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Bills Head to Tampa

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The Bills and Buccaneers are both looking to bounce back from tough losses last week on Sunday.

To a man the Bills say they are aiming for an 8-8 campaign, meaning they need to rip off four straight to finish the season. Buffalo hasn't won back-to-back games yet this year. To win four in a row, you first have to win one - that starts with Tampa Bay who has won three of their last four after starting 0-8.

Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel has yet to win on the road. To get that first feather in his cap it starts by figuring out a Bucs defense that has forced a league-best 17 interceptions, from a secondary led by Darrelle Revis.

"Yeah, you have to be on point with all your balls. You can't necessarily stare a guy down, you can't look one way and just try to think that he's not going to play the receiver very closely," Manuel said. "Sometimes he runs the routes for the receivers, I've seen him do that on film. He's one of the premier corners in the league."

"To me, I’m going in to the game trying to be balanced," running back C.J. Spiller said. "We just want to have one more point than what they have at the end of the game. That’s the biggest thing; it’s not about all that other stuff. It’s all about who has that last point more than their opponent. That’s the mindset that you have to have and we want to have a balanced attack and I think we will."

The defense gets a crack at Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon this week. The D was able to force fellow rookie Geno Smith into a number of mistakes in a win over the Jets. The challenge is to duplicate that against Glennon.

"He's talented. He has a strong arm," safety Jairus Byrd said. "He knows where he wants to go with the ball. I think he's started 9 games now and he's shown improvement every week. He's doing a good job now of having a better grasp of the offense."

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