Bucs, not Bills, take over game with sack attack
TAMPA -- So much of the talk entering Sunday's game was how Buffalo led the NFL with 43 sacks, but it was the Bucs defense -- 28th in sacks coming in -- that stole the spotlight Sunday, piling up a season-high seven sacks in a 27-6 win against the Bills.
"We're just finishing plays, making the plays we weren't making before," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who had his seventh sack, still good for the team lead. "We were in position before."
Seven different Bucs had a hand in sacks Sunday -- blitzing defensive backs like Darrelle Revis and Mark Barron had one each, as did linebacker Lavonte David. Rookie defensive end William Gholston had one of his own and split another with Da'Quan Bowers, and defensive tackle Derek Landri had his first sack since 2011.
"We got there a couple times. Actually a lot of times, just followed the game plan," said defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who added a tackle for loss. "When we all play together and play sound, we can't be beat."
Sunday's seven sacks were as many as the Bucs had totaled in their previous five games, including all three previous wins. Tampa Bay opened the year strong with five and four sacks in the first two games, but hadn't had more than three in any game since.
Asked about Buffalo's offensive line play Sunday, Bills center Eric Wood said it had more to do with the scoreboard than the Bucs' defense.
"Bad," he said, "but you show any offensive line that played good when you're down 21 points in the second quarter and I'd love to see it. You let a talented front tee off on you, play after play, they're going to get home. ... That's generally how it works."