Video Preview: Bucs (3-9) vs. Bills (4-8)
The 4-8 Buffalo Bills travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the 3-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bucs Insider Jenna Laine has a breakdown of what to expect.
The Bills boast the league’s top-ranked pass rush, with a league-leading 43 sacks, including 12.0 from defensive end Mario Williams, along with Kyle Williams, whose seven sacks are third among defensive tackles in the league, and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who has six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the season.
Throw in rookie tackling machine Kiko Alonso, who is to Buffalo what Lavonte David is to Tampa Bay, and outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, who has had six sacks in his last five games, and it’s easy to see the Bucs offensive line is in for a tough day.
The unit, once considered the team’s top-performing unit, has given up nine sacks over the last two weeks — the most in a two-game span since 2008 when Jeff Garcia was at the helm. Offensive tackles Donald Penn and Demar Dotson will need to fortify those edges to keep Glennon upright.
The Bills also feature the league’s top rushing tandem in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, whose 656 and 633 rushing yards make Buffalo the only team in the league with two running backs in the top 20 in total rushing yards.
Spiller has been particularly dangerous in the open field, with seven runs of 20 yards yards or more, which is fifth in the league.