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Buffalo Bills Quit In Tampa

EJ Manuel was sacked seven times in his worst showing of the season (Getty Images)

To be brutally honest, the Buffalo Bills stunk in all areas — offense, defense and special teams — in Sunday’s 27-6 loss in Tampa.

The Buccaneers weren’t a whole lot better, managing only 7 yards in total offense in the second half, but the Bills did their part to help the Bucs cause with missed tackles, turnovers, penalties and blown coverages.

EJ Manuel clearly had his worst game as a pro with four interceptions. Not all of them were his fault, but he looked shaky enough to raise some concerns over whether he actually is the answer to the Bills ongoing quarterback question. He made some poor decisions with the ball resulting in seven sacks. The Bills also converted only one of 11 third situations.

The defense pretty much set the tone for the day giving up an 80-yard run for a touchdown on the second play for scrimmage to put the Bills in a 7-0 hole just 18 seconds into the game. Then they allowed a couple of big touchdown throws by rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

And everybody got into the act taking penalties to kill their own drives or keep the ball in the hands of the Bucs after the Bills had made a big stop on third down. An apparent 80-yard touchdown run by CJ Spiller was also negated by a holding penalty. They killed themselves with 11 total penalties for 114 yards.

Coach Doug Marrone and the rest of the staff have to take some responsibility for this debacle. The team just didn’t look ready to play. And after so many encouraging signs earlier in the season the last couple of weeks have raised a lot more questions than provided answers. The Bills weaknesses are glaring and it appears they need a lot more help than originally thought. They’ve lost five of their last six to drop to 4-9 with three games left.

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