The expansion Bucs still had to score a touchdown but thanks to Dave Green, they finally came up with some points after two shutout defeats and their defense came close to embarrassing the Bills who had been 10.5 point favourites going into the game. Green kicked three fieldgoals and his punting kept Buffalo in poor field position for much of the game. OJ Simpson was held to only 39 yards but Joe Ferguson solved the Tampa defense just enough to get the job done, hitting Bob Chandler with a 58-yard TD pass and Reuben Gant for a 15-yard score. John McKay's take on the game:" We could have and should have won."
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Video footage from the expansion season is limited to occasional clips from the NFL Films season highlight film as NBC who broadcast all 14 games that season, destroyed the master tapes some years later leaving none of the games available in the way other games from Buccaneer history are. However we have been able to obtain the coverage from NFL Films’ Review of the Week in which the Buccaneers were featured, sometimes though not in the most flattering of highlights. The left video are the selected Buccaneer clips. The right video is the one from the Review of the Week.