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Bills Beat Bucs By 24-18: Highlights & Stats To Know

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Bills Beat Bucs By 24-18

Josh Allen remains unbeaten on Thursday Night Football, as the quarterback led the Buffalo Bills to a 24-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Allen completed 78 percent of his passes on his way to 324 passing yards and two touchdowns. He threw an interception after his pass was tipped shortly after the release.

In addition to his work in the air, Allen tallied 41 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on seven carries. Allen was quick to use his feet when he had to, sliding when necessary to avoid contact.

Rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid was the only active tight end on the game day roster as Dawson Knox and Quintin Morris both recover from injuries. Kincaid finished with five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown, the first of his career.

Late in the second quarter, Allen took the snap at the Tampa Bay 22-yard line and rolled right, finding Kincaid who sped past his defender to the end zone. Holding on to the ball that will likely have a place on Kincaid’s mantle, the 24-year-old outstretched his arms before leaping into the stands to celebrate his first score as a pro.

In the three games before Thursday night, the Bills offense scored a combined 10 points in the first halves. Thursday, they scored 17. A week after missing two field goal attempts, Tyler Bass drilled a 37-yarder to put Buffalo in the lead after their first drive. Buffalo never trailed after that score.

The Bills defense and special teams units were effective in containing Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers offense in the first half. After making their way into Buffalo territory in their second drive of the game, defensive end Shaq Lawson tipped Chase McLauglin’s field goal attempt to keep the Bucs off the scoreboard.

After not finding the end zone in the first quarter, the Bills offense got hot in the second quarter. In the red zone, Allen had a big hole open up from the Tampa Bay 13-yard line and the QB decided to keep it himself for a TD run. It marked his fifth rushing TD of the year.

As Mayfield began to heat up for the Bucs, he found receiver Chris Godwin for a big gain to set up a 57-yard field goal, which McLaughlin was able to knock through the posts for Tampa Bay’s first points of the game to make it 10-3.

After Allen’s interception, Mayfield took just two plays before throwing a touchdown pass to Godwin, who made an impressive catch to tie the game before Kincaid’s touchdown gave Buffalo the lead back at halftime.

Allen went right back to Kincaid to begin the third quarter, finding him for an 18-yard gain on the offenses’ first play. Allen led an efficient 9-play drive that ended in a quick pass to Gabe Davis for a touchdown that would be their last of the day.

Six consecutive punts followed, with each team struggling to put together scoring drives. Bills punter Sam Martin landed three of his four punts inside the 10-yard line, with two of them downed within the 5-yard line.

His final punt bounced up and Cam Lewis made a nice play in an attempt to down the ball, but it rolled into the end zone for a touchback.

Tampa Bay threatened Buffalo’s lead late in the game after a long drive ended in a touchdown catch from Mike Evans and a successful two-point conversion. After Buffalo was forced to punt, Mayfield drove the Bucs to their own 45-yard line, where they attempted a Hail Mary.

As a cluster of Bills defenders and Bucs receivers leapt for the ball, it fell onto the blue turf of the Bills end zone and the game was over.

The Bills improve to 5-3 on the season, and will travel to Cincinnati next Sunday where they will face the Bengals at 8:20 p.m.

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