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)
Manuel and Glennon Square Off Again Today (Lakeland Ledger)
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.'
Bucs’ McCoy follows in footsteps of Sapp [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He’s having a heck of a year,” said Bills guard Kraig Urbik. “He’s one of the best D-tackles in the league, period, not just the NFC. From what I’ve heard he’s gotten good pointers from Warren Sapp. It shows this year. He’s just trying to cause havoc. He penetrates quick.”'
Bucs losing to Bills would be big blow [1:57 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Lose to the Bills … You don’t lose to the Bills. You just got crushed at Carolina. You got crushed, and you can’t get crushed again. And losing to the Bills would be twice as bad as losing to the Panthers.'
Bucs' Glennon, Bills' Manuel have bond [1:56 AM]
Tampa Bay Times reports: '"He's a great guy," Glennon said of Manuel. "His parents are great people. It's just neat that through high school, you don't know what's going to happen. And then in college, we played against each other and now again in the NFL."'
Buffalo Bills Nickell Robey Geared Up for His Homecoming [1:55 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: '"I'm ready to show out, man," Robey said by phone Thursday. "I'm really ready to showcase my talent to the hometown. I mean, I'm going to be in Tampa. That's just 30, 40 minutes from my home. We played in Miami but this is home. I can't wait to show out for myself and my supporters."'
Saturday's Tampa Bay Coverage [1:54 AM]
Bucs losing to Bills would be big blow (Tampa Tribune)
Team need more yards after catches (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs' Glennon, Bills' Manuel have bond (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs' Jackson likely game-time decision (Tampa Bay Times)
Buffalo Bills Nickell Robey Geared Up for His Homecoming (Lakeland Ledger)
Bucs' Vincent Jackson listed as questionable for Sunday (Fox Sports Florida)
Keys To Defeat for the Bucs Against the Buffalo Bills (WHFS-AM)
Key Matchups: Buccaneers vs. Bills (Buccaneers.com)
Buccaneer Notes & Quotes, Dec. 6 (Buccaneers.com)
Glennon, Manuel face off for first time as pros [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"We didn't play against each other (in high school). I still remember, in the state semifinals, we played against a school right near him and he came to the game just to watch me. He's a great guy. His parents are great people," Glennon added. "It's just neat that, through high school, you don't know what's going to happen, and then college we played each other, and now again in the NFL."'
Two Listed as Probable as Bills head South [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Only Marquise Goodwin and Kyle Williams are listed as probable for Sunday's game.'
Pettine's defense unkind to rookie QBs [1:51 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'That system, honed during his time with the Ravens and Jets, is also particularly difficult on rookie quarterbacks. Buffalo squares off against Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon, a third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.'
Broadcast information: Bills at Buccaneers [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Spero Dedes (play by play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst).'
Scouting Report - Week 14 [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Both the Bills and Bucs are teams that rely on a productive run game. Buffalo has their top backs available and C.J. Spiller is coming off a 149-yard rushing day. Tampa Bay is down to their third-string back in Bobby Rainey with Doug Martin and Mike James on I-R. Spiller has to be the difference in the game.'
Bills’ Stevie gets a wake-up call [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It makes me work harder. It wakes me up,” Johnson said of the feedback he’s gotten from fans. “I feel like sometimes I can get a little lackadaisical and things may happen. I appreciate it. The fans are being real. It’s just a wake-up call.”'
Bucs’ special-teams units thriving under ex-Bills defensive aide Wannstedt [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buccaneers are sixth in kickoff-return average, at 25.6 yards, and seventh in punt-return average at 11.3 yards. The Bucs’ kickoff coverage unit is allowing just 20.3 yards per return, which is tied for the best number in the NFL.'
Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore struggles to regain form [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not as strong, it's not as strong as my right hand," said Gilmore, who's style relies on his ability to get a physical jam at the line of scrimmage to get receivers off their route. "Especially in this defense, it's a man-to-man defense and you've got to stop the guy at the line because if you miss it's a touchdown."'
Enemy Lines: E.J. Manuel [1:56 AM]
Buccaneers.com reports: '"Obviously he has a great appreciation for the position and knowing that he has the ball in his hands with the ball security," said Marrone. "I think that’s one that as coaches we all appreciate, but at certain times you just have to go back there and throw it. I’d much rather have a quarterback play that way than the other way, where it’s just been throw it up there and try to have to reel him back in."'
Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Buccaneers.com reports: 'Taking a closer look at the Bucs' opponent in Week 14, as Buffalo brings a dangerous pair of running backs and the league's best pass-rushing defensive front to Raymond James Stadium.'
Friday's Tampa Bay Coverage [1:54 AM]
Sacks remain scarce for Bucs (Tampa Tribune)
Bucs CB Revis ‘knocked out for a second’ (Tampa Tribune)
Gholston emerges as a force for Bucs (Tampa Bay Times)
Bucs' Jackson practices, but status uncertain (Tampa Bay Times)
Tampa Bay Bucs Looking to Run Against Buffalo (Lakeland Ledger)
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson's status uncertain for Sunday (Fox Sports Florida)
Halftime problems get Schiano's full-time attention (WTVT-TV)
Bucs Thursday Report: Defending Buffalo's Offense (WDAE-AM)
Heat Wave: Advantage Bucs? (Buccaneers.com)
Enemy Lines: E.J. Manuel (Buccaneers.com)
Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills (Buccaneers.com)
Buccaneer Quotes, Dec. 5 (Buccaneers.com)
Bills remain work in progress under coach Marrone [1:53 AM]
AP reports: '"That's something we talk about probably every week. We say, 'We're giving the effort, we're still not getting the results,'" Jackson said. "That means we've still got to keep working."'
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