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2-4, 4th in NFC South
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs dropped their third-straight game and won't win many others against good teams if they can't get off the field on third down and have such slow starts on offense.

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Winston: 'We stopped ourselves' (0:19)
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Koetter says Bucs aren't playing up to expectations (0:21)
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Bucs S Ward 'at wit's end' over part-time role

Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward is frustrated by his lack of playing time, a sentiment that seemed to boil over after Sunday's loss to Buffalo, with Ward telling reporters, "I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player."

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McCoy, Bills rally past Bucs (1:34)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs safety T.J. Ward is very frustrated by a lack of playing time right now. "I came here to be an impact player," Ward said. "I'm at my wits' end. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Adam Humphries coughing up the ball and then that coverage bust plus a 15-yard penalty on that final drive doomed the Bucs today. At 2-4, their season is starting to slip away. They can't count on a late season run like last year with such a back-loaded divisional schedule.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Really impressed with Tyrod Taylor today. With limited weapons at WR, Taylor completed 20-of-33 passes for 268 yards and a score. Taylor also rushed for 53 yards on six carries.

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Bucs take late lead on Winston-to-Evans TD (0:40)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Adam Humphries' fumble that was recovered by the Bills just outside the two-minute warning cost the Bucs 33% of win probability.

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Winston connects with Howard for 2 TDs (0:46)
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Bucs tie bills on Winston-to-Howard 33-yard TD (0:27)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Another TD catch for OJ Howard. That was a TE "throwback" scheme. Howard is now up to 94 yards on 5 receptions.

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Winston finds Howard for TD, Bucs cut deficit (0:25)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs finally got a touchdown for the game -- a quick strike to a wide-open O.J. Howard on first down. The Bucs were actually in an "I" formation on the play, so the Bills assumed that they were going to run. This time, the Bucs were able to capitalize on the mistakes of the Bills -- an unnecessary roughness call on Leonard Johnson gifted them 15 yards

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

OJ Howard TD catch in the red zone. Play action with the rookie on a shallow crossing route. That gives Howard 61 yards receiving on four grabs.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

That Tyrod Taylor 22-yard touchdown pass to Logan Thomas doesn't happen if the Bucs' pass rush some heat on Taylor. It also wouldn't have happened if the Bucs weren't out of position on the play. T.J. Ward was in there for Chris Conte.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs are moving the ball offensively but have had too many self-inflicted mistakes -- a face mask on Demar Dotson on the opening possession, Jameis Winston missing Cameron Brate in the end zone on that pass breakup by Jordan Poyer, that Winston sack-fumble by Ryan Davis at the Buffalo 32, the interception on that deep pass intended for Brate just before halftime -- it all adds up.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Granted the Bucs haven't surrendered 24 points like they did in the first half last week against the Cardinals, but their third-down struggles -- 7-of-10 in the first half against the Bills -- are a concern. The Bucs have been giving up 46.2 percent of their third downs this year, 29th in the league. Last year, they had the league's best at 34.4 percent.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills are exploiting a lot of these soft spots underneath in the Bucs' defense. They're really having a hard time getting off the field on third down -- the Bills are 5-of-6 so far today. Oh yeah, and Tyrod Taylor has some wheels.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Touchdown run for LeSean McCoy in the deep red zone. The Bills RB has seven carries today for 41 yards and one grab for five yards.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive tackle Chris Baker was just down on the field for several seconds after a run by LeSean McCoy. He's able to walk off the field. Trainers are tending to his left leg.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have moved Vernon Hargreaves to nickel and Robert McClain on the outside. Hargreaves had a pass breakup on a ball intended for Xay Jones on a quick slant. He's only had only one pass breakup up so far this year. He's playing much closer to the line of scrimmage. The coaching staff wants to see him get back to being the aggressive player they saw this preseason.

Team Stats

Passing Yards299.22nd
Rushing Yards82.830th
Points For23.613th
Points Against24.222nd

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