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Bills-Bucs report card

>Grading the Bills

RUNNING GAME: A

Jackson ran for career-high 163 yards. Despite injury to Butler, young line allowed Bills to control time of possession in second half. Marshawn Who?

PASSING GAME: B

Edwards was efficient again, made big TD throws to both Evans and Owens. Bounced back from interception. Getting better at running the no-huddle.

RUN DEFENSE: A-

Did a lot better job against Bucs than Cowboys did, limiting them to 3.0 a carry. That's two strong games in a row. Stroud was solid. Didn't miss Poz.

PASS DEFENSE: C

Played soft at times and got burned badly down middle on Winslow touchdown. But got some pressure on Leftwich and played pretty well overall.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Nothing special. Lindell made his field goals. McKelvin got standing ovation on first kickoff return and didn't fumble. Standard is high nowadays.

COACHING: A

They have come back to win after all three of the Monday Night Football disasters the past three years. That says something about the coaching.

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>Grading the Bucs

RUNNING GAME: F

Cadillac Williams looked like a candidate for "Cash for Clunkers" program. Bucs had some success early, but abandoned the run in second half.

PASSING GAME: C

Leftwich was awful on Whitner interception for TD. Also made some nice throws, including 42-yard strike to Winslow. A journeyman and it shows.

RUN DEFENSE: F

Allowed 218 yards to a team with one of the youngest offensive lines to play in the NFL in many years. Didn't wrap up on Jackson well enough.

PASS DEFENSE: C

They've vulnerable to the deep ball and got burned twice. Would have been three if Owens hadn't dropped one. Too soft against Schouman underneath.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

Smith is one of the best in the NFL, but didn't make anything happen. McCoy looked pretty goofy fair catching kickoff and falling on his rear.

COACHING: D

Bucs had inexcusable 13 penalties for 112 yards. Chippy and undisciplined, sign of a bad team trying too hard to play with an edge for a rookie coach.

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