The Bills' defense created two turnovers in the second quarter. The offense and special teams blew scoring chances on both possessions, keeping their lead within one score at halftime, 10-6.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor made an egregious mistake just before halftime that wasted a major opportunity.
Rookie linebacker Matt Milano intercepted Jameis Winston's pass and returned it to the Bucs' 26-yard line with 23 seconds left, gifting the offense a scoring chance. Taylor's first pass went short to running back LeSean McCoy, which required the Bills to spend their final timeout with 12 seconds remaining, giving them time for a shot or two into the end zone. Instead, Taylor inexplicably threw short to Jordan Matthews on the next play. He was tackled in bounds, which allowed the clock to expire.
The Bills' other wasted opportunity was a simple missed field goal. The Bills got the ball after Ryan Davis forced a fumble on Winston and Leonard Johnson recovered. But Stephen Hauschka missed a 41-yard field goal, snapping a streak of 12 consecutive makes.
Paydirt: LeSean McCoy said Wednesday that he had never, at any level of football, failed to reach the end zone in the first five games of the season. His career long scoreless drought was six games, set with the Eagles in 2014. McCoy made sure he didn't match that streak, finding the end zone for the first time on a 1-yard run.