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Social Rewind: Buccaneers vs. Bills

Posted Aug 24, 2014

The Buccaneers will leave Buffalo with their first preseason victory, with the starters putting on a dominant performance on both sides of the ball. Here’s how the game went down on social media, with a big emphasis on that stellar first half

Prior to kickoff, both teams updated their followers with respective injury updates. From the Bills, rookie WR Sammy Watkins and DT Kyle Williams would miss, among others. Buccaneers.com’s Scott Smith notes the Bucs injuries. And we’re underway. Thanks for that NFL: Around the League. The Bills received the opening kickoff and managed a first down before the Buccaneers created the day’s first turnover, as announced by ESPN and Jenna Laine. The Buccaneers first chance on offense would end with a three-and-out and the starting defense took the field again. In the first quarter of the first two games, the Bucs starters held opponents to just seven rushing yards on 11 runs with only three offensive points. Gerald McCoy (@geraldini93) and company would continue that dominance with a quick three-and-out. Here are some notes from Bucs’ Twitter reporters. Again, the Bucs offense would leave the field disappointed, this time with an interception. Scott Smith calls it. But Tampa Bay would get it right back after the second Bucs’ forced turnover of the game. More analysis from the Bucs and company. Starting in Buffalo territory at the 39, the Bucs offense would finally string together some positive plays, with Doug Martin (@DougMartin22) placing the exclamation point. Here’s Pewter Report and Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman with how they saw the drive. The score would go under review. But, just one play later, we go back to Tom Krasniqi again, this time with some good news. It was more of the same when the defense took the field. TBO.com’s Roy Cummings and Bucs Nation talk the most recent three-and-out. The offense would take over again. Ultimately, the Bucs would be forced to punt, but not before Doug Martin put up even more notable highlights. After taking the punt, the Bills offense would get rolling for the first time of the afternoon. Again, however, the drive would stall, thanks to another great string of Bucs defensive plays and a series of Bills penalties. Twitter, would you mind telling me what was the down-and-distance is? Thanks, everyone. Tampa Bay would get it back at their 48-yard line, and put together another solid scoring drive led by Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12). The Connor Barth (@contbarth) FG would make it 10-0. Same story, different drive. The Buccaneers starting defense was again lights out, with the third turnover of the game featuring Adrian Clayborn (@AJaClay) and Clinton McDonald. Here’s how social saw it. A kickoff later and another three-and-out for the Bills offense with another new name making big plays on defense. The Bucs took over this time from their own 18-yard line and converted on two straight third-down tries with catches by Vincent Jackson (@VincentTJackson). With the clock under two minutes, the Bucs would add seven more points. We go to ESPN, NFL Network and WFLA for the score: Another successful showing from the first team defense, and some fireworks from the starting offense in the third preseason game. Some halftime numbers: The Bucs would get ball first in second half, with Mike Glennon (@Mike_Glennon) under center. The drive featured a couple nice plays for Bucs newcomers, but ultimately Tampa Bay was forced to punt. We turn it back over to TBT’s Greg Auman to call the defensive replacement and a solid goal-line showing from the Bucs backups. The drive would end with the first Bills score of the night, cutting the lead to 17. After a quick Bucs three-and-out, the Bills first-team offense again drove and scored against the Buccaneers second-stringers. The Bucs still held the lead, 24-14. With the Bills back on the field, the replacements came into the game, with Dennis Dixon spelling EJ Manuel. The Buccaneers would force a fumble, but the call was overruled. The Tampa Bay offense would later take over after turnover on downs from the Bills’ 40-yard line. This time, the Mike Glennon-led offense efficiently moved the ball against Bills’ backup defense with some highlights and the score: The teams would trade possessions to end the fourth quarter and the final whistle blew with the Bucs notching their first victory of the preseason. We’ll see you again on Thursday at 7:30 PM from Raymond James Stadium as your @TBBuccaneers take on the Washington Redskins.