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.'
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."'
Bill collectors [5:42 AM] Orlando Sentinel reports:
'For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this one was about refusing to give in; not to the pain, not to the moment and certainly not to the Buffalo Bills.'
Sapp opens mouth and inserts win [5:42 AM] Orlando Sentinel reports:
'"You hand me 31 points, and I`ll hand you the Vince Lombardi Trophy," Sapp told offensive coordinator Les Steckel after the game.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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."'