The Buffalo Bills secured a hard-fought victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a final score of 24-18. In a thrilling Thursday Night Football showdown, Josh Allen demonstrated his prowess, remaining undefeated on this special night. The Bills’ quarterback delivered a remarkable performance, completing 78% of his passes, accumulating 324 passing yards, and notching two impressive touchdowns. His only blemish was an interception resulting from a tipped pass.

Josh Allen wasn’t just a force through the air; he also showcased his agility by rushing for 41 yards and scoring a crucial rushing touchdown on seven carries. Allen’s ability to use his feet effectively, combined with his smart decision-making, allowed him to evade defenders and avoid unnecessary contact.

In a game where injuries sidelined key tight ends Dawson Knox and Quintin Morris, rookie Dalton Kincaid stepped up to the plate. Kincaid had a standout performance, reeling in five receptions for 65 yards and securing his first career touchdown.

The second quarter witnessed a pivotal moment when Allen connected with Kincaid for a 22-yard touchdown pass, propelling the Bills into the lead. Kincaid’s exuberant celebration with fans in the stands made it a memorable moment.

The Bills’ offense, which had struggled in previous games, showed a marked improvement in the first half, scoring 17 points. Tyler Bass, who had missed two field goal attempts the previous week, redeemed himself with a successful 37-yard kick that put the Bills in the lead, a lead they held onto for the remainder of the game.

The Bills’ defense and special teams played a vital role in the first half, containing Baker Mayfield and the Buccaneers’ offense. Defensive end Shaq Lawson made a crucial play by tipping a field goal attempt, denying the Buccaneers their first points of the game.

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Although the Buccaneers found their rhythm and Chris Godwin’s spectacular catch led to a 57-yard field goal, tying the game at 10-10, Dalton Kincaid’s touchdown regained the lead for Buffalo just before halftime.

The third quarter began with Allen targeting Kincaid once again, resulting in an 18-yard gain. Allen orchestrated an efficient 9-play drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Gabe Davis, their last score of the day.

Following this offensive burst, both teams struggled to put together successful drives, resulting in six consecutive punts. Bills punter Sam Martin demonstrated his precision by pinning three of his four punts inside the 10-yard line, with two downed within the 5-yard line. However, one punt resulted in a touchback after an unsuccessful attempt to down the ball.

Tampa Bay mounted a late-game challenge, scoring a touchdown with a successful two-point conversion, narrowing the gap. With Buffalo forced to punt, Mayfield drove the Buccaneers to their own 45-yard line, attempting a Hail Mary in the final moments. As the ball descended amidst a cluster of Bills defenders and Buccaneers receivers, it fell to the ground in the Bills’ end zone, sealing the victory for Buffalo.

This victory improved the Bills’ season record to 5-3, and they now set their sights on a clash with the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Key Stats and Facts to Know:

  • With his three total touchdowns in this win, Josh Allen has now tied quarterback Dan Marino for the second-most touchdowns in a player’s first six seasons, with 199. Only Patrick Mahomes (204) has more.
  • Allen’s rushing touchdown marked the 43rd of his career, tying him with Steve Young for the second-most by an NFL quarterback. Cam Newton leads all quarterbacks with 75.
  • Josh Allen remains undefeated on Thursday games, boasting a perfect 6-0 record. Prior to this game, Baker Mayfield was undefeated on Thursday Night Football.
  • Dalton Kincaid emerged as a major asset in the Bills’ passing game, boasting 65 yards and an exceptional catch rate of 30-of-34 targets this season, the highest among rookies and sixth-highest overall in the NFL.
  • Ed Oliver’s second-quarter sack equaled his personal season-high, a feat he last achieved in 2019. The Bills’ defensive tackle contributed with two total tackles, following his return from a toe injury.
  • Josh Allen has thrown 18 passing TDs on scrambles outside the tackle box to the right side of the formation since 2020, the most in the NFL during that span, including his pass to Kincaid.
  • Gabe Davis had a career day with nine receptions, surpassing his previous high of six receptions, which he had achieved on three separate occasions.

SCORING PLAYS:

  1. 8:04 1Q | BUF 3 TB 0 | Tyler Bass nailed a 37-yard field goal.
  2. 11:03 2Q | BUF 10 TB 0 | Josh Allen executed a 13-yard touchdown run.
  3. 7:40 2Q | BUF 10 TB 3 | Chase McLaughlin made a 57-yard field goal.
  4. 6:46 2Q | BUF 10 TB 10 | Baker Mayfield passed to Chris Godwin for a 3-yard touchdown.
  5. 2:40 2Q | BUF 17 TB 10 | Josh Allen connected with Dalton Kincaid for a 22-yard touchdown.
  6. 10:40 3Q | BUF 24 TB 10 | Josh Allen found Gabe Davis for a 4-yard touchdown.
  7. 2:44 4Q | BUF 24 TB 17 | Baker Mayfield’s 24-yard pass to Mike Evans resulted in a touchdown. Cade Otten completed the two-point conversion, making it GOOD.