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Winners and losers from the Buffalo Bills win against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The defense struggled but the offense prevailed

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills finished out a game with a comeback. This doesn't happen very often and it is refreshing to see them close out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buffalo offense got off to a shaky start but they were able to find their footing. The defense didn't look like they could stop a nosebleed until the last drive. Still, they got it done.

Here are the winners and losers from the game:


QB Tyrod Taylor

The first half was a rough one for Taylor. He went 8-for-19 with only 100 yards. Coming out at halftime he flipped the script and went 12-for-14 with 168 yards and a touchdown to Logan Thomas. Coming into this game, Taylor was 2-16 when his team trailed by four or more points at any time during the game. Taylor led a game-tying drive with just over 2 minutes on the clock and gave his defense a chance to make a play. On Sunday, he looked more comfortable throwing, feeling and escaping pressure, and he had more trust in his receivers. That was the Tyrod Taylor the Bills need for the rest of the year in order to make a playoff run.

RB LeSean McCoy

For the first time in about three years, Shady went five games without scoring. Sunday he found the end zone twice, one being the game-tying score. That was a big mountain to get over and the real LeSean McCoy is coming back. With a solid performance from the offensive line, including the return of Cordy Glenn, the run game as a whole was on a roll. The Bucs defense isn't very good by any means, but breaking that streak could be exactly what McCoy needed.

WR Deonte Thompson

Thompson was signed earlier in the week leading up to the game. The familiarity with Tyrod Taylor didn't seem like much of a big deal at the time. Thompson only played 22 offensive snaps and ran only 14 routes. He led the Bills with 107 receiving yards on 4 catches. Thompson is going to see a spike in his snaps and it could happen as early as next week. Tyrod Taylor may have found himself a new favorite target.


LB Lorenzo Alexander

Alexander did not have his best performance on Sunday. He was a big liability against the pass and he has been for a good part of the season. Asking Alexander to be locked on to an athletic tight end like O.J. Howard, it’s an immediate mismatch. The middle of the field is virtually wide open more often than not and it has killed the Bills as of late. Alexander and Preston Brown just aren't the typical athletic Mike and Sam linebackers that McDermott is used to and he may be asking too much of them.

The Secondary

Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns. After losing two of their top cornerbacks, the Bills had to swap in guys. Even Micah Hyde came up to play corner on the outside. The play he was injured on, starting cornerback E.J. Gaines gave up a 70-yard bomb to Desean Jackson that was fortunately called back on a holding penalty. The Bills allowed Winston to complete just under 73% of his passes and he had a passer rating of 112.3. Winston is a good QB but he is definitely not the best one the Bills will see this year.