Monday, December 27, 2010

Buffalo Offense Key In Win Over Tampa Bay

By Ross Everett

It wasn't a game for the ages by the Buffalo Bills, as they blew much of a 17 point lead to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Still, they did what they had to do and put some offense on the board en route to a 33-20 National Football League victory. The Bills shot out to a 17-0 first quarter lead before Tampa Bay answered with 14 of their own in the second quarter. After a scoreless third quarter they outscored Tampa 13-6 in the final stanza to seal the win.

NFL sports betting enthusiasts who took the Bills as -4 home favorites cashed their tickets with the pointspread cover. Despite a 1-1 straight up record, Buffalo improved to 2-0 against the spread. Tampa Bay has lost both of their 2009 NFL games straight up and against the number for a 0-2 mark in both categories. The combined 53 points put on the scoreboard went OVER the posted total of 41.

Terrell Owens capped the game with a long touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Trent Edwards expressed his excitement and seeing his team's new deep threat:

I was excited and he was excited. I don't really recall what was said, but I'm honestly hoping that that continues to happen. I think that's why we have him."

"We learned our lesson from last week and it's a valuable lesson we're going to need throughout the season. We have to finish games and that's what we did today."

Lee Evans also caught a touchdown pass from Edwards, and after the game praised his quarterback:

"It comes down to opportunities. I think Trent wasn't afraid to take any chances. You always have to have that threat of the deep play. I think we put it on the table today that we would."

A team long known for its suffocating defenses, Tampa Bay has struggled to stop opposing offenses in the first two NFL regular season games under new head coach Raheem Morris. The Bucs allowed over 900 yards of offense this season, a fact that defensive stalwart Ronde Barber stressed was unacceptable:

"They dialed up some things on us that we should have stopped but we didn't. Ask the coaches that. I'm not willing to make a statement on that. It's really unacceptable. Good defenses are good tackling defenses."

Morris, meanwhile, tried to project an aura of calm:

"I'm not worried about their confidence but these guys got to play better."

The Bills now host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, with Buffalo installed as +6 home underdogs. The total for the game has been set at 52. Buffalo will travel to Miami the following Sunday to play the Dolphins before returning home on 10/11 to take on the Cleveland Browns. Tampa Bay faces three tough NFC East opponents in the coming weeks, beginning with a Sunday home game against the New York Giants. The Bucs are +6 home underdogs in that game with the total set at 44.

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