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Bucs can set tone for season with win vs. Pats

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots into Raymond James Stadium tonight for the national anthem and a little football. Odds makers have installed the Patriots as 5-point favorites, but this year’s model has a few chinks in the armor, especially the league’s lowest-ranked defense.

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Nick Folk redeems himself with game-winning FG for Bucs

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Jameis Winston threw for 332 and three touchdowns without an interception, and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 25-23 victory over the winless New York Giants on Sunday. Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point earlier in the day, booting the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning’s second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25.

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Case Keenum has career day as Vikes blitz Bucs

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Case Keenum gave Minnesota a brilliant performance in relief of Sam Bradford, passing for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards without a turnover to guide the Vikings to a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Stefon Diggs had 173 yards receiving and caught two of Keenum’s throws for scores, one short and one long.

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Jameis Winston, Buccaneers’ defense shines in rout of Bears

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Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards and one touchdown Sunday, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers return from an unscheduled bye week forced by Hurricane Irma to open the season with a 29-7 rout of the mistake-prone Chicago Bears. The defense stymied former teammate Mike Glennon with four turnovers. Robert McClain returned one of the quarterback’s two interceptions for a TD, and the Bucs didn’t let the Bears into the end zone until Deonte Thompson scored on a 14-yard reception with…

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Bucs made the plays to win; Jags, Dolphins did not

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Florida’s three NFL teams were all underdogs heading into their season-opening games. The Atlanta Falcons were three-point home favorites over the Bucs, while Miami was a 10-point underdog in Seattle and Green Bay was favored by five in Jacksonville. As we know, only the Bucs were able to come away with the upset win. There are fundamental reasons why: leadership, confidence and the ability to make plays at crucial times. The Dolphins played a strong defensive game, but that was…

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Bucs coach Lovie Smith optimistic that playoffs aren’t far away

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The schedule will be harder. The climb will be steeper