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.'
Banged-up Bills look to linebackers for leadership today [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When in doubt, trust the Bills' linebackers. It's an old tradition.'
Keion, without the neon [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The undrafted free agent nobody wanted to waste a draft pick on is now tied for the AFC lead in interceptions with five. He has picked off three passes the past two games, including one to ice last week's victory in Kansas City.'
Turnovers will reign supreme in clash of two stingy defenses [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bucs 16, Bills 10.'
Cottrell a juggler on defense [8:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now in his 17th year as an NFL assistant and third season as the Bills secretary of defense, Cottrell has done a masterful job of putting players in position to make plays.'
It's too bad Bills can't host Bucs [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'Miami, Buffalo, Indianapolis and the New York Jets could all be tied by late this afternoon with 8-4 records should the Bills beat the Buccaneers, the Jets beat Chicago and Indianapolis beats Miami.'
Bills scouting report [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Although a victory today in Tampa Bay would be huge, a loss would not kill the Bills because the Bucs are a NFC team and this game would not matter in the myriad of playoff tiebreakers.'
Bucs need a streak [6:33 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I expect to run the table, starting with Buffalo," ferocious Bucs tackle Warren Sapp said this week. "Whatever stadium they let us play in, let's go get it done."'
Sapp slams playbook [6:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The saddest part is we play at the highest professional level of football and a high school team has more bare (offensive) plays than we do."'
Bucs near history
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The Bucs have 43 sacks, one off the team record (44 in 1997). Odds are, the new record will be set today against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium.'
Bucs staring at a turn for the worse [6:30 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Even now, they say, things really aren't as bad as they seem. They are wrong. It is that bad. It could get worse.'
Bucs' sack-record race slows a bit [6:29 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The entire team's sack total has dropped significantly in the last three games.'
Bucs forced to live or die with King [6:27 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The Bucs have no option. They set it up this way when they held onto Eric Zeier and didn't go after another backup. Dungy said Monday that King remains the Bucs' best chance for success. And he's right.'
Bills-Bucs Scouting Report [6:25 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Take the Bucs, change some of the names to Sam Cowart and Jay Riemersma, and what have you got? The Buffalo Bills. There may not be another team in the league that's as Buc-like as the Bills.'
Bills-Bucs Matchups [6:24 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Buffalo's Wade Phillips has his team positioned to take over the AFC East lead with a victory against the Bucs.'
Will Bucs pass, or will season? [6:23 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Tampa Bay has maybe a 40 percent chance of being alive for the NFL post-season. Ten wins are needed.'
Dunn won't be rattled by his increased load [6:21 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'At 5 feet 8, 180 pounds, they believe he can't take the pounding of a featured running back. With the season-ending injury to Mike Alstott, Dunn has an opportunity in the last five games to prove he is durable enough to get the football 20-25 times a contest.'
Getting a handle on Dunn [6:20 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'I hardly ever fight too much for extra yardage because you usually get hurt. The thing is, when I run, I try to protect myself at all costs because I do want to be able to walk away from the game.'
Bucs quick hits [6:18 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Johnson is healthy and took over from Doug Flutie. His team seemed to rally around him in a comeback win over Kansas City on the road.'
QB no quandary for Buffalo coach [6:17 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Clearly the people`s choice is Flutie, the gutty, diminutive and aging former Heisman Trophy winner who has orchestrated some magical victories during three seasons in Buffalo. But the coach`s choice -- and the only choice that matters -- is Johnson...'.
Bucs' Sapp lambastes offensive coordinator [6:16 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Bucs defensive tackle Warren Sapp ripped offensive coordinator Les Steckel in Saturday`s editions of The St. Petersburg Times, blasting Steckel`s play-calling, formations and the unit`s lack of identity.'
Things are not super with Bucs [6:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The Bucs` run to the playoff compulsories very likely begins or ends today at home against the Buffalo Bills, who are hoping Warren Sapp doesn`t revive their quarterback controversy by splitting hairs -- Rob Johnson`s hairs, for starters.'
Bills are keeping CNY in the dark [1:38 PM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Channel 5 general manager Gary Wordlaw said these Syracuse blackouts violate the league's 75-mile rule, but the station is powerless to stop the Bills from imposing them here.'
Sack-happy Sapp makes his mark terrorizing quarterbacks [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The sixth-year veteran has 11 1/2 sacks this season, third best in the NFL and just one shy of his total for last season, when he was named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.'
No repeat for Rome [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Fox Sports Net called an audible on the Empire Sports Network and refused to allow it to repeat "The Last Word with Jim Rome" program dealing with the Rob Johnson-Doug Flutie controversy for a second time on Monday.'
Bills need Smith's running [7:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Antowain Smith isn't kidding himself. Sure, if he were to have a big game against the rugged Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense tomorrow at Raymond James Stadium, the Buffalo Bills veteran running back might just salvage his once-promising career.'
Bucs have safety net in Jackson [7:26 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Contrary to what some may be thinking, the wheels haven't completely fallen off the Buccaneer bandwagon. A few big wheels definitely have come off, though, and that's where players such as Dexter Jackson come in.'
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