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By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000

COACH TONY DUNGY ON THE VICTORY: "That was a very tough win, but a great win for us. Buffalo plays with a lot of heart and soul, and any time you can beat them it's a big win. We had some situations where we thought we could throw the ball, but they did some wise things with their linebackers.

"It doesn't matter about numbers or statistics, it's how well you play the game. They lost a lot of players throughout the game and that helped us a little. And Warrick (Dunn) went out and did a great job for us. We watched tape all weekend. We knew it was going to be tough on our offense, but overall I think we did the things we needed to do to win the game."

LINEBACKER DERRICK BROOKS ON THE VALUE OF THE VICTORY: "We are in a desperate race. We lost a game we should have won (against Chicago), but we came back against one of the hottest teams and beat them. We took it one step at a time. This was a personal challenge to show that we were the defense in the stadium. We could not afford to lose."

BROOKS ON GETTING THE SACK THAT BROKE THE TEAM SEASON RECORD OF 44 SET IN 1997: "Hats off to the defensive line. Everyone got plays to rush the passer today."

RUNNING BACK WARRICK DUNN ON RUSHING FOR MORE THAN 100 YARDS: "This means more to the offensive line. (Buffalo) got us in the first half, and we came out and made adjustments in the second half. This game was the biggest game, and next week will be another big one. We threw the ball well in the second half and the running game picked us up where the passing game left off.

DUNN ON HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN RUN: "I cut back and there (was) nothing but daylight. The line did a good job and all I had to do was run."

RECEIVER KEYSHAWN JOHNSON ON THE BUCS' OFFENSIVE OUTPUT: "If we can keep doing that and get to the playoffs, that is fine with me as far as the offense goes. If 180 yards wins the football game, then that's good. If it doesn't, then there is going to be a problem. I knew they would double me a lot and I expected that, but that will free someone up. Our offense is only a problem when we lose the game. When we win, the problems seem to go away no matter what we do."

DEFENSIVE END MARCUS JONES ON THE TEAM'S OUTLOOK WITH FOUR GAMES TO GO: "We are never allowed to relax at this point of the year. We have to correct our mistakes and get ready for Dallas. Today we were determined and got the win. Give credit to their defense, they played a great game. We are going to go all the way. I have confidence in us."

SAFETY JOHN LYNCH ON PLAYING WITH A SPRAINED LEFT SHOULDER: "On the second play a guy broke out. I went after him with one hand and (Damien Robinson) came up and cleaned him out. The first (collision) felt all right, so I went after the next one with both hands, and I played that way for the rest of the game."

GUARD FRANK MIDDLETON ON THE OFFENSIVE SCHEME: "We ran a little more today. You give the ball to Dunn and he's going to break one. We are going back to playing the old way of football, just win, baby. We had to change up stuff at halftime and just go out and score some touchdowns. We just had to get on the same page and not mess up."

DEFENSIVE END WARREN SAPP ON THE VICTORY: "It was a blast today. Our backs were against the wall against the hottest team in football. You get two great defenses going at it with a very small margin of error. We have to be a unit. We are four people going after your quarterback and we put a hurting on them today. We set the tone up front. It sets us up for a championship run as long as we settle our business, and we'll be fine. I expect the world from this football club and we are on track."

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