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December 8, 2013

Bills stomped by Buccaneers, 27-6

Buffalo QB Manuel throws four interceptions in defeat

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TAMPA, Fla. —

"I think we're playing really good football right now, and all of it starts with our defense," Glennon said. "With how many turnovers they're forcing."
Buffalo continued where it left off in a 34-31 overtime loss to Atlanta. The Bills lost fumbles on their final two possessions of that game, Stevie Johnson in the final minute of the fourth quarter and Scott Chandler two plays into OT.
This Sunday, they turned it over three times within a four-possession span of the second quarter, a stretch that might have been game-changing if Glennon hadn't thrown two interceptions.
After outgaining the Bills 169 yards to 38 while building a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, the Bucs were limited to 77 yards the rest of the way to finish with 246.
It didn't matter.
With Manuel throwing two more interceptions in the third quarter, the Bills never made a serious move to get back in the game, finishing with field goals of 40 and 46 yards by Dan Carpenter. Manuel hit C.J. Spiller on an 83-yard scoring play that was wiped out by a fourth-quarter holding penalty.
"Disappointing day in my performance," Manuel said. "It starts with me, especially on offense. I'm the quarterback. I'm a leader. These guys feed off of me. Didn't do a good job today. Plain and simple. Got to get better."
Manuel was picked off twice in the second quarter. Leodis McKelvin fumbled a fair catch on a punt inside the Buffalo 20, and a roughing-the-passer penalty — albeit a borderline call — against Jairus Byrd helped set up Glennon's TD pass to Wright that extended Tampa Bay's lead to 24-3 at the half.
Byrd also had the 22nd interception of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on Buffalo's list. Stephon Gilmore's interception six minutes later prevented Tampa Bay from turning McKelvin's fumble into points.
Linebacker Lavonte David had two of Tampa Bay's four interceptions. He also had a sack.
 

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