Final

Bills 6

(4-9, 1-5 away)

Buccaneers 27

(4-9, 3-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 8, 2013

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 3 0 3 06
TB 14 10 3 027

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manuel (BUF) - 184 YDS, 4 INT

Rushing: B. Rainey (TB) - 22 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: V. Jackson (TB) - 3 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD

Bucs' Mike Glennon saves face with 2 TD passes in rout of Bills

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making a case for saving coach Greg Schiano's job with a strong second-half turnaround.

The Bucs (4-9) beat the struggling Buffalo Bills 27-6 Sunday for their fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start that placed Schiano's future in jeopardy.

"We just don't quit, and that all starts with our head coach. That's how he is," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. "He's very consistent with his effort, and nothing really changes with how he prepares and how he comes to work every day that makes you want to work harder for that guy."

Bobby Rainey scored on an 80-yard run on the second play of the game, Mike Glennon threw two touchdowns, and the McCoy-led defense forced five turnovers and sacked EJ Manuel seven times.

"Our preparation is the same. We're just finishing games," McCoy said. "We're making the plays that we weren't making before."

The Bills have lost five of six, are assured of finishing without a winning record for the ninth straight year, and also are in danger of extending the NFL's longest current playoff drought to 14 consecutive seasons.

Bills coach Doug Marrone held a team meeting after the game.

"I find it very difficult after that game to stand up here and defend a lot of things," Marrone said.

"I thought we played poorly. Actually, I shouldn't say I thought, I know we played poorly in all three phases," the coach added. "We had penalties. We had turnovers. We had misreads. We had missed tackles. We had things go wrong for us that there have been times during the year where we've been making improvement on it."

Glennon wasn't exactly sensational coming off a 27-6 loss at Carolina, going 9 of 25 for 90 yards. But he had TD throws of 5 yards to Tim Wright and 38 to Vincent Jackson, who had three receptions for 70 yards to go over 1,000 for the season for the second straight year. Rainey finished with 127 yards on 22 carries.

Buffalo, meanwhile, took up where it left off in a 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta. The Bills lost fumbles on their final two possessions of that game, Stevie Johnson in the final minute of the fourth quarter and Scott Chandler two plays into OT.

This Sunday, they turned it over three times within a four-possession span of the second quarter, a stretch that might have been game-changing if Glennon hadn't thrown two interceptions.

"We just have to figure out what's going on with this team," said Manuel, the first-round draft pick out of Florida State who doubled his interception total for the season.

"I think we really have to find our identity," the rookie added, " We have three games left, we really need to finish strong moving on into the offseason and things like that."

After outgaining the Bills 169 yards to 38 while building a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, the Bucs were limited to 77 net yards the rest of the way to finish with 246.

It didn't matter.

With Manuel throwing two interceptions in the second quarter and two more in the third, the Bills never made a serious move to get back in the game, finishing with field goals of 40 and 46 yards by Dan Carpenter. Manuel hit C.J. Spiller on an 83-yard scoring play that was wiped out by a fourth-quarter holding penalty.

Leodis McKelvin muffed a fair catch on a punt inside the Buffalo 20, and a roughing-the-passer penalty -- albeit a borderline call -- against Jairus Byrd helped set up Glennon's TD pass to Wright that extended Tampa Bay's lead to 24-3 at the half.

Byrd also had the 22nd interception of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on Buffalo's all-time list. Stephon Gilmore's pick six minutes later prevented Tampa Bay from turning McKelvin's muff into points.

Linebacker Lavonte David had two of Tampa Bay's four interceptions. He also had a sack.

"We're playing really good football right now, and it all starts with our defense, with how many turnovers they're forcing," Glennon said. "With the way our defense was playing, we did what we needed to do as an offense, and they did the rest. It's nice to see the second half of the season we're 4-1."

Game notes


Rainey's TD came 18 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Bucs history. ... Chandler had two catches for 24 yards, becoming the first Bills TE with consecutive 500-yard receiving seasons. ... David has an interception in Tampa Bay's past three games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUF
TB
1st Downs1413
Passing 1st downs
105
Rushing 1st downs
14
1st downs from Penalties
34
3rd down efficiency
1-114-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays6262
Total Yards214246
Yards per play3.54.0
Total Drives1514
Passing14781
Comp - Att
18-339-25
Yards per pass
4.53.2
Interceptions thrown
42
Sacks - Yards Lost
7-371-9
Rushing67165
Rushing Attempts
2236
Yards per rush
3.04.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-2
Penalties11-1148-76
Turnovers52
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
42
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession28:1031:50

Passing Leaders

BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manuel18/331845.6047-37
TBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Glennon9/25903.6221-9

Rushing Leaders

BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Manuel5295.8010
Spiller11222.007
TBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rainey221275.8180
Leonard7263.7012

Receiving Leaders

BUFRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson56713.403311
Jackson4266.50147
TBRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Jackson37023.31388
Wright22110.51163

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFTB
tbTD14:42Bobby Rainey 80 Yd Run (Rian Lindell Kick) 07
bufFG08:07Dan Carpenter 40 Yd 37
tbTD02:34Vincent Jackson 38 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick) 314
SECOND QUARTERBUFTB
tbFG10:45Rian Lindell 53 Yd 317
tbTD00:15Tim Wright 5 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick) 324
THIRD QUARTERBUFTB
bufFG10:19Dan Carpenter 46 Yd 624
tbFG00:07Rian Lindell 32 Yd 627

Research Notes

Bobby Rainey: 80-yard Rush TD is longest in Buccaneers history

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