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.'
Tampa defense comes up big in 31-17 win [5:38 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: '"They do have the best pass rush in the league," [Rob] Johnson said.'
Sapp's public complaints drive Buccaneers offense, team to dominating win [5:37 AM]
Fort Myers News Press reports: 'But if you have a championship-caliber team - which Dungy and Sapp believe the Bucs have - you don’t worry about hurting people's feelings.'
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."'
Cowart could miss month with high ankle sprain [8:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart could be sidelined for a month after spraining his ankle in the Bills' 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.'
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.'
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