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The Buffalo Bills have lost four of their last seven games, all to AFC opponents, so now they are two games behind the Patriots in the AFC East, and now on a short week, they face last season’s champions and win if they expect to at least earn a wildcard berth in the postseason, possible if their number one ranked defense and ninth-ranked offense fire on all cylinders.
Looks like Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady has his team ready for the final run to the postseason, his Bucs on a four-game winning streak, his favorite target and buddy TE Rob Gronkowski back and mostly healthy, this team with a defense ranked 2nd and an offense ranked 10th in the league and a GOAT under center who knows how to stack December wins.
These two cross-conference rivals have faced each other 11 previous times, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 7 of those games and the Buffalo Bills winning 4 of the games.
It would appear that defenses are beginning to figure out the game plans of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, the young hurler tossing seven interceptions in the last five weeks, including three double-pick games in that same time period.
Though his ten interceptions are not all that troublesome, Allen’s fifty percent completion rate in his last game is, as is his passer rating at 75 or less in three of his last five outings, all signs that he is struggling to get the ball to his receivers, something he was better at last season.
Despite the ups and downs this year, Allen has completed almost 290 passes for 3,216 yards and 26 touchdowns plus he has carried the ball 75 times for 422 yards and 3 more touchdowns, a tough to stop offensive weapon that should get to his best level of play in December.
The goal of the best teams in the league is to qualify as the number one playoff seed in their conference, an achievement that the 9-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still eyeballing right now trailing behind the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC postseason race.
A win here against the Bills here keeps the Bucs in the mix, with the rest of their season a lot easier as they face the New Orleans Saints, then the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets, and then the Panthers again, a very winnable schedule if Tampa Bay plays their strongest ball.
What the league and fans want to see is for Tom Brady’s Bucs to face Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in February, and the number one AFC playoff seed (and the bye and homefield advantage it comes with) would certainly help Bruce Arian’s bunch get there.
Last season was wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ first with the Buffalo Bills’ and his best year of production in the NFL so far, with a league leading 127 catches for an NFL best 1,535 yards and 8 touchdowns, numbers that made his old team, the Vikings, regret their trade decision.
At 6’ tall and 190 pounds, Diggs has the size to battle well with most cornerbacks, but it’s his route running and ability to get separation from his coverage that makes Diggs a special player, plus his strength and quickness makes him tough to catch and tackle after his receptions.
This season, Diggs has been targeted 108 times by QB Josh Allen and he has caught 71 of those passes for almost 900 yards and 7 touchdowns, and with five more games to go a healthy Diggs could just give his last year numbers a decent run for their money.
Good luck covering Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, the 6’ 5” 231-pound veteran who can not only move fast to his spots, but he is also tall and strong enough to outjump and battle anyone who tries to take a pass away from him, truly a tough player to tackle.
Evans is in his eighth NFL season and in every one of those seasons he has posted 1,000+ receiving yards and has scored double-digit touchdowns four times in his career, and now with Tom Brady as his QB again he is well on his way to his most productive season ever.
This year in 12 games, Evans has been targeted 93 times and has caught 57 of those passes for almost 800 yards and 10 touchdowns, and with five more games to add to those numbers, expect Evans to be a huge part of the Tampa Bay run-up to the postseason.
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|Bills vs Buccaneers Information|
|What||Buffalo Bills vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Where||Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida|
|When||Sunday, December 12, 2021; 4:25 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
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