Simple formula for Buccaneers to win versus Bills

Donovan Smith,Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Donovan Smith,Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

The 9-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a three-game winning streak and hold a four-game lead in the NFC South entering Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium. The visiting 7-5 Buffalo Bills are currently in second place and 1.5 games behind in the AFC East. This is a must win for the Bucs if they want to get the top seed in the NFC, and the simple formula for doing so is remembering what went wrong in their previous losses.

The Bucs, besides the obvious of being on the road, have had common denominators in each of their losses this year. A combination of too many penalties, losing the turnover margin, and lack of protection for Tom Brady.

The first loss against the Los Angeles Rams was a stalemate in the turnover department. Yet, the Rams had two more sacks than the Bucs and only committed one penalty for a paltry four yards. The Bucs had seven costly and ill timed flags for 41 yards, which hindered them in a game where they never led.

The second loss against the hated New Orleans Saints was once again a two-sack advantage for the bad guys. The turnover margin stuck out like a sore thumb in this one to the tune of 3 to 0, including a late 4th Quarter pick six thrown by Brady to complete the scoring. The Bucs bad play also included 11 penalties for 99 yards against 2 for 10 for the Saints.

The third loss was against the Washington Football Team and, for once in a defeat, the Bucs protected Brady as he wasn’t sacked. However, Tampa Bay lost the turnover margin by 1. Combine 6 penalties for 43 yards against 3 for 33 for the Football Team and the Bucs would end up short on the scoreboard once again.

In conclusion, if the simple formula for losses holds true, the Bucs just have to execute better and force Buffalo into committing penalties. Especially a handsy secondary without their best Cornerback Tre’Davious White who got tore his ACL against the Saints on Thanksgiving Day

Also, win or at least be even in the turnover margin with the Bills who are searching for answers on offense after last Monday Night and have all but given up the run game other than keepers by Quarterback Josh Allen.

Finally, keep Tom Brady clean. The cleaner the uniform of TB12, especially at home, the greater the chances the Bucs have of coming out victorious against anyone in the NFL. This simple formula has a excellent chance of working against Buffalo and improving the Bucs record to 10-3 on the season.

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