB Darrelle Revis (chest/shoulder) and DT Akeem Spence (wrist) practiced fully. WR Chris Owusu (hamstring) and DT Gary Gibson (calf) were both added to the injury report and practiced on a limited basis.
The Bills are relatively healthy heading into this week’s game. After missing Wednesday’s practice, DT Kyle Williams (Achilles) practiced fully on Thursday. WR Marquise Goodwin (calf) and TE Scott Chandler (personal) were added to the injury report. Goodwin was limited and Chandler missed practice because his wife was expecting the birth of their child.
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