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December 8, 2013

Bills stomped by Buccaneers, 27-6

Buffalo QB Manuel throws four interceptions in defeat

TAMPA, Fla. —

TAMPA, Fla. — Buffalo coach Doug Marrone didn't mince any words after a one-sided loss.
Rookie Mike Glennon threw two touchdown passes to pace the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 27-6 victory over the struggling Bills on Sunday.
The Bills have lost five of six, are assured of finishing without a winning record for the ninth straight season, and also are likely to extend the NFL's longest current playoff drought to 14 consecutive seasons.
"I find it very difficult after that game to stand up here and defend a lot of things," said Marrone after a lengthy postgame team meeting.
"I thought we played poorly, actually I shouldn't say I thought, I know we played poorly in all three phases. I can't stand up here and make excuses. I can only promise you that we're going to work harder. We're going to get this thing fixed. I'm not going to lie. We let down ownership. Let down the fans."
Bobby Rainey scored on an 80-yard run on the second play of the day, and the Bucs (4-9) intercepted EJ Manuel four times en route to their fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start.
Manuel, Buffalo's first-round draft pick out of Florida State, was sacked seven times and doubled his interception total for the season.
"We just have to figure out what's going on with this team," Manuel said. "I think we really have to find our identity as a team. We have three games left. We really need to finish strong moving on into the offseason and things like that."
Glennon wasn't exactly sensational following a 27-6 loss at Carolina, going 9 of 25 for 90 yards. But he had TD throws of 5 yards to Tim Wright and 38 to Vincent Jackson, who had three receptions for 70 yards to surpass 1,000 for the season for the second straight year. Rainey finished with 127 yards on 22 carries.

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