NFL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Buffalo|
(Saturday, August 23)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 27, Buffalo 14
Orchard Park, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers built a big
halftime lead behind touchdowns from Doug Martin and Mike Evans and held on to
beat the Buffalo Bills 27-14 on Saturday
Josh McCown passed for 112 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the
first half as the Buccaneers got their first win in three preseason games.
Evans had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown one day after a video
surfaced showing the wide receiver in a brawl outside a Miami-area nightclub.
Evans' agent told the Tampa Bay Times the altercation took place in March --
before he was drafted No. 7 in May -- and not last weekend as TMZ reported. No
one was arrested over the fight, agent Deryk Gilmore said.
Martin had 12 carries for 38 yards and Mike Glennon completed five of his
seven passes for 44 yards in the second half. Connor Barth and Patrick Murray
kicked field goals in the win.
EJ Manuel played three quarters for the Bills and passed for 198 yards and a
touchdown but also turned the ball over twice on a fumble and an interception.
Buffalo played without rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins (ribs) and lost for
the third time in four preseason games.
C.J. Spiller rushed for 36 yards and Fred Jackson and Mike Williams scored
touchdowns in the loss.
Manuel was intercepted on the first Bills drive and Spiller fumbled on the
second, leading to Martin's 1-yard touchdown for a 7-0 Buccaneers lead after a
21-yard touchdown catch by Martin was overturned because he was short of the
Manuel's fumble in the second quarter was returned 17 yards for a touchdown by
Bucs tackle Clinton McDonald and Evans caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from
McCown with 1:05 remaining to give Tampa Bay a 24-0 lead at halftime.
The Bills scored on consecutive possessions in the third quarter. Manuel and
Williams connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap an 85-yard drive and
Jackson rushed for an 8-yard score to get them within 24-14.
Both teams end the preseason on Thursday, the Bucs against the Redskins and
the Bills against the Lions.
08/23 20:17:41 ET