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Tampa Bay Buccaneers not on hot seat, but several Super Bowl contenders are

It doesn’t take long for the pressure to mount in the NFL. Just two games into the 2014 season, plenty of people find themselves under the microscope, trying to answer questions about their most-recent performance. Who is in that spot? Here are five on the hot seat this weekend: *** 5. Peyton Manning Manning’s last game against Seattle wasn’t pretty The Broncos quarterback...
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Thursday Night Football:18-5 ATS Trend

Thursday Night Record: 1-1 The 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Atlanta on Thursday night to play the Falcons. Both teams are coming off a loss in week 2. Tampa is banged up on the defensive side of the ball and Atlanta has some injuries on the offensive side of the ball, although prized rookie LT Jake Matthews appears ready to play. Mike Smith is 5-1 at home against Tampa Bay...
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Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Lovie Smith deemed top disappointment so far

It’s early. That’s a true statement, as we’re only two games into a 16-game season. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough data to start assessing the performance thus far of every team, player and coach in the NFL. And when the grades start getting compiled, there are some dismal marks on the report. Slow starts abound around the league. Who falls into this category...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bucs vs Falcons Tickets Going For Half Off For Thursday Nights Meeting

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return to the Georgia Dome to visit the Atlanta Falcons this Thursday in Week 3 of NFL football.  Atlanta has had some issues on defense allowing the most yards of any defense in the league and are the lone team to have yet to record a sack.  Atlanta hopes playing at home will help bounce back their quarterback, Matt Ryan, who had a rough performance...
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Falcons, Bucs both eager to get back on field

ATLANTA (AP) The short week came at a good time for the Atlanta Falcons. Ditto for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams are eager to get back on the field Thursday night after the way they played the last time out. The Falcons (1-1) were mauled at Cincinnati, losing 24-10 in a game that really wasn't that close. The Bucs (0-2) lost at home to St. Louis, failing to take advantage...
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Bucs must upset Falcons to bounce back from a pair of disappointing losses

TAMPA, Fla. -- Well, this was unexpected. On paper, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be 2-0. On paper, they faced quarterbacks with little name recognition -- backup Derek Anderson and back-to-the-backup Austin Davis -- and the Bucs still lost to the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams at home. That's not good. On paper, the Bucs should lose to the Atlanta Falcons at 8:25 p.m...
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What’s Wrong with Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Defense?

The Radio waves and Twittersphere are going crazy for Josh McCown’s head on a platter; not since the days of the other Coach (Schiano) have Bucs fans been in such an uproar. But if you look or Banks has replaced injured Mike Jenkins, one of many fallen defensive players listen close enough, you’ll hear another question being asked just enough times, if not rare too: “What happened...
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Atlanta Falcons host rapidly sinking Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were supposed to be vastly improved this year. The standings show a big, fat zero in the win column. Yes, the talent base looks good on both sides of the ball. New coach Lovie Smith was a winner in Chicago and has brought a freshness to the environment in Tampa. Yet his team lost two straight at home, both in close calls, but still defeats. Next up is Thursday...
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Bucs backup RB Rainey making name for himself

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) It hasn't taken long for Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith to develop an appreciation for Bobby Rainey, the diminutive running back who's making a name for himself as Doug Martin's backup. The play of the third-year pro has been one of the few encouraging aspects of the disappointing 0-2 record the Bucs will take into Thursday night game at Atlanta...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Get used to Josh McCown, he is not going anywhere except back to Tampa Bay Buccaneers huddle.

Reading user comments can be a recipe for a heart attack; apart from trollers who say things just to get a rise out of you, the range of opinions is enormous; going from Be patient to Glazers should fire Lovie Smith! Really? Fire Lovie ? after week 2? Offensive Line improved, as did most of the team. For those who really feel that way or are even leaning that way, let me explain...
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Doug Martin Will Start For Bucs vs. Rams

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams according to the Tampa Bay Times.Fantasy Spin:Coach Lovie Smith was adamant all week that Martin was not bench in the Week 1 loss. The coach also reassured the media that the Buccaneers would stay committed to the running game. Martin is a RB2 this week.
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Buccaneers Injury Update: Doug Martin likely to play

After suffering a left knee injury on Sunday, Doug Martin seems to be on track to play this Sunday. He returned to bench late in the game Sunday, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith decided to keep Bobby Rainey in the game as he said Rainey gave them a 'boost'.There has been a little controversy to Martin not returning. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Last...
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Doug Martin expected to play against Rams

