Thursday Night Football highlights: Buffalo beats the Buccaneers 24-18.

The Buffalo Bills (5-3) defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) on Thursday to kick off Week 8 of the NFL season at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

As of Thursday, both teams were in second place in their respective divisions, following Week 7 losses. In a divisional game, New England stunned Buffalo, and Tampa Bay was defeated by Atlanta by the slimmest of margins.

The Bills were led by Josh Allen, who recently took the blame for the offense's recent difficulties, while the Buccaneers were experiencing their worst two-game scoring streak in six years and Baker Mayfield was trying to get his club back on track.


Buffalo was trapped at its own 4-yard line by Tampa Bay, but managed to get the ball past midfield. On this drive, wideout Khalil Shakir caught three passes and attempted to run over a defender (as seen in the next GIF). Later, Tyler Bass kicked a field goal from 37 yards out, and it went through.


The Bills drove to within a few yards of the end zone after Buccaneers kicker Chase McLaughlin had a field goal attempt from 50 yards out tipped by Shaq Lawson. Thus, at the 1-yard line, Tampa Bay made a game-saving defensive stand.

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After the next drive ended in a three-and-out for the Buccaneers, Deonte Harris returned Jake Camarda's punt to the Tampa Bay 23-yard line for a touchdown. Allen then scored on a 13-yard run five plays later.

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The Buccaneers advanced into Buffalo Bills territory after Mayfield completed a 31-yard pass to an open Chris Godwin. McLaughlin kicked a field goal from 57 yards out to put the Buccaneers on the scoreboard in the middle of the second quarter.

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Below is a replay of the Buccaneers' following possession, in which defensive tackle William Gholston intercepted a ball thrown by Allen after it was deflected by Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. The Buccaneers then made it a ten-point game.

Godwin made a great grab for Tampa Bay's quarterback for a 3-yard score the play after Mayfield got the ball out to running back Rachaad White, who picked up 20 yards on a screen throw.

Buffalo scored on the ninth play of their second possession when quarterback Josh Allen completed a pass to tight end Dalton Kincaid for a 22-yard touchdown.

Allen scored two touchdowns for Buffalo in the first half, one on the ground and one via the air, while Tampa Bay scored a touchdown soon after forcing a turnover. Total yardage was 244 for the Bills and 163 for the Buccaneers.

The Bills came out strong to start the second half, scoring 14 points after Allen threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Gabe Davis, who was all alone in the end zone.

With 2:44 remained in the fourth quarter, Mayfield completed a pass to wide receiver Mike Evans for a 24-yard touchdown. The drive took 17 plays, covered 96 yards, and ate up 7:20.

Position: Tight End The extra point was successful when Cade Otton caught a tipped ball in the end zone. Despite a heroic Hail Mary effort, Tampa Bay still lost by a score of 24-18.

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