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Bucs quick hits

By RICK STROUD

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 26, 2000


The Bills defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 games this season. The last player to reach the century rushing mark against Buffalo was New England's Terry Allen in Week 15 of the '99 season. The Bucs have not had a 100-yard rusher this season.

Of the Bills first five wins, four of them were decided by field goals from former Bucs place-kicker Steve Christie in the final minute or overtime.

The Bucs have never played a road game at Buffalo, making them only one of two NFL teams to never visit Orchard Park. The other is the Baltimore Ravens.

Seventh meeting. Bucs leads the series 4-2. But the two teams have not met since 1991, when the Bills won 17-10 in Tampa Bay. The Bucs won four straight from 1978 through 1988.

Matchups to watch:

Bills QB Rob Johnson vs. Bucs pass rush

Johnson is healthy and took over from Doug Flutie. His team seemed to rally around him in a comeback win over Kansas City on the road. He's not as mobile as Flutie and is known to take a few sacks. But Johnson has averaged 7.6 yards per carry. The Bucs pass rush has produced just one sack in each of the last two games.

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Bills WR Eric Moulds vs. Bucs CB Donnie Abraham

Moulds is a big-play receiver who will try to get deep on the Bucs, even if they stay in their two-deep zone. He also will catch passes over the middle. The Bucs secondary will be tested, particularly with safety John Lynch out of the lineup. Abraham, who has six INTs, needs to produce another turnover.

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Bucs RB Warrick Dunn vs. Bills defense

With FB Mike Alstott out for the season, more focus will be on Dunn, who gets his chance to prove he is an every down back. Bucs coach Tony Dungy says Dunn will get about seven or eight more carries than normal today. But the Bills defense will make him earn every yard. Buffalo's linebackers combined for 50 tackles last week at Kansas City.

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Bills NT Ted Washington vs. Bucs C Jeff Christy

Washington, a Tampa native, returns home today as the anchor of the Bills defense at 330 pounds. He will be tough for the Bucs to push, so they will likely try to make him move laterally as much as possible. Christy and company will have their hands full handling the Bills enormous three defensive linemen.

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