Bills’ dreary performance a ghost of Decembers past [9:54 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the first time, I saw a little quit in them. They looked like a team that had begun to feel sorry for itself, that made a lot of the same old mistakes and hung its head when things went against them. That’s when it started to remind me of past Decembers, when foolish hope turned to jolting reality.'
EJ Manuel: ''I try to put the pressure on myself'' [9:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t think it’s necessarily playing on the road. That may seem like it’s a recurring thing being that I had a rough game here, had a rough game in Pittsburgh and we just have to come back from it. You know, I’m not going to say because we’re not at [Ralph Wilson Stadium], I played bad or because we were on the road, I played bad. Just didn’t do well today. It’s very frustrating for me but, it’s still a learning curve at everything and just got to move on.”'
Doug Marrone: ''We have a long way to go'' [9:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I know we played poorly in all three phases. We had penalties, we had turnovers, we had misreads, we had missed tackles. We had things go wrong for us that there have been times during the year where we’ve been making improvements on it and probably out of any point during the season, it hit all at once in this game. Maybe it’s been a little bit here and there; this game was at once. I’ll tell you what else, I’m disappointed that – I said this earlier in the week – we played a Kansas City team, which was a tough game, and we came back in Pittsburgh and did not play well, in a lot of things. We played a game last week, which was a very difficult game for our players. We’ve talked about it during the week, come back and we play even worse than we did in the Pittsburgh game. That’s disappointing when you want to grow and you want to go forward.'
Bills dominated by Bucs in season’s worst showing [9:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“We were talking about things we need to do to get a situation like this fixed,” Jackson said. “We just didn’t get the job done today. We looked like crap. Bottom line, we did not play well. I can’t think of anything we did right. That’s something we need to take ownership of. There’s no one finger that needs to be pointed at anybody. As a team we looked absolutely horrible today and the score showed it.”'
Report Card [9:28 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Obviously, the Bills playoff chances were slim entering the game. Still, there was something to play for, and they saved their worst performance for that spot. It was a deplorable effort in all three phases. Turn off the silly playoff machine once and for all.'
Buffalo Bills Week 14 Report Card [9:27 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'I'm not a fan of using numbers a lot when writing the unit-by-unit analysis. But in this case, the stats tell the story. E.J. Manuel: Zero touchdowns, four interceptions. Bills rushing attack: 22 carries for 67 yards.'
Three and Out [9:25 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There may not be a more disappointing player on the Bills roster this season than Johnson. He had another terrible drop where the ball went right through his hands and wound up as an interception. In a year when Johnson really needed to excel and help the rookie quarterback, he has mostly been a non-factor.'
The Bills left their game and season in Toronto [9:24 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was bad enough this team choked away a 14 point lead to one of the worst teams in the NFL last week, but to not even show up in Tampa this week is inexcusable.'
Bills loss looks all too familiar [9:23 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'After watching that debacle, I was left feeling like I have in so many Decembers these last 14 years, wondering if the current Bills coach and quarterback will just end up like their predecessors.'
Miserable showing for Buffalo Bills [9:22 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was the low point in a season that has suddenly begun to look like so many others in Buffalo. For a while it seemed like there was some progress being made with a new and energetic coaching staff and some upgrades to the roster.'
Offensive line takes a licking against Bucs [9:21 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Asked how he would sum up the offensive line’s performance, center Eric Wood replied, “Bad, but you show me any offensive line that played good when you’re down 21 points in the second quarter and I’d love to see it. We just dug a hole and let them tee off on us the whole game.”'
Sideline Reactions: Buccaneers 27 - Bills 6 [9:21 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'They came out with a lethargic energy and failed themselves from the first play to the last. Sometimes there is some good with the bad, but this was an overwhelming and colossal failing effort on the Bills part. To their credit, the Bills owned it from the head coach on down.'
The end justifies the trip for friends of Bucs’ Means [9:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '“There’s about 100 people from Buffalo that I know that were here,” Means said after the Bucs’ 27-6 win inside Raymond James Stadium. “It’s just been tremendous support. Even when I haven’t been playing, people from home are texting me – ‘Keep working hard, keep grinding.’ They all keep me up.”'
EJ Manuel struggles mightily in Bills' loss to Buccaneers [9:19 PM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'The Bills didn't look ready to play football on Sunday. The defense pulled things together in the second half, but the offense looked lost all day long. Buffalo converted just 1 of 11 third downs. Where were the throws downfield to Goodwin and Graham? Grade: D'
Buccaneers-Bills: What we learned [7:09 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"I think guys here have every right to be frustrated after a game like that," Jackson said. "Bottom line, we didn't play well. You go back and look at film, and I can't think of anything we did right."'
