Steckel is unfazed by Sapp's comments [6:00 AM] Tampa Tribune reports:
'If Bucs offensive coordinator Les Steckel is smarting from the round of shots that defensive tackle Warren Sapp took at him and his offense this weekend, he's not letting it show.'
Injuries on defense doomed the Bills' chances [6:00 AM] Tampa Tribune reports:
'Then, a crack developed in Buffalo's mortar. Outside linebacker Sam Rogers limped off the field with a torn groin muscle. Inside linebacker Sam Cowart, the league's leading tackler, left with a high ankle sprain. So did free safety Keion Carpenter.'
Game review [5:59 AM] Tampa Tribune reports:
'RB Warrick Dunn's 106 yards marked the first 100-yard rushing game the Bills have allowed since January. Tennessee's Eddie George rushed for 106 yards on Jan. 8 in the AFC wild-card playoff game.'
Grading the Bucs [5:57 AM] Tampa Tribune reports:
'Special teams: Williams' TD highlighted a strong return game and coverage units were on the ball as well. Grade: A'
It's a Dunn deal [5:56 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'Two days after Warren Sapp blamed offensive coordinator Les Steckel for the team's poor record this season, the Bucs offense responded by doing a 180. Well, 180 total yards, anyway.'
Sapp speaks; offense listens [5:54 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'After a 31-17 win over the Bills, the locker room resonated with some understanding why Sapp was critical of the offense but also offered support for Steckel.'
Dunn has no problem filling Alstott's role [5:53 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'With Tampa Bay leading the Bills 24-17 and the two-minute warning approaching, the Bucs called on Dunn to secure a few first downs. On second and 10, he cut back off left tackle and ran 39 yards for the win-sealing touchdown.'
Williams' return for TD breaks Bills' back [5:50 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'Buffalo's Chris Mohr hit a towering, 57-yard punt to Karl Williams, who backpedaled and caught the ball on his 27-yard line -- and the game suddenly took a dramatic turn.'
Quick hits [5:49 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'Johnson's second-quarter touchdown pass was the first TD yielded by the Bucs defense in 10 quarters.'
Fire and ice [5:48 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'The Bucs allowed a season-high seven sacks and Jeff Christy, right, and Dave Moore were flagged for holding. Not exactly a banner day for offensive line coach Chris Foerster's group, a unit that allowed 18 sacks before Sunday.'
Game balls [5:47 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'Bucs DT Warren Sapp - For all of his talk, don't make the mistake of measuring Warren Sapp by his words. Measure him by his deeds.'
Bucs quotebook [5:46 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'[Tony Dungy:] "That was a very tough win, but a great win for us. Buffalo plays with a lot of heart and soul, and any time you can beat them it's a big win."'
Bills quotebook [5:44 AM] St. Petersburg Times reports:
'[Rob Johnson:] "...Obviously, we have to start scoring points."'
Bill collectors [5:42 AM] Orlando Sentinel reports:
'For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this one was about refusing to give in; not to the pain, not to the moment and certainly not to the Buffalo Bills.'
Sapp opens mouth and inserts win [5:42 AM] Orlando Sentinel reports:
'"You hand me 31 points, and I`ll hand you the Vince Lombardi Trophy," Sapp told offensive coordinator Les Steckel after the game.'
Buccaneers notebook [5:41 AM] Orlando Sentinel reports:
'"Our defense dominated the first half," Bills Coach Wade Phillips said Sunday after Tampa Bay`s 31-17 victory at Raymond James Stadium. "We were controlling the game until those injuries hit us. Those injuries killed us. Those were our best three players."'
Bucs keep playoff hopes alive with win [5:40 AM] Fort Myers News Press reports:
'On Sunday, the Bucs did what they needed to do against the Buffalo Bills. They didn’t turn the ball over once. They sacked Buffalo quarterback Rob Johnson six times.'
Bucs' Dunn rushes for 106 yards [5:35 AM] Fort Myers News Press reports:
'"We knew it would be tough sledding in there but they lost a couple of players throughout the course of the game. That helped us a little bit."'
Bucs 31, Bills 17 [5:18 PM] AP reports:
'Warrick Dunn became the first runner to gain 100 yards on the Bills (7-5) this season, rushing for 106 and two touchdowns, while Karl Williams scored on a 73-yard punt return for the Bucs (7-5).'
Buccaneers 31, Bills 17 [4:32 PM] Sportsticker reports:
'The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bills (7-5),
who outgained the Bucs, 433-181, but allowed a 100-yard rusher
for the first time this season.'
Plenty at stake for Bills, Bucs [3:09 PM] Olean Times Herald reports:
'If Rob Johnson thought he saw a pass rush on the road last Sunday at Kansas City, wait until this afternoon.'
For Bills, best offense may be good defense [9:11 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'It probably needs to be dominating, because the Bills' offense is likely to struggle against a Tampa Bay defense that has been the best in the NFC over the past two years.'