Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) on a run during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Bills Struggle In Tampa
Tampa, FL (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills had little hope for the playoffs yet again but wanted to have a solid outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the Bucs had other plans and came away with an ugly 27-6 victory.
The day started very ominously for the Bills as Bucs’ running back, Bobby Rainey took the second snap of the game and ran 80 yards for a score and an early 7-0 lead, a signal of things to come for the Bills who have had a lot of trouble on the road this year.
Buffalo answered with a Dan Carpenter field goal (who later connected on a 53-yard attempt to provide all of Buffalo’s points) but after that it was all Tampa as they intercepted E.J. Manuel four times and sacked him seven times. Manuel finished the day 18 of 33 for 184 yards and no scores. In all, the Bills turned the ball over five times in the game
Meanwhile, Tampa rookie quarterback, Mike Glennon did not fare much better of the two rookies but it was good enough on this day as he passed for just 90 yards on nine completions but Glennon did have two scores and just two interceptions.
Turnovers were not the only problem for Buffalo as the team committed 11 penalties for 114 yards. The most glaring came late in the game, a holding call which negated an 83-yard scoring play by C.J. Spiller.
The team is now 4-9 and will have another date in Florida as they play the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday.