INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHINGBUCS: Ward 9-32, Graham 2-16, Williams 7-9, Leftwich 1-0.BILLS: Jackson 28-163, Edwards 3-24, Owens 1-13, Omon 2-9, Parrish 1-9.PASSINGBUCS: Leftwich 50-26-296-2-3.BILLS: Edwards 31-21-230-1-2.RECEIVINGBUCS: Winslow 7-90, Williams 7-56, Stovall 3-80, Stevens 3-24, Clayton 2-27, Stroughter 1-10, Ward 1-5, Graham 1-3, Smith 1-1.BILLS: Schoumann 6-62, Jackson 6-25, Reed 4-46, Owens 3-52, Evans 1-32, Nelson 1-13.INTERCEPTIONSBUCS: Piscitelli 1-4, Ruud 0-21.BILLS: Whitner 1-76, Scott 1-27.KICK RETURNSBUCS: Smith 4-101.BILLS: Jones 3-70, Phillips 1-0.PUNT RETURNSBUCS: Smith 1-5.BILLS: Parrish 3-15, Youboty 0-16.SACKSBUCS: Wilkerson 1-8, Miller 1-2.BILLS: Stroud 1-0, Denney 1-0.
In a game shown live on British TV, the Bills jumped out to an early 17-0 lead and then were able to withstand the Bucs’ attempts to claw their way back into contention as Byron Leftwich’s near 300-yard game was countered by his two early crucial interceptions. The defense also allowed Fred Jackson to rush for 163 yards and they gave up over 200 on the ground in all. "You can't win in this league if you can't stop the run," Barrett Ruud said. The Bucs were also penalised 13 times including no less that four face-mask penalties as they fell to 0-2 on the season. Leftwich did throw three touchdown passes but the early hole that the team just left them too much to do later in the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 Buffalo Bills 33Sunday 20 September 2009 at Ralph Wilson Stadium
SCORINGBUF 11:31-1QEvans 32 pass from Edwards (Lindell kick)BUF 6:16-1QWhitner 76 interception return (Lindell kick)BUF 0:09-1QLindell FG31TB12:55-2QWinslow 42 pass from Leftwich (Nugent kick)BUF 9:50-2QLindell FG43TB0:27-2QWilliams 8 pass from Leftwich (Nugent kick)BUF 11:23-4QLindell FG27BUF 9:16-4QOwens 43 pass from Edwards (Lindell kick)TB5:27-4QStevens 6 pass from Leftwich (pass failed)BUF 1:57-4QLindell FG20
GAME HIGHLIGHTS Click on the boxes below to watch the clipByron Leftwich connects with Kellen Winslow for the first Bucs’ touchdownSabby Piscitelli’s fumble return, the third-longest such play in franchise historyCadillac Williams’ touchdown reception which came on the very next play