Doug Martin is being listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams but he is expected to play in the contest according to the Tampa Bay Times. Lovie Smith has adamantly denied that Martin was benched in the Buccaneers opening week loss to the Panthers. Smith again has promised to stick to the ground game and has spoken to Martin. Depending on what you have read this...
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Doug Martin Expected To Play In Week 2

  According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is expected to play against the Rams in Week 2, despite his knee injury and being listed as questionable on the injury report. A report from USA Today, citing unnamed sources, mentioned that Martin had been benched for the blocking mistake and was unrelated to a knee injury. Head coach Lovie Smith clearly...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
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The Friday Links

Man, it’s a depressing time to be a Rams fan. And by time, I mean decade. Because the Rams are better at losing than any single thing you or I can do. In a league that specifically rigged to punish winners and elevate losers, the Rams consistently buck the odds and remain at the bottom of the barrel. ESPN has them ranked 32nd this week in their power poll. In case you’re wondering...
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Free Money: Picking every Week 2 NFL game against the spread

Looking to make this weekend’s slate of NFL games a little more interesting? Heading to Vegas and hoping to make a legal wager (or two)? Or trying to get off to a hot start in the office pool? I’m here to help. Below, you’ll find my picks against the spread for every game on the Week 2 NFL schedule, plus my explanation and rationale for each selection. While I don’t duck...
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Doug Martin Back At Practice

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.Fantasy Spin:This isn't a surprise as Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith called the injury minor. The bigger concern, however, is Martin's seemingly short lease with Smith. Plus, at less than 100 percent, Martin is a low-end RB2.
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Week Two: NFL Power Rankings

After a quite unpredictable opening week of professional football, here are the power rankings. Several teams have made quite a jump from the initial rankings in the preseason. Those who saw the greatest boost in ratings include the Lions, Dolphins, Bills, and Vikings. Among the teams to tumble the furthest were the Bears, Ravens, and Chiefs.#455040018 / gettyimages.com1. Seattle...
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Editorial: “This may take longer than we thought” Tony Dungy to Lovie Smith 1996 opening day

Those are the words Tony Dungy used to Lovie Smith after the first game of Dungy’s 1996 debut as Bucs head coach, when what could have been a simple 13-3 half time deficit was turned into a 24-3 instead which was too much for the Bucs to come back from. It was because of boneheaded plays and basically, the new Bucs acting like the old Bucs.Fast Forward to 2014 and I’m sure Lovie...
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Ambulance Chasers, Week 2: Puny, Puny Muscle Hamster

Week 1 in the NFL brought us a number of injuries, and it also brought us the (unnecessary) return of some of our favorite Saturday Night Live characters.  Reprising their Aaron Rodgers "Discount Double Check" series, State Farm graced us with a couple of new commercials featuring The Richmeister (Rob Schneider repeatedly saying "makin' copies!"), and of...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Give Lovie Smith Credit, He Won’t Rest Until the 53 Count!

http://bucstop.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/156/2014/09/2014-1-Patton-PR.m4v Solomon Patton was one of the unfortunate ones on the final cutdown, getting that dreaded phone call from the Turk, just like Larry English. Now both players have been given an opportunity to help out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their head coach, Lovie Smith, who deserves some credit for not settling. Patton...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Injury Update: Doug Martin suffered 'minor' injury

Doug Martin left Sunday's opening match-up with the Carolina Panthers with what was deemed a leg injury. Bucs' Head Coach Lovie Smith said that Martin's injury is minor and he was available to return late in the game.#454889618 / gettyimages.comAlthough Martin has been called by Lovie Smith his 'bell cow back', According to JoeBucsFan.com: “Doug did go down...
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NFL Notes: Browns, Buccaneers, Saints, & Titans

  Browns The Browns brought in veteran TE Kellen Davis for a workout on Tuesday. (Rand Getlin) Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith referred to RB Doug Martin‘s injury as “minor.” “Doug did go down with a little minor injury there, so we had to make a change, and from there he was able to come back and he was ready to go,” Smith said during a radio interview on Monday, via JoeBucsFan...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs coach Lovie Smith's honeymoon over in Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. -- The reality came like a two-by-four straight to the chin to many, and by Monday morning, the words directed at Lovie Smith's Tampa Bay Buccaneers remained sharp. They were found in print. They were found in analysis online. They were found in social media. They were found in sports talk on local airwaves. Frustration. Frustration. More frustration. Tampa Bay'...
Via Fox Sports Florida
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Smith wants Bucs offense to get off to fast start

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is waiting to see his team's offense get off to a fast start. ''If you look at what we did yesterday, in the first half we didn't have the ball enough,'' Smith said Monday, a day after the Bucs lost 20-14 to Carolina in their season opener. ''In order to establish an identity, you have to have...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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