Prior to kickoff, both teams updated their followers with respective injury updates. From the Bills, rookie WR Sammy Watkins and DT Kyle Williams would miss, among others. Buccaneers.com's Scott Smith notes the Bucs injuries.
These six Bucs will definitely not play today: Mike Jenkins, Mike James, Charles Sims, Danny Gorrer, Da'Quan Bowers & William Gholston. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
And we're underway.
Football is on TV — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 23, 2014
Thanks for that NFL: Around the League. The Bills received the opening kickoff and managed a first down before the Buccaneers created the day's first turnover, as announced by ESPN and Jenna Laine.
The Buccaneers first chance on offense would end with a three-and-out and the starting defense took the field again. In the first quarter of the first two games, the Bucs starters held opponents to just seven rushing yards on 11 runs with only three offensive points. Gerald McCoy (@geraldini93) and company would continue that dominance with a quick three-and-out. Here are some notes from Bucs' Twitter reporters.
Nice play by McDonald — Stephen White (@sgw94) August 23, 2014
Solid defense thus far. — JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) August 23, 2014
Tampa 2 at its finest. Check down and now Bills will punt. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) August 23, 2014
Again, the Bucs offense would leave the field disappointed, this time with an interception. Scott Smith calls it.
Each team now has an interception that seemed to largely be the result of a tight end slipping. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
But Tampa Bay would get it right back after the second Bucs' forced turnover of the game. More analysis from the Bucs and company.
David drilled him! Fumble recovery Foster. Buc Ball! — JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) August 23, 2014
Starting in Buffalo territory at the 39, the Bucs offense would finally string together some positive plays, with Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) placing the exclamation point. Here's Pewter Report and Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman with how they saw the drive.
Nice run by Martin on first down between the tackles. — PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) August 23, 2014
Touchdown Bucs -- Josh McCown hits Doug Martin across middle for 22-yard touchdown on third down ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
The score would go under review.
But, just one play later, we go back to Tom Krasniqi again, this time with some good news.
UPDATE: No TD for Doug Martin on the pass play. Down at the 1 yard line. Next play: Martin in for the 1 yd TD. TB 7 BUF 0 — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 23, 2014
It was more of the same when the defense took the field. TBO.com's Roy Cummings and Bucs Nation talk the most recent three-and-out.
Clinton McDonald with a big QB hit on Manuel to force a bad throw on that third-and-10 — Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) August 23, 2014
Bills have already had four offensive drives and we're only 10 minutes into Q1. — Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) August 23, 2014
The offense would take over again. Ultimately, the Bucs would be forced to punt, but not before Doug Martin put up even more notable highlights.
Doug Martin running well -- gains of 5 and 6 for first down. He's at 23 yards on six carries, with 21-yard catch ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Doug Martin is ready. — JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) August 23, 2014
After taking the punt, the Bills offense would get rolling for the first time of the afternoon.
Bills get 18 yards on Spiller run, another 20 on Mike Williams' catch, so they're out to their 45 ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Again, however, the drive would stall, thanks to another great string of Bucs defensive plays and a series of Bills penalties. Twitter, would you mind telling me what was the down-and-distance is?
Bills facing a third-and-40 after another penalty and loss of down ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
3rd and 40. — Pat Yasinskas (@PatYazESPN) August 23, 2014
Third and 40. Just saying. — Captain Fear (@THECaptainFear) August 23, 2014
It's now 3rd and 40 for the Bills! — PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) August 23, 2014
Um, third and 40 for the Bills. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) August 23, 2014
Bills complete a pass -- but for less than 40 yards -- so it's a punt coming. — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Thanks, everyone. Tampa Bay would get it back at their 48-yard line, and put together another solid scoring drive led by Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12). The Connor Barth (@contbarth) FG would make it 10-0.
Bucs offense on the move. Short catches by Jackson and Evans — PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) August 23, 2014
Josh McCown executes a play-action, turns around and sees nothing but green in front of him, so he simply gallops for 19 yards. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
Same story, different drive. The Buccaneers starting defense was again lights out, with the third turnover of the game featuring Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) and Clinton McDonald. Here's how social saw it.
Adrian Clayborn with a sack, forces fumble, Clinton McDonald recovers for TD for Bucs ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Clayborn has been all over the place. — Leo (@LeoHowell8) August 23, 2014
Takeaways have now led to 14 of the Bucs' 17 points so far, including 7 points that were scored directly by the defense. THAT is the plan. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
A kickoff later and another three-and-out for the Bills offense with another new name making big plays on defense.
Larry English, the former 1st-round SD pick recently signed by the Bucs, has a real shot to make the team. He just got his first Buc sack. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
The Bucs took over this time from their own 18-yard line and converted on two straight third-down tries with catches by Vincent Jackson (@VincentTJackson).
Another third-down conversion from McCown to Jackson -- those two have done that three times in first half today. First and 10 at Bills 41. — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
With the clock under two minutes, the Bucs would add seven more points. We go to ESPN, NFL Network and WFLA for the score:
Another successful showing from the first team defense, and some fireworks from the starting offense in the third preseason game. Some halftime numbers:
The Bucs would get ball first in second half, with Mike Glennon (@Mike_Glennon) under center. The drive featured a couple nice plays for Bucs newcomers, but ultimately Tampa Bay was forced to punt.
Glennon in at QB — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) August 23, 2014
Starters in at every other position it appears. Receivers are different. Louis Murphy in now. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) August 23, 2014
Glennon, too, sharp on third down -- conversion on 13-yard pass to Louis Murphy ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Austin Seferian-Jenkins showing off his big-man athleticism, hurdling over a low tackler to complete an 11-yard reception. — Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) August 23, 2014
We turn it back over to TBT's Greg Auman to call the defensive replacement and a solid goal-line showing from the Bucs backups.
Bucs open second half with basically No. 2 defense on field -- Banks is only starter still out there ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Bills moving the ball well vs. Bucs' No. 2 defense. Gains of 21, 9, 9, 7 and 23 yards, now at Bucs' 21 ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Former first-round pick Larry English with his second sack of the game for Bucs ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
Manuel forced out of bounds for 7-yard loss, officially a sack for Steven Means, playing in his hometown of Buffalo ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
The drive would end with the first Bills score of the night, cutting the lead to 17.
Manuel leads a touchdown drive against Bucs' 2nd unit D. Mike Williams with a 14-yard TD catch against his former team — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) August 23, 2014
After a quick Bucs three-and-out, the Bills first-team offense again drove and scored against the Buccaneers second-stringers. The Bucs still held the lead, 24-14.
With the Bills back on the field, the replacements came into the game, with Dennis Dixon spelling EJ Manuel. The Buccaneers would force a fumble, but the call was overruled. The Tampa Bay offense would later take over after turnover on downs from the Bills' 40-yard line.
This time, the Mike Glennon-led offense efficiently moved the ball against Bills' backup defense with some highlights and the score:
Nice throw from Glennon to Owusu for a first down. — Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) August 23, 2014
Jeff Demps running the ball well on this drive. Bucs have driven to the Bills' 26 ... — Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 23, 2014
The teams would trade possessions to end the fourth quarter and the final whistle blew with the Bucs notching their first victory of the preseason. We'll see you again on Thursday at 7:30 PM from Raymond James Stadium as your @TBBuccaneers take on the Washington Redskins.