Defense steps up as Bucs get 27-6 win vs. Bills
TAMPA -- The Bucs got an 80-yard touchdown run by Bobby Rainey on their second play, a huge game on defense and two more touchdowns from Mike Glennon, cruising to a surprisingly easy 27-6 win against Buffalo on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bucs (4-9) held the Bills (4-9) to just 70 yards in the first half -- rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel threw four interceptions, as many as he had totaled all season entering the game. Linebacker Lavonte David had two of those picks -- one after a crushing hit by cornerback Darrelle Revis -- and Johnthan Banks and Mason Foster also had interceptions.
Rainey broke loose for the longest run in Bucs history and a 7-0 lead, and Glennon hooked up with Vincent Jackson and Tim Wright for touchdowns in building a 24-3 lead at halftime. Another touchdown was overturned as officials ruled Jackson was out of bounds, but the defense kept the Bills out of reach, even as the offense again struggled to score in the second half.
Neither rookie quarterback had a particularly strong day -- Glennon had the two touchdowns, but was 9-for-24 with two interceptions in the first three quarters, still better than Manuel, who was 13-for-24 for 136 yards with four INTs and no touchdowns. Buffalo came in with an NFL-high 43 sacks, but the offensive line kept Glennon safe most of the games, with the Bucs defense as the ones with the consistent pressure.