While the renovations are complete at Ralph Wilson Stadium, it was evident Saturday afternoon that this team is still a work in progress. A 17-point second quarter allowed the Tampa Buccaneers to jump out to a 24-0 lead at halftime and hold on for a 27-14 victory over Buffalo.
The game started just like the past three preseason games. The Bills offense continued to struggle moving the ball, but the defense was able to keep the opposing team in check. However, due to the offensive struggles and poor punts by Brian Moorman, the Bucs consistently got good field position, and eventually the floodgates opened for Tampa Bay in the second quarter.
EJ Manuel and the rest of the Bills offense really didn't get going until the third quarter with two back-to-back drives ending in touchdowns. Over those two drives, Manuel went 10-of-10 for 117 yards and one touchdown pass. Unfortunately, these numbers came against the second string, which causes concerns about whether it finally clicked for Manuel or he was playing against a weaker defense.
The following slides contain grades for each positional unit, taking a closer look at how each group performed against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.