By Jeff Berlinicke
The Tampa Bay Bucs defense held strong on Sunday during its 19-3 win over the
Buffalo Bills, but none came up stronger than linebacker Shelton Quarles who
sacked Bills quarterback J.P. Losman in the end zone to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead
while their offense was stalling.
It was the first safety by the Bucs since 2003 when New York Giants long snapper
Carson Dach snapped the ball through the end zone.
On Sunday, the Bucs wore white jerseys at home for only the fifth time since
1997 when Raymond James Stadium opened. The last time they wore white was when
they lost in overtime to the New Orleans Saints in 2002.
Safety Will Allen made his first start in his NFL career. Cornerback Juran Bolden started his first game as a Buccaneer.
Safety Kalvin Peterson was promoted from the practice squad on Friday and made
his NFL debut on the opening kickoff coverage team.
In his second career game, Cadillac Williams rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown
on 24 carries. In his first two NFL games, he has rushed for 276 yards and two
Michael Pittman finally carried the ball for the first time of the season, going
for nine yards late in the second quarter. He also caught his first pass of the
season on the Bucs' second possession.
Tampa Bay held the Bills to only 147 total yards, marking the first time the
Bucs have held an opponent under 200 yards since they held San Francisco to 190
yards last season in a 30-3 win. The Bucs defense has held Minnesota and Buffalo
under 50 yards in each of its first two games.
Simeon Rice sacked Losman for his 107th career sack. The Bucs defense has not
allowed a touchdown this season.
Quarterback Brian Griese had his team-record streak of 12 straight games with a
touchdown pass snapped. It was also the first time Griese has not thrown a
touchdown pass in a game since joining the Bucs.
Bucs Notes: Quarles Set The Tone In Win
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