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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Preseason Week 3: Bucs lead Bills 27-14 ...



Greetings from Orchard Park, N.Y., where the Bucs and Bills kick off at 4:30 p.m. in the next-to-last game of the 2014 preseason. We'll have updates throughout the game on Twitter -- make sure you follow @gregauman and @NFLstroud.

7:10 p.m.: Lots of Bills penalties to help a 13-play Bucs drive that ran nearly eight minutes off the clock. Patrick Murray connects on a 27-yard field goal for a 27-14 lead with 4:49 left.

6:45 p.m.: The Bucs have pulled their No. 1 defense after halftime, and it's showing. Buffalo has touchdown drives of 85 and 60 yards, cutting what was a dominating 24-0 lead to 24-14 in the third quarter. With the starters in, this was an impressive game for the Bucs ...

5:55 p.m.: Strong, sustained drive by Bucs offense -- Josh McCown went 6-for-7 for 63 yards on the drive, converting two third downs to Vincent Jackson, then lobbing a ball to Mike Evans for a 26-yard touchdown and a 24-0 lead with 1:05 left in the half.

5:35 p.m.: Lovie Smith will be thrilled his defense forced three takeaways in the first half -- a sack by Adrian Clayborn saw Michael Johnson reach in and strip the ball from Bills QB E.J. Manuel, and DT Clinton McDonald scooped up the loose ball and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0 lead. After forcing one turnover in the first two games, the Bucs have three today.

5:25 p.m.: Bucs extend their lead to 10-0 on a 43-yard Connor Barth field goal with 9:58 left in the first half. Tampa Bay converted a third-and-5 on a short pass to Vincent Jackson, then saw Josh McCown scramble for a 19-yard gain.

4:55 p.m.: Bucs jump out to an early 7-0 lead, despite a rough start on offense. A Bills fumble -- forced by Lavonte David, recovered by Mason Foster -- set the Bucs up in Buffalo territory. Josh McCown hit Doug Martin for what looked like a 22-yard touchdown on third down, but he was ruled down inside the 1. Martin followed with a 1-yard touchdown for the early lead.

Bucs are in all-white uniforms today, with several key players held out with injuries -- three of the top five corners are out in Mike Jenkins, Rashaan Melvin and Danny Gorrer, as well as defensive ends Da'Quan Bowers and Will Gholston and running back Mike James.

Newly acquired offensive guard Rishaw Johnson -- picked up in a trade with the Chiefs on Thursday -- is dressed for the Bucs and wearing No. 65. He was lining up as a third-team guard in warmups ... 

[Last modified: Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:10pm]


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