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Bucs-Bills: What they're saying, numbers

The poll

Following last week's loss to the Panthers, do you look back on the Bucs' three-game win streak as a mirage or a sign of better days ahead?

Mirage: 57 percent

Sign of better days ahead: 43 percent

By the numbers

6-3 Bucs' record against the Bills

7 Games this season the Bills and Bucs have lost during which they led, tied with the Texans for most in the NFL

13 Consecutive seasons the Bills have missed the playoffs, the longest active drought in the NFL

139.7 Average rushing yards allowed by the Bucs over the past three games

206 Bucs' yards of offense last week, their fewest since 166 in a Sept. 23, 2012, loss at Dallas

What they're saying

There will be an embarrassment of defensive tackle riches on the field in Raymond James Stadium. The Bills' defensive tackle duo of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus is the best in the NFL, according to Tampa Bay's Gerald McCoy, a good judge of talent considering he made the Pro Bowl last season at the position.

Jay Skurski Buffalo News

The Bucs surrendered the 13th pick in the 2013 draft plus a probable third-rounder in 2014 and gave Darrelle Revis a deal that could pay him as much as $96 million over six years (albeit with no guaranteed money). Coming off his ACL injury of 2012, Revis has been anything but vintage Revis of shutdown fame. He has two interceptions for the 3-9 Bucs. The Jets used that pick to take Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, one of the strongest candidates for the league's defensive rookie of the year honor.

Don Banks Sports Illustrated

The Bucs simply need to go ahead and put Carl Nicks on injured reserve. Even if he was ready to play, there's really no reason to bring back Nicks for the final four games of a lost season. When he's healthy, Nicks is considered one of the best guards in the league. The prudent thing for the Bucs to do would be to shut Nicks down for the rest of this season and let him focus on getting back to full health for next season.

Pat Yasinskas ESPN

The picks

This is the type of game where the road team's lack of motivation will show up. What are the Bills playing for now after losing last week? So I see Greg Schiano getting Mike Glennon back on track against a Bills defense that is just okay. Bucs, 23-14.

Pete Prisco CBS Sports

If you want to complain about a December NFL game with no playoff implications, think of how you'll feel two months from now, when there are no NFL games at all. For this specific meaningless game, I'll go with the team that has shown a bit more fight in recent weeks. Bucs, 24-21.

Mike Florio Profootballtalk.com

Two teams playing out the string. Go with the home squad. Bucs, 24-17.

Barry Wilner Associated Press

Bucs vs. Bills

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium

TV/radio: Ch. 10; 620-AM, 103.5-FM, 95.3-FM

Line/over-under: Bucs by 2½; 42½

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17

Jets 18, Bucs 17

0-1

Saints 16, Bucs 14

0-2

Patriots 23, Bucs 3

0-3

Cards 13, Bucs 10

0-4

Eagles 31, Bucs 20

0-5

Falcons 31, Bucs 23

0-6

Panthers 31, Bucs 13

0-7

'Hawks 27, Bucs 24 OT

0-8

Bucs 22, Dolphins 19

1-8

Bucs 41 Falcons 28

2-8

Bucs 24 Lions 21

3-8

Panthers 27, Bucs 6

3-9

Bills

1 today Ch. 10

49ers

1 Dec. 15 Ch. 13

Rams

1 Dec. 22 Ch. 13

Saints

1 Dec. 29 Ch. 13

Bucs-Bills: What they're saying, numbers 12/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 5:53pm]
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