ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After a 10-0 start on the road against the Buffalo Bills, the Bucs tied things up with a 3-yard touchdown from quarterback Baker Mayfield to wide receiver Chris Godwin on a slant route midway through the second quarter. The touchdown tied the game at 10-10.
The Bills were in man coverage with Taron Johnson lined up against Godwin. Entering tonight, the Bucs had scored 6 TDs on 16 red-zone attempts — a huge area of struggle. The Bucs’ 37.5% red-zone touchdown rate is 28th in the league through eight games.
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It came less than a minute after safety Antoine Winfield Jr. came unblocked on a blitz and tipped a Josh Allen pass straight up into the air that defensive lineman Will Gholston recovered at the Buffalo 23-yard line.
Just before that, kicker Chase McLaughlin drilled a 57-yard field goal. McLaughlin had an earlier 50-yard field goal attempt blocked on the Bucs’ second possession.
Buffalo answered Tampa Bay’s score with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Dalton Kincaid to put the Bills back ahead, 17-10, in the second quarter.