A couple of weeks prior, if the devoted followers of the Buffalo Bills were eagerly anticipating the announcement of their schedule,
especially for the match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Thursday night showdown at Highmark Stadium may have appeared as an easy victory.
Nevertheless, it’s quite likely that Buffalo’s supporters had similar expectations for the Bills’ recent clashes with the Giants and the Patriots in the last two weeks, and the outcome turned out quite differently.
They narrowly evaded a defeat in their face-off against the Giants, as they found themselves trailing 1-5, unable to secure that crucial touchdown from the 1-yard line during the final moments of the game.
Then, a humiliating defeat against the Patriots, who started with a 1-5 record last Sunday.
So, it wouldn’t be fair to take lightly the way the Bills have played recently, and besides the walkover against the Buccaneers’ Amazon Prime game, there might be something more in store.
Final Score: Buffalo Bills 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
The Bills stopped the Buccaneers. With 21 seconds remaining, they entered the red zone for one last chance. Baker Mayfield threw incomplete passes to Rashard White (5 yards) and Mike Evans (8 yards), and a flag was raised for defensive offside on Von Miller with 4 seconds left.
Mayfield’s Hail Mary fell incomplete without touching anyone, and the game-winning touchdown opportunity was there for Chris Godwin if he had turned quickly.
Compared to Tampa Bay’s 302, Buffalo had a total of 427 yards, but the game came down to the wire. Josh Allen delivered an impressive performance, amassing 324 passing yards while securing two touchdowns and an interception.
Notably, four distinct receivers from the Bills gained 65 yards or more throughout the game. Meanwhile, Baker Mayfield demonstrated his skills with 237 yards and two touchdown passes out of 42 attempts.
As for the score in the Bills vs. Buccaneers matchup, Buffalo emerged victorious with a final score of 24-18, thanks to Baker Mayfield’s well-executed touchdown pass to Mike Evans. The Tampa Bay team executed a remarkable 17-play drive, covering a distance of 92 yards.
This drive was highlighted by Rashad White’s fantastic catch-and-run play, gaining 20 crucial yards and positioning the offense at the 9-yard line.
White caught two more at 9 yards to change. It appeared that Tampa Bay threw an incomplete pass on fourth down, but the Buccaneers were called for illegal contact on cornerback Terron Johnson to give them a new set of downs.
Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was flagged for a facemask on the Bills’ 39 on the next fourth down. At the next fourth down, Mayfield passed for a 24+ yard touchdown to Mike Evans. Mayfield connected Cad Oatman for the successful two-point conversion. Sam Martin pinned Tampa Bay deep again – 14:02 in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo’s car stalled as soon as it entered Tampa Bay territory. Sam Martin’s well-placed 43-yard punt positioned Tampa Bay at their own 4-yard line, marking the third instance in the game where the Buccaneers had to commence their offensive series from inside their 5-yard line.
Despite the challenging field position, the Buccaneers struggled to make headway, resulting in a three-and-out sequence occurring at the 3:33 mark of the third quarter. Jake Kamara has punted five times.
Tampa Bay started with terrible field position at their own 3-yard line, gained 9 yards on the first play, and punted.
Dalton Kincaid made an incredible catch, but the Bills punted – 4:53 in the third quarter. Buffalo only needs one more tight finish tonight. Rookie Dalton Kincaid opened the third down with an acrobatic catch, leaping backward to catch a 15-yard reception with both feet inbounds.
After three plays, Stephen Diggs could not connect with Josh Allen. Sam Martin’s first punt of the night went 48 yards, taking the Buccaneers out of the 3-yard line.
Tampa Bay couldn’t respond offensively – 8:29 in the third quarter. The Buccaneers first picked one up and then punted. Baker Mayfield ran 11 yards, but on the next third down, his pocket collapsed, and he rushed for 2 yards on third and 5.
Bills vs. Buccaneers Score: Buffalo 24, Tampa Bay 10 Josh Allen’s TD pass to Gabe Davis
Speed is up. Play-action. Touchdown. Buffalo’s offense looks like last year. To start the second half, the Bills took 75 yards in nine plays at 4:20, limiting Gabe Davis to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen. The drive started with an 18-yard catch by Dalton Kincaid. Davis had three receptions.
At halftime, the scoreboard displayed a reading of Buffalo Bills 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10.
The second half witnessed a significant improvement in Buffalo’s offensive performance, a stark contrast to their recent showings over the past few weeks. Josh Allen orchestrated an impressive display, completing 15 passes for a total of 179 yards, which included a touchdown as well as an interception.
On the receiving end, wide receiver Khalil Shakir made a notable contribution with four catches, amassing a total of 69 yards for the Bills. On the other side, Baker Mayfield showcased his skills, completing 12 out of 20 passes for a total of 118 yards, coupled with a touchdown that added to Buffalo’s offensive prowess.
Bills vs. Buccaneers Score: Buffalo 17, Tampa Bay 10, with Josh Allen’s TD pass to Dalton Kincaid
Dalton Kincaid scored his first NFL touchdown.
After Allen’s interception, the Bills had a strong response as they covered 75 yards in nine plays, ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third and 12th game. When Allen was under pressure,
he escaped from the pocket and somehow found Kincaid wide open, who, after Allen’s quick throw, had no one in front of him along the way to the end zone.
Bills vs. Buccaneers Score: Buffalo 10, Tampa Bay 10, after Baker Mayfield’s TD pass to Chris Godwin
The Bills’ struggle in this game felt like they were ending at the beginning. They enjoyed a firm grip on the game when the score read 10-0, but in a matter of moments, the contest was all square at 10-10.
After the kickoff in the first game, Josh Allen was under pressure by Anthony Winfield, who blitzed, forcing Allen to throw the ball away, and Will Gholston made the interception at 23 yards.
Following a mere two plays, Baker Mayfield executed a precision pass to Rashad White, covering a considerable 20-yard distance with a screen pass. Subsequently, he skillfully delivered a touchdown throw, spanning three yards and finding its mark in the capable hands of Chris Godwin.
Josh Allen threw an interception in the first game, William Gholston made an interception – 7:40 in the second quarter
Josh Allen returned from the medical tent and immediately threw an interception. Allen was under pressure from Anthony Winfield, who blitzed and Will Gholston picked it up for the Bills at the 23-yard line.