EJ Manuel will attempt to win his first game on the road in 2013 against Tampa Bay. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
There’s not much to say about Buffalo’s pathetic performance today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Offensively, EJ Manuel had his worst outing of the year. The quarterback threw four interceptions and attempted to dink and dunk his way down the field. While Manuel wasn’t at fault for all of his interceptions, Manuel’s up and down season season hit a new low today.
Buffalo’s offensive line didn’t do Manuel and the Bills any favors either. Manuel found himself getting hit quite a bit as the Buccaneers sacked him six times. Multiple lineman were called for penalties on the day, including Eric Wood who was the weak link on the line. Wood’s biggest gaffe of the game was getting called for holding on a screen pass that C.J. Spiller took 83 yards for the touchdown. The holding penalty was especially bad as Spiller was past the player that Wood decided to hold.
Spiller and Jackson didn’t receive much help from the line and each struggled in the run game. Spiller was held to 22 yards on 11 carries and Jackson saw five carries for 12 yards.
Defensively, the Bills did a fairly good job in the second half. Unfortunately, the first half was a different story. The defense gave up an 80 yard run to Bobby Rainey on his first carry of the day and a wobbly 38 yard pass found itself in Vincent Jackson’s arms for another big play touchdown.
While those two plays were especially bad, the defense did pretty well the rest of the way. Tampa Bay had excellent field position all game thanks to Manuel’s interceptions, Leodis McKelvin’s muffed punt and many stalled drives.
For the game, Mike Glennon was held to 90 yards passing and Rainey was rather ineffective for the remainder of the game (21 carries for 47 yards).
The loss at least gives closure to any Bills fans holding out hope for a playoff appearance. Buffalo is now 4-9 and looking for it’s first road win under EJ Manuel.