Allen leads Bills to win over Bucs

by Gary Shelton on October 27, 2023

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Friday, 4 a.m.

Remember all of those dire predictions about the Tampa Bay Bucs?

Remember how people doubted the castoff quarterback? The offensive line? The pass rush? The versatility?

Well, lookee here.

The Tampa Bay Bucs lost their third straight football game Thursday night, falling to Buffalo 24-18. It was the kind of disappointment that critics had predicted for the Bucs, only to be fooled by a fast start.

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The Bills, also disappointing this year at 4-3 coming in, were able to ride the star power of Josh Allen to their victory. Allen hit 31 of 40 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 41 yards and another score.

Still, the Bucs came close at the end when Baker Mayfield hit Mike Evans on a 24-yard pass that hit a defender’s helmet, then scored on a two-point conversion when Cade Otton caught a deflected pass to close to within six points.

The Bucs still had 2:44 to play and all three timeouts. However, they were unable to get a quick stop on defense.

Mayfield threw for 237 yards and two scores. Still, it was not one of his stronger games.

Lavonte David had 14 tackles to lead the Bucs’ defense. That defense gave up 407 yards, the second straight game it has given up more than 400.

Tampa Bay fell behind 10-0, then rallied for the tie. However, Buffalo stormed back with two touchdowns to take a 14-point lead.

The Bucs travel to Houston a week from Sunday to play the Texans  at 1 p.m.

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