Bucs WR Jackson will play against Bills [1:36 AM]
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.'
Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 6 [1:35 AM]
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 [1:34 AM]
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.'
Buccaneers-Bills: What we learned [1:33 AM]
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."'
Game Wrap: Bills @ Buccaneers [1:32 AM]
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.'
Bills loss looks all too familiar [1:31 AM]
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.'
The Bills left their game and season in Toronto [1:30 AM]
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.'
Sideline Reactions: Buccaneers 27 - Bills 6 [1:29 AM]
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.'
Bills bottom out to Bucs [1:28 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'His meeting with the team went much longer then normal. There was obviously a ton to address. "It's difficult after that game to get up here and defend anything", said Marrone "I feel like we let down the ownership and let down the fans", Marrone continued. "We played poorly".'
Same Old December Swoon [1:27 AM]
WROC-TV reports: 'All in all, it was a miserable day way too reminiscent of recent Decembers, when out-of-contention Bills teams occasionally gave the appearance that they were thinking about their tee times with games still remaining on the schedule.'
Immediate reactions: Buccaneers 27, Bills 6 [1:26 AM]
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.'
Bucs Blowout Bills 27-6 [1:25 AM]
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 [1:24 AM]
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 [1:23 AM]
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.'
Bills captains address team postgame [1:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He just told us he wanted us to have a locker room talk amongst ourselves and see what we were feeling and kind of clear the air. He allowed everybody a chance to speak,” said co-captain Fred Jackson. “He gave not only myself, Kyle (Williams) and (Eric) Wood and a couple of other guys an opportunity to say what we thought after this game. That’s what the long period in the locker room was about—talking about the things we need to do to get situations like that fixed and keep them from coming up again.”'
Doug Marrone: ''We have a long way to go'' [1:21 AM]
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.'
EJ Manuel: ''I try to put the pressure on myself'' [1:20 AM]
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.”'
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.'
Buffalo Bills face Tampa Bay Buccaneers [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We are a team right now that has quite a bit of players coming back, so how we perform and how we move forward is extremely important to building a foundation of how we may start and be able to get going next year,” Marrone said. “I do believe in a foundation and a philosophy that needs to be in place which we will have after year one.”'
Bills need to make a decision on Stevie Johnson [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills are paying Porsche money to Johnson, about $7 million season, but getting production worthy of a mid-sized Chevy this season. With 46 catches for 526 yards and three touchdowns, Johnson is 60th among NFL receivers. His team record streak of 1,000-yard seasons will end at three.'
Three .. and Out [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bucs 20, Bills 19.'
NFL self-regulation hasn’t helped players [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let’s look at NFL workplace statistics. The average player’s career is less than four years. The life expectancy of a player is 20 years less than the average American male. They suffer from a significantly higher incidence of early dementia, depression and suicide. Within two years of retirement, 78 percent of NFL players have gone bankrupt or are in serious financial distress. With this track record, a normal company would be visited by our friends at OSHA to discuss workplace safety.'
Bucs’ Glennon, Bills’ Manuel add new chapter to friendly rivalry [1:51 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '“Yeah, we’ve known each other for a long time,’’ Glennon said of Manuel, who he will face again today when the Bucs take on the Bills at Raymond James Stadium. “I remember in the state semifinals one year, we played against a school right by him and he came to the game just to watch me."'
Manuel and Glennon Square Off Again Today [1:50 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: '"Yeah, I'm looking forward to getting down there and playing against Mike," Manuel said on a conference call Wednesday. "He's been doing well, so I look forward to going out and having a good game."'
Sunday's Tampa Bay Coverage [1:49 AM]
Bucs’ Glennon, Bills’ Manuel add new chapter to friendly rivalry (Tampa Tribune)
Dotson quickly become well-rounded right tackle (Tampa Tribune)
Tampa Bay takes on Buffalo (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs have improved pass defense (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs' lack of edge rush creates several problems (Tampa Bay Times)
If anyone cares about Bucs-Bills, Schiano does (Tampa Bay Times)
Kickin' back with Tampa Bay Bucs kicker Rian Lindell (Tampa Bay Times)
Scouting report (Tampa Bay Times)
What they're saying, numbers (Tampa Bay Times)
The winner of Sunday's Bucs-Bills game might be the loser (Bradenton Herald)
Manuel and Glennon Square Off Again Today (Lakeland Ledger)
Game Day: Bills at Buccaneers (Buccaneers.com)
5 things to watch in Bills - Buccaneers [1:48 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's a true coin flip between these two teams. In the end, the edge is given to Tampa Bay because of their run game, their quick and aggressive defense and because EJ Manuel has yet to win a game on the road. The first 15 minutes will be very important for the Bills, because it will determine whether or not they've been able to move past their most crushing loss of the season. After the Bills lost to Kansas City in dramatic fashion, they played their worst game of the season in Pittsburgh. If they come out with a strong effort early on they could pull off a road win. But if the Atlanta loss lingers, Tampa Bay will pounce on them.'
Bills see Manuel on target as a rookie [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manuel has thrown just four interceptions in 249 pass attempts. That rate ranks seventh best in the NFL this season. Only one rookie quarterback in the last 10 years (Robert Griffin III) has finished a season with a lower INT rate.'
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