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Bucs training camp: a golden opportunity for running backs not named Doug Martin

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With training camp fully underway, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are preparing for their first preseason game against the Bengals in Cincinnati just 9 days from now. As usual, starters will play only a few series before letting the backups and newcomers show their stuff. This year’s camp will provide two particular areas of interest on the offensive side of the ball. First will be the unveiling of tight end O.J. Howard, the team’s top draft pick, and newly acquired deep receiving threat…

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Bengals, Redskins face off in London in early NFL start

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Wake up, NFL fans! Week eight of the season features an early start from London, where the Cincinnati Bengals host the Washington Redskins. The 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1330 GMT) kickoff from Wembley Stadium launches the first of 11 games Sunday. It’s also the last of this year’s three NFL contests in London. Wembley, the 84,000-seat home of English soccer, is expecting another sellout crowd to watch the Bengals (3-4) against the Redskins (4-3). Later, the Patriots (6-1) take their two-game…

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Look for an unknown player or 2 to star wild-card weekend

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Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, J.J. Watt and the other star players got their teams to the playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference. Remember Malcolm Butler? The Green Bay Packers won three road games as a sixth-seed in 2010 before they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t have advanced if it weren’t for a surprise performance in the wild-card round, when rookie James Starks had 123 yards rushing in…

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A good year to be a wild card in NFL playoffs

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It looks like it’s a good year to be a wild card in the NFL playoffs. The oddsmakers certainly think so, making Kansas City (3 points), Pittsburgh (2 1-2), and Seattle (5 1-2) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington. Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at…

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Cincinnati hoping for playoff success after unbeaten start

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The Cincinnati Bengals are dreaming large. They are 8-0 and fairly unchallenged, and they certainly don’t expect a lot of resistance in tonight’s Monday night football game against the 3-5 Houston Texans. Quarterback Andy Dalton has never been better, and the Bengals have scored at least 24 points in seven of eight games. Houston, on the other hand, has had a terrible running game in its five losses. However, despite their record, the Texans are only one game down in…

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Johnny Manziel leads Browns’ upset hopes against Cincinnati

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Johnny Manziel, trying to give the Cleveland Browns some reason to hope, has his opportunity Thursday night. Manziel and the Cleveland Browns play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle of Ohio on “Thursday Night Football.” Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner whose pro career has been defined by controversy, starts for the injured Josh McCown. Unfortunately for Manziel, the last time he played against the Bengals, he lost 30-0. His job will be a difficult one this time, too,…

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston gets his first preseason start at Raymond James

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Now that he is a grizzled veteran of one game, Tampa Bay Bucs‘ quarterback Jameis Winston will try to be a more efficient quarterback. Winston starts for the second time for the Bucs after an up-and-down first game against the Minnesota Vikings. Winston hit nine of 19 passes, but he had a quarterback rating of only 48.4 yards largely due to a slow start. In his second game, tonight against the Bengals at Raymond James Stadium, Winston will try to…

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