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Ten Plays That Shaped the Game: Bills lead NFL in turnover margin

The Buffalo Bills' defense gave up the most yards and the most points in any game this season Sunday but made up for it with the big takeaway of the game.

Tre'Davious White's strip of Tampa Bay receiver Adam Humphries with 2:20 left set up the winning field goal in the Bills' 30-27 victory.

With three takeaways against the Bucs, the Bills have 13 in six games. That's on pace for 34, which would be their most in 14 years. The Bills improved to plus-10 in turnover differential, best in the NFL through Sunday's games.

The takeaways overcame the fact the Bills allowed 447 yards. Here were 10 plays that shaped the Bills' victory:

1. Big fumble. The Bucs got the ball with 2:26 left after Buffalo tied the game, 27-27. Bills linebacker Preston Brown recognized the first-down receiver screen pass and hustled to the left to hold up Humphries 8 yards downfield.

Said Brown: "There was a lot of fat guys going past me. Anytime there's a lot of fat guys going by you, you just try to get behind them because you know that jail-break screen is coming back into you. And they like to get it to No. 10. I was just trying to hold him up. We practice it every day. Second guy in, get the ball out. That was a great thing for Tre'Davious to do."

"I just went and punched it out," said White, who recovered at the Bucs' 33.

"It's something I've done a hundred times in practice and games," Humphries said. "And unfortunately, the defender made a good play on it. I got to take care of it."

2. Shovel pass. With 2:00 left, the Bills faced a third-and-9 situation from the Bucs' 32. They were staring at a 49-yard field-goal try, and kicker Stephen Hauschka said the ball was not carrying well in that direction. But offensive coordinator Rick Dennison called a shovel-pass to Taiwan Jones, who ran around left end for 11 yards.

"We worked on it all week, and I was just patiently waiting for it," Jones said.

"We put it in this week," said center Eric Wood. "It was a great play call for the time. The shovel plays are great because it's technically a forward pass. If it's not there, you can kill it at his feet. Smart play call there because you can't take a sack, you can't get a holding penalty, you don't want to move any further back."

3. Pro Bowl catch. Tampa quarterback Jameis Winston hit star receiver Mike Evans with a 12-yard TD pass to give the Bucs a 27-20 lead with 3:14 left. It was a great throw on the move by Winston, who was flushed from the pocket due to pressure by Lorenzo Alexander. It was an even better catch by Evans, who ran an up-and-out on White and got both feet down in bounds.

4. Quick response. The Bills' wide receiver corps produced only one catch of more than 30 yards the first five games. Deonte Thompson made the second one with 3:14 left when he got free on a corner route to the left sideline for 44 yards. A 15-yard roughing penalty on cornerback Robert McClain after the catch gave the Bills the ball at the Tampa 16.

Tampa was in a three-deep coverage, and the Bills held the middle safety in check with a receiver running a post route. Thompson got behind McClain, but it was Tyrod Taylor who did the heavy lifting. He had to step up in the pocket and make a throw on the move.

"I had to step up in the pocket and buy a little time but ultimately I knew once I saw the coverage that, by the way of their scheme, we had a chance to get a big play," Taylor said.

5. Wide-open Bucs tight end. Tampa tied the game, 20-20, on a 33-yard pass from Winston to rookie tight end O.J. Howard, who got free down the left sideline.

The Bills' Alexander lost track of Howard, who initially blocked on a play-action fake and then leaked out down the sideline. Alexander had his eyes on the running back on the play-fake.

6. Wide-open Bills tight end. Nick O'Leary got wide open down the left sideline on a 32-yard pass to the Bucs' 32 on the last play of the third quarter. Again, Taylor did the work, dancing around the pocket for 5.2 seconds before unloading the pass.

"I was chipping in pass protection and then getting into the flat," O'Leary said. "They stayed inside on Tyrod and left me out there by myself. I thought Tyrod was going to scramble, and I was about to turn up and try to block. He just tossed it up."

7. First TD catch. Bills No. 2 tight end Logan Thomas made a leaping grab of a 22-yard Taylor pass for a TD that put the Bills ahead, 17-6, in the third quarter. It was a rub route. Zay Jones was outside and cut in. Thomas was in the slot and ran an out-and-up. Bucs safety T.J. Ward had to avoid Jones and then chase Thomas down the sideline.

"Zay put a great line for me to go off of, and I ended up in the end zone," Thomas said.

8. Long FG. Hauschka connected from 52 yards early in the fourth quarter.

9. Sack-fumble. Bills defensive end Ryan Davis sacked Winston and forced the QB to fumble in the second quarter to end a Bucs scoring threat.

10. FG wasted. The Bills ran a play from the Tampa 18 with 11 seconds left in the first half. They could not spike the ball after a 2-yard completion, squandering three points.

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