Monday billboard [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami comes to our winter wonderland next Sunday. If the Bills hope to maintain any chance for the playoffs they can't afford to lose.'
Bashed Bills are sore after beating by Bucs [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'What no one could foresee was the devastating nature of the loss as sloppy mistakes made the Bills look like anything but a playoff contender, and a rash of major injuries that they incurred along the way may eliminate that contender label altogether.'
Bills defense receives a huge hit [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'All season long, Bills linebacker Sam Cowart has been building a case to play in the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately for the best player on the Buffalo defense and one of the best defenders in the NFL, the Pro Bowl may be the next game he plays.'
Buffalo loses more than just three starters [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Maybe it is paranoia, but I'm searching for any explanation as to why the Bills squandered a good opportunity to win another critical road game in the heat of a playoff drive.'
Coaches' mistakes painful [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'In what was the dumbest move in a day filled with dumb coaching moves, the Bills decided to try an onside kick with 2:32 left in the game. They were trailing just 24-17 and they had all three timeouts plus the two-minute warning.'
Bucs make Bills pay [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The once-mighty Bills defence, a unit the team has relied upon to win games the past two seasons, has been reduced to a spartan carcass. In one stretch late in the first half, Buffalo lost star linebacker Sam Cowart (ankle sprain), his sidekick Sam Rogers (torn groin) and free safety Keion Carpenter (ankle).'
Being pretty doesn't pay Bills [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For Warren Sapp and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, football is as much about pain as pleasure. No need to remind the aching Buffalo Bills of that this morning.'
Sapped & Zapped [6:09 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'After all, the Bucs' offense, which does have issues to address, gained a season-low 180 yards. But in grinding out a 31-17 victory, the offense undeniably was opportunistic.'
Offense finally awakened [6:08 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'One, the Bucs can, indeed, move the ball 70 yards for a touchdown. And two, it sure helps when the opposing defense loses three of its best players.'
Sapp's comments cause desired effect [6:07 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Boys will be boys and apparently Warren Sapp will be Warren Sapp. That was the general player response to the comments Sapp made during the weekend.'
Sapp ignites Bucs' fire, gets a spark [6:06 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"Because it needed to be said." That's why the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the one credible Buc who would dare publicly blast his team's shabby offense, did so Friday.'
Dunn the only option now, which is fine with him [6:04 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'It's up to Dunn. He must carry the ball. He must carry the team. The jumbo backfield is kaput.'
Desperate times create desperate acts for Bucs [6:03 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'He jumped up and took off after Bryson. He probably ran 30 yards to chase down Bryson, just as Bryson was stepping out of bounds to complete a 17-yard gain.'
Finally, 'The Truth' comes out for Bucs [6:02 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The truth is, Karl Williams had almost disappeared from the Bucs' radar screen this season.'
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.'
At talking and telling it like it is, Sapp speaks loudest [5:55 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'This is the world of Warren Sapp: pure energy, high volume. And if you wish to visit, fasten your seat belts and grab your earplugs.'
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.'
Offensive news still is not good [5:52 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Total yardage: 180. All the way? No way.'
Late hit a spectacular one for incomparable Brooks [5:51 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'It may have been the most phenomenal late hit in the history of the NFL.'
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."'
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