Bucs click on offense, defense in rout of Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Bucs came together on offense and defense Saturday night, getting three takeaways on the way to a 24-0 halftime lead in what ended up a 27-14 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The defense got a touchdown on a 17-yard fumble recovery by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and Josh McCown overcame an early interception to go 13-for-16 for 112 yards and a 26-yard touchdown to rookie Mike Evans. Running back Doug Martin played well and opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown.
The Bucs held Buffalo to 82 yards in the first half, then turned to their backups in the second half. The Bills struck for touchdown drives of 85 and 60 yards in the third quarter, but Tampa Bay got what it wanted from both sides of the ball when it mattered. Safety Dashon Goldson had an interception on the opening drive, and the Bucs got another turnover on a fumble forced by linebacker Lavonte David and recovered by linebacker Mason Foster.
Tampa Bay will begin the process of paring down its roster on Sunday, with 15 cuts needed by Tuesday, then another 22 by next weekend to get to the final 53-man roster. The Bucs close the preseason at home Thursday night against the Redskins.