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Buffalo Bills news, 12/6: previewing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buffalo Bills head to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers. Get a taste of what to expect and much, much more in today's links.

Mike Ehrmann

Sometimes (Stevie) There Are No (Stevie) Extreme Answers (Stevie) | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE

"What the numbers bear out is that Johnson is a very good receiver who is relatively reliable and whose drama makes him less than an ideal guy. Remember how I often said Lee Evans was a terrific No.2 receiver but one of the world’s worst No. 1? Stevie’s a great No. 2 receiver and a 'meh' No. 1."


Inside The Bills | Lindell not bitter about release
"I have no one to blame but me, the way I see it," Lindell told the Tampa Bay Times. "The organization gave me so much. I don’t have any ill will toward anybody. If I would have made my kicks and hit my kickoffs better, things might have been different, but that’s on me."

New TE Tony Moeaki unlikely to suit up for Bills on Sunday - Bills Blitz
"Schematically, I don't want to give anything away, but obviously I don't think so," Marrone said. "I think it would be very difficult to get a player ready to go when you bring him in in the middle of the week."

Inside Edge: Bills at Buccaneers - ESPN Video - ESPN
"ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando delivers some stats to help you make a pick for Buffalo at Tampa Bay."

Countdown Daily Prediction: BUF-TB - ESPN Video - ESPN
"The NFL Live crew make their picks for Buffalo at Tampa Bay."

Bucs’ special-teams units thriving under ex-Bills defensive aide Wannstedt - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The Buccaneers are sixth in kickoff-return average, at 25.6 yards, and seventh in punt-return average at 11.3 yards. The Bucs’ kickoff coverage unit is allowing just 20.3 yards per return, which is tied for the best number in the NFL."

Enemy Lines: E.J. Manuel -
"Rookie QB E.J. Manuel has had a promising first season at the helm of Buffalo's offense, particularly when he's heeded his coaches' advice to get a bit more aggressive while still protecting the football."

Scouting Report: Buffalo Bills -
"Taking a closer look at the Bucs' opponent in Week 14, as Buffalo brings a dangerous pair of running backs and the league's best pass-rushing defensive front to Raymond James Stadium"

Heat Wave: Advantage Bucs? -
"Thursday Notes: Unseasonably warm weather made practice less enjoyable for the Buccaneers on Thursday but might turn into an edge this Sunday against Buffalo…And other notes"

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A breakdown of Buffalo's sacks in 2013 -
"After breaking down every sack Buffalo has made this season, we’ve uncovered some interesting and unusual trends with the Bills quarterback takedowns after 12 games played."

Facts about sacks -
"As the Bills pursue the franchise sack record, here's some notes about the Bills top takedown artists in 2013."

Highlights of Buffalo's 43 Sacks - VIDEO -
"Check out all 43 sacks the Bills have this season as they chase a franchise record."

Bills Focus: Buffalo Sack Attack Chasing History - VIDEO -
"The Buffalo Bills defense is on pace to get the most sacks in team history, and John Murphy takes a look at how the entire unit is working together to take down opposing quarterbacks. "

Inside The Bills | Hughes ranked 5th among edge rushers
"MMQB has Hughes ranked fifth in the league among edge rushers this season in their unique ranking of pressure points. See chart below."

Inside The Bills | Kyle honored by MMQB
"Against the porous Falcons offensive line, Williams had his best performance of the season with 4.75 Pressure Points: one solo sack, one sack assist, four hurries and two quarterback hits. Williams is a big reason the Bills have risen all the way to third, behind the Texans and Seahawks, in team pressure for the season."

Bills continually plowing under bottom of roster, practice squad - Bills Blitz
"Over the past nine weeks, the Bills have made 33 player transactions. Few were forced by injuries. Most were made simply to improve depth and bring aboard raw prospects."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Have Relied On The Run In A Passing League
"The team has been forced to lean heavily on their run game because of injuries to EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis as well as their commitment to bringing Manuel along slowly. The problem is that the NFL has made it more advantageous to pass the ball and with only four games remaining, the Bills will likely have to find their pass game to have a shot at finishing 8-8 or have to improve next year to compete for a playoff spot."

Leodis McKelvin picking up slack for Stephon Gilmore - ESPN
"First the bad news for the Bills: cornerback Stephon Gilmore hasn't played up to the level some had hoped this season, hampered by a fractured wrist that sidelined him for the first five games of the season."

Bills’ Stevie gets a wake-up call - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It makes me work harder. It wakes me up," Johnson said of the feedback he’s gotten from fans. "I feel like sometimes I can get a little lackadaisical and things may happen. I appreciate it. The fans are being real. It’s just a wake-up call."