- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

TAMPA BAY (2-3) at BUFFALO (3-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE - Bills by 1 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tampa Bay 1-4, Buffalo 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Buccaneers lead 7-3

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Bills 27-6, Dec. 8, 2013.

LAST WEEK - Buccaneers lost to Cardinals 38-33; Bills had bye, lost to Bengals 20-16, Oct. 8

AP PRO32 RANKING - Buccaneers No. 25, Bills No. 15





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Buccaneers make second trip to Orchard Park, New York, in franchise history. Tampa Bay lost previous visit, 33-20, on Sept. 20, 2009. … Bucs set franchise records by scoring 33 points in second half and 27 in fourth quarter against Cardinals. … With starter Jameis Winston’s status uncertain (sprained right shoulder), journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has chance to start against former team. Fitzpatrick is 3-2 against Buffalo since spending four seasons with Bills before being released in 2013. … Cameron Brate has four TDs receiving this season and leads NFL tight ends with 12 since start of 2016. … WR Mike Evans is 51 yards receiving short of becoming Tampa Bay’s fifth player to reach 4,000. … Buccaneers have chance to be 3-3 or better through six games in consecutive seasons for first time since 2011-12. … CB Brent Grimes’ 31 career interceptions are tied for fifth among active players … Bills in position to be 4-2 or better through six games in consecutive seasons for first time since nine-year streak from 1988-96. … In nine seasons, RB LeSean McCoy has never started NFL season without TD through first five games. He hasn’t topped 80 yards rushing since gaining 110 in season-opening win over Jets. … QB Tyrod Taylor is 1-11 when attempting 30 or more passes and 2-16 when Bills trail by four or more at any point of game. … Buffalo offense held under 300 yards in past four outings, team’s longest stretch since seven-game streak in 2009. … S Micah Hyde has three interceptions in past two games and leads NFL with four. … Bills haven’t allowed 21 points in five straight, matching team’s best streak since seven-game run to close 2009. … Fantasy Tip: McCoy has to score at some point, right? And he’s facing defense that allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 134 yards and two TDs last week. In Week 2, Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook had 97 yards rushing and TD, plus 72 yards receiving.


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