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Bucs-Bills: Scouting report

Projected starters

BUCS

Offense

WR: Vincent Jackson 83

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Jamon Meredith 79

C: Jeremy Zuttah 62

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Demar Dotson 69

TE: Tim Wright 81

WR: Tiquan Underwood 11

QB: Mike Glennon 8

RB: Bobby Rainey 43

FB: Erik Lorig 41

defense

DE: Daniel Te'o Nesheim 50

DT: Gerald McCoy 93

DT: Akeem Spence 97

DE: Adrian Clayborn 94

SLB: Dekoda Watson 56

MLB: Mason Foster 59

WLB: Lavonte David 54

CB: Darrelle Revis 24

CB: Johnthan Banks 27

SS: Mark Barron 23

FS: Dashon Goldson 38

Special teams

P/KO: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Rian Lindell 4

LS: Andrew Economos 48

KR/PR: Eric Page 17

Bills

offense

WR: Stevie Johnson 13

LT: Cordy Glenn 77

LG: Doug Legursky 59

C: Eric Wood 70

RG: Kraig Urbik 60

RT: Erik Pears 79

TE: Lee Smith 85

WR: Robert Woods 10

QB: EJ Manuel 3

RB: C.J. Spiller 28

FB: Frank Summers 38

defense

DE: Alan Branch 90

DT: Kyle Williams 95

DT: Marcell Dareus 99

DE: Mario Williams 94

SLB: Manny Lawson 91

MLB: Kiko Alonso 50

WLB: Arthur Moats 52

CB: Leodis McKelvin 21

CB: Stephon Gilmore 24

SS: Aaron Williams 23

FS: Jairus Byrd 31

Special teams

P: Brian Moorman 8

PK/KO: Dan Carpenter 2

LS: Garrison Sanborn 65

PR: Leodis McKelvin 21

KR: Marquise Goodwin 88

Injury report

BUCS Out: G Carl Nicks (foot). Questionable: DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee), DT Gary Gibson (calf), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), WR Chris Owusu (hamstring). Probable: G Davin Joseph (knee), CB Darrelle Revis (chest, shoulder), DT Akeem Spence (wrist).

Bills — Probable: WR Marquise Goodwin (calf), DT Kyle Williams (Achilles).

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium | TV/radio: Ch. 10; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM | Line, O/U: Bucs by 2½, 42½

Will the Bucs' final four games have some of the optimism of their recent three-game win streak or more of the struggles of an 0-8 start revisited in last week's 27-6 loss at Carolina? Today offers, perhaps, the Bucs' most winnable remaining game. It comes against a Buffalo team that has dropped four of its past five as well as four of five road games this season.

What the Bills do best

Run the ball with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. Buffalo has the NFL's only pair of 600-yard rushers, combining for the league's No. 4 rushing attack at 139.2 yards per game. Watch them as receivers, too. They have a combined 60 catches.

How you beat the Bills

Don't let their nonstandard trademarks, a no-huddle offense and a multiple-look defense that leads the NFL with 43 sacks, become the defining aspects of the game. That means preparedness and recognition on both sides of the ball, especially by rookie QB Mike Glennon.

Bills' top offensive player

C.J. Spiller has disappointed compared to last year's success. But he's still a dangerous back, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Sound tackling will go a long way toward limiting his big-play threat should he break loose into the open.

Bills' top defensive player

We could point to DE Mario Williams and his 12 sacks. But instead, we'll feature rookie LB Kiko Alonso (left), who has a team-high 125 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble and two recoveries.

The Bucs must avoid …

Giving up sacks as they have in the past two weeks. That's nine in two games, and Buffalo counts on creating turnovers with pressure in the backfield. What's overlooked is the Bucs leading the NFL in interceptions and tied for fourth in turnover margin and plus-10.

The pick

Bills 27, Bucs 24

Unit rankings

OFFENSEDEFENSE
Run PassTotalRunPassTotal
Bucs106.2 (22nd)189.1 (30th)295.3 (31st)106.8 (12th)246.0 (18th)352.8 (16th)
Bills139.2 (4th)198.1 (29th)337.3 (t16th)121.5 (24th)232.6 (15th)354.1 (17th)

Bucs-Bills: Scouting report 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 7:05pm]
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