Bills vs. Buccaneers: Ten games all-time.
Bills record: 3-7 (.300).
First game: On Sept. 26, 1976, the Bills topped the Bucs 14-9. O.J. Simpson had just 39 yard rushing on 20 carries, but Joe Ferguson was 12-for-22 with 188 yards passing and two touchdowns. This was just the third game in Tampa Bay’s franchise history, and their third loss, en route to losing their first 26 games — every game in 1976 and each of their first 12 games in 1977. Their first victory came Dec. 11, 1977, a 33-14 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Stats Wizard: The Buccaneers began their franchise history going 0-26. In those first 26 games they were shutout ten times. Some perspective: The Dallas Cowboys have been shut out 10 total times in 871 games, the Denver Broncos have been shutout nine times 873 games, and the Minnesota Vikings have been shut out just seven times in 860 games.
Longest Bills winning streak: The Bills have never had a winning streak against the Bucs – they have never won consecutive games.
Longest Bills losing streak: Four games, from Nov. 19, 1978, to Dec. 4, 1988.
Most points for: Thirty-three points, in a 33-20 victory Sept. 20, 2009.
Most points against: Thirty-four points, in a 34-28 loss Nov. 2, 1986.
Biggest win: Thirteen points, in the 33-20 victory Sept. 20, 2009.
Biggest loss: Twenty-one points, twice, in a 31-10 loss Nov. 19, 1978, and in a 27-6 loss Dec. 8, 2013.
All-time Bills leaders against the Buccaneers
Passing leaders: Jim Kelly leads with 72 pass completions, 913 passing yards, passing touchdowns. He and Joe Ferguson are actually the only quarterbacks with multiple starts against the Bucs. Kelly had a 63.6 completion percentage and an 88.8 passer rating, Ferguson, on the other hand, had a 55.56 completion percentage and 52.5 passer rating.
Rushing leaders: Fred Jackson leads with 175 yards, averaging 5.30 yards-per-carry on 33 touches; he has 111 more yards on the ground than anyone else. Roosevelt Leaks leads with two rushing scores.
Receiving leaders: Robb Riddick had 13 catches. Rob Chandler led with 15.45 yards-per-catch, among receivers with at least ten catches, and 170 receiving yards; Chandler and Pete Metzelaars each had a pair of touchdowns.
Special teams leaders: Ryan Lindell was 5-for-5 in field goals. His 18 total points is also good for the team lead. Scott Norwood was 6-for-6 in extra points. Ron Pitts returned a punt for a touchdown; no Bills player has ever returned a kick for a score.
Defensive leaders: Sam Cowart tops the Bills vs Bucs sack list with 2.5. Ten different Bills have interceptions; among them, only Donte Whitner has a pick-six.
Bills single-game records against the Buccaneers
Passing leaders: Jim Kelly had 29 completions on 39 attempts for 342 yards with three passing touchdowns and a 126.2 passer rating on Nov. 2, 1986, by far the best quarterbacked game for the Bills against the Bucs. It was all for naught, though, as Buffalo lost 34-28.
Rushing leaders: On Sept. 20, 2009, Fred Jackson rushed for 163 of his 175 total yards rushing against Tampa in the 33-20 victory in which the Bills had their highest scoring game against the Bucs. Roosevelt Leaks scored both of his rushing touchdowns in a 24-23 loss Dec. 19, 1982.
Receiving leaders: Pete Metzelaars had seven catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills 34-28 loss Nov. 2, 1986, but Bob Chandler’s 110 yards in their 14-9 win Sept. 26, 1976, came on just five catches — giving him 22.00 yards per reception. Eric Moulds holds the standard for catches in a single game, pulling in eight in their 31-17 loss on Nov. 26, 2000.
Defense/special teams leaders: All of Sam Cowart’s 2.5 sacks came in their 31-17 loss on Nov. 26, 2000. Donte Whitner returned his interception in a 33-20 victory Sept. 20, 2009. Rian Lindell made four field goals in that same game, accounting for 15 of their 33 points, adding three extra-point kicks.
Sunday’s game: The Bills are giving the standard three at home, and I like them to win and cover: calling the winning team (3-2), calling the spread (3-2).
On this date: In 1990, the Bills improved to 5-1 on the season, beating the Jets 30-27. Jim Kelly threw for 297 yards with four touchdowns passes. On this date in 1991, the Bills improved to 7-1, besting Boomer Esiason and the Bengals 35-16. Kelly shined again in that game, throwing for 392 yards — James Lofton pulled in 220 of those — with five touchdown passes.
Many of the stats in this article made possible by the Pro Football Reference Play Index.