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.'
Lynch returns to practice in limited role [7:25 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"He wanted to try it," Coach Tony Dungy said, "but I still doubt right now that he'll play. He's doing better now than he was."'
Glazer ties his charity to tickets [7:23 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer is making Super Bowl XXXV tickets available to Raymond James Stadium suite holders, but the cost includes a minimum $1,000 donation to his charitable foundation.'
Sapp on Steckel: I miss Shula [7:22 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: '...defensive lineman Warren Sapp, frustrated by Tampa Bay's 6-5 record, placed much of the blame for the team's inconsistency on the new offense of first-year coordinator Les Steckel.'
Lynch: slim chance to play against Bills [7:21 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Lynch, who dislocated his left shoulder against Chicago on Sunday, is listed as doubtful with a shoulder sprain, though he did practice Friday with the scout team.'
Bills' Morris to miss second straight game [8:56 PM]
AP reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, will miss his second straight game with a sprained ankle.'
Hobbled secondary is Bills' primary concern [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Winfield's injury puts two men on hot corners: Donovan Greer and Chris Watson.'
Dungy says Cottrell deserves a top job [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's had one of the top defenses in the league for the last few years at Buffalo. I think he has the respect of his players and the respect of people all over the league."'
Bills to have hands full up front [8:03 AM]
D and C reports: 'When the Bills play the Buccaneers in a game that both teams need to win to keep their playoff runs on track, the key matchup of the day will be Buffalo's average offensive line against Tampa Bay's outstanding defensive line.'
Dunn keeps giving during holiday season [8:02 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Dunn's "Homes for the Holidays" program, now in its fourth year, is an act of love and caring. It provides people with homes. People who wouldn't normally be able to afford them on their own.'
Word's getting out [8:01 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"[Cowart] plays the run, the pass, he's outstanding," Phillips said. "He's around the ball every play. He's a great tackler. He's consistent. He's a great player."'
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