Tampa Bay travels to Buffalo to take on the Bills in the third preseason game for the Buccaneers and the starters are expected to play into the third quarter. This will be the last opportunity for 15 players as NFL teams must reduce their 90-man roster down to 75 this week.GAME INFORMATION Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014 Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET Site: Ralph Wilson Stadium (72,169) 2013 Records: Tampa Bay 4-12, Buffalo 6-10 Buccaneers Television: WFLA-TV Play-By-Play: Chris Myers Color: Rondé Barber Sideline: Dan Lucas Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM and 95.3 FM) Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff Color: Dave Moore Sideline: T.J. Rives Up Next: Tampa Bay vs. Washington (8/28), Buffalo vs. Detroit (8/28)
ALL-TIME SERIES This marks the fourth preseason meeting between the two teams, with Buffalo winning the first two contests, 17-6 in 1977, and 14-7 in 1988 (played in Nashville, Tenn.). In 1993, the Buccaneers posted their first preseason victory over the Bills, topping Buffalo, 32-12, in a contest played in Orlando, Fla. The Buccaneers lead the all-time regular-season series, 7-3, winning the most recent contest, 27-6, at Raymond James Stadium last season. Five of the first six contests between the two teams were decided by seven points or less, while the last four meetings have all been decided by double-digit margins, with Tampa also winning in 2000, 31-17, and in 2005, 19-3. The Buccaneers made their first trip to Buffalo in 2009, losing 33-20. In 1991, Buffalo broke a four-game losing streak with a 17-10 win in Tampa. The two teams first met in 1976, with Buffalo claiming a 14-9 victory. The Bucs won each of the next four meetings, starting with a 31-10 win in 1978. Tampa Bay also posted wins in 1982 (24-23), 1986 (34-28) and 1988 (10-5). Tampa Bay’s .700 winning percentage against the Bills is tied for their best against any opponent.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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