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Buccaneers 27, Bills 6

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TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacked Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel seven times and intercepted him four times in a 27-6 victory Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

In a sloppy game that featured seven turnovers, and six personal foul penalties, the Tampa Bay defense stole the show, swarming Manuel and holding the Bills' dangerous running back duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to just 34 yards. Manuel's four interceptions matched his total from his first eight games.

Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon also had a rough game, going 9-for-25 for a career-low 90 yards with two red-zone interceptions. But Glennon also threw two touchdown passes, lifting Tampa Bay (4-9) to its fourth win its last five games after an 0-8 start.

The Bucs struck first, with running back Bobby Rainey breaking free for an 80-yard touchdown run on the second play of the game -- the fastest score and longest run in franchise history. It also accounted for more yards than the Bills (4-9) gained the entire first half (71 yards). The Bills cut the Tampa Bay lead to 7-3 midway through the first quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, set up by a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.

Glennon had a couple of nice throws on Tampa Bay's scoring drive late in the first quarter, including eluding the rush and throwing on the run for a 38-yard touchdown to Vincent Jackson, making it 14-3. Jackson, who was limited with a hamstring injury in practice, came though with three catches for 70 yards.

Glennon and Manuel threw three interceptions in a seven-play period early in the second quarter. On the last, Bucs cornerback Johnthan Banks returned his pick to the Bills' 41-yard-line, setting up a 53-yard field goal by veteran kicker Rian Lindell.

The Bills gave the Bucs another break, as Leodis McKelvin fumbled a punt midway through the second quarter, with Tampa Bay recovering at Buffalo's 21-yard line. But Glennon gave it right back, throwing an interception near the end zone.

The Bucs helped put it away right before the half, on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Glennon to tight end Tim Wright, making it 24-3. The drive was extended by a Bills roughing the passer penalty.

While the Bills entered the game leading the league in sacks, it was Tampa Bay's defense that had more highlights. Cornerback Darrelle Revis had a sack and forced fumble and linebacker Lavonte David had two interceptions and a sack.

NOTES: Bucs WR Vincent Jackson surpassed the 1,000 yard total for the fifth time in his career. ... Bucs LB Lavonte David is the first player since Brian Urlacher in 2007 to have five sacks and five interceptions. ... Bucs C Jeremy Zuttah suffered a shoulder injury. ... The Bucs scored first for the sixth straight game. ... Bills FB Frank Summers was inactive, the first game he's missed this season, with Evan Rodriguez starting in his place. ... There was a pre-game moment of silence, and the flag was put at half mast, in tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died last week.
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