Bills-Bucs quarter-by-quarter [6:46 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills actually had a chance to get back in the game in the third quarter. That, of course, presumes the Bills could have played some quality football. They could not.'
Immediate reactions: Buccaneers 27, Bills 6 [6:46 PM]
Buffalo.com reports: 'The only question moving forward is whether the first Jets game, Steelers game and this one are going to do an offseason-long battle with Manuel's strongest efforts—so far, the Panthers and second Jets game—or whether he’ll bury any positives with two or more like this.'
Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat down Buffalo Bills in latest loss [5:52 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel came into the game with four interceptions all season, and he matched that total before the third quarter was finished, an alarmingly poor performance. However, two were not his fault and could be blamed on wide receivers Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.'
Game Wrap: Bills @ Buccaneers [5:05 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Starting the second half the Bills get the ball and manage their second score of the game, a 46-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter. It looked as though the momentum was beginning to shift as Buffalo forced a three and out which gave them good field position, but two more Manuel interceptions in the third squashed any comeback hopes, and the score would remain 27-6 all throughout the fourth quarter.'
Glennon throws 2 TD passes, Bucs beat Bills 27-6 [5:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Manuel, Buffalo's first-round draft pick out of Florida State, was sacked seven times and doubled his interception total for the season.'
Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 6 [5:02 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Rookie E.J. Manuel never got into a rhythm in this one, completing 18-of-33 passes for 184 yards and a career-worst four interceptions as Buffalo (4-9) lost for the fifth time in six tries.'
Buccaneers' defense dominates Bills [4:59 PM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'In a sloppy game that featured seven turnovers, and six personal foul penalties, the Tampa Bay defense stole the show, swarming Manuel and holding the Bills' dangerous running back duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to just 34 yards. Manuel's four interceptions matched his total from his first eight games.'
Bucs Blowout Bills 27-6 [4:57 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Same Old Bills. You can talk about a new culture in the Doug Marrone era but this game looked like so many other December games since the turn of the century. The Bills season is always over long before Santa comes to town and the team just looks disinterested on the road leading to many routs. This was just another in the long line of miserable late season games for our beloved Bills. I wonder at this point if they will have turn things around.'
All Three Units Awful In Rout [4:57 PM]
Bills Daily reports: 'EJ Manuel was just plain awful. He threw four interceptions and two were on terrible passes. Just when it looked like the Bills may make a mini run in the third quarter he threw a terrible pass and was picked off by Mason Foster ending any though of a comeback. He had no answers for the pressure he received and was inaccurate most of the game.'
Bills unable to rebound in loss at Tampa Bay [4:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo came out flat to start the game and never recovered from an early 14-3 deficit as their offense was unable to gain any traction on the ground and their passing game was hit and miss.'
Bucs WR Jackson will play against Bills [12:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's inactives are quarterback Jeff Tuel, fullback Frank Summers, defensive back Brandon Smith, guards Mark Asper and Antoine McClain, tight end Tony Moeaki and linebacker Jamaal Westerman.'
Bills make defensive strides but cracks remain [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills’ defense enters today’s game against the Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium ranked 24th in rushing yards and 20th in yards per carry. Relative to previous seasons, that’s fantastic. “That wouldn’t be the F-word adjective I would use,” Pettine said after Friday’s practice in Orchard Park.'
Glennon has the receivers to frustrate Bills’ defenders [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s time for the Bills’ defense to put in a solid road game – the team is allowing 28.6 points per game away from home. Buffalo also needs Manuel to outperform Glennon in a matchup of the first and third QBs taken in April’s draft. The Bills have gone to overtime twice this year, why not once more?'
Bills need road victory to help build foundation [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here’s some interesting history: The last time the Bills were over .500 at this point was in 2000. They were 7-5, but coming off a crushing, 31-17 loss here in Tampa where they outgained the Bucs by 253 yards and lost Sam Cowart to a season-ending injury. So in a way, you can trace the Bills’ 13-year playoff drought back to that fateful day here in Florida, which was the beginning of the end for Wade Phillips and the Bills as playoff contenders.'
Toronto games become no-win situation for Bills [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players don’t like it and never are going to like it, because they recognize it doesn’t help them win. After six years, not one bit of progress has been made in making Rogers Centre any kind of home-field advantage for Buffalo, despite the efforts of the Bills and their Canadian partner, Rogers Communications.'
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