Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith hasn’t been all that happy with his defense this preseason.

Oh, he likes that they went into their preseason game against the Bills on Saturday ranked 11th overall in total defense and first overall against the run.

But that’s not good enough for Smith.

He wants more and he spent the past week asking for it.

In particular, he asked his defensive line to create more sacks and he asked his defense in general to force more takeaways.

He got precisely what he asked for during the Bucs’ 27-14 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Before the second-team defense allowed the Bills to make the game interesting in the second half, the Bucs used a pair of sacks and three takeaways to build what proved to be an insurmountable 24-0 halftime lead.

The defense had one of the Bucs’ first-half touchdowns, that coming when a sack by left end Adrian Clayborn and a strip by right end Michael Johnson created a fumble that nose tackle Clinton McDonald grabbed and ran 17 yards with for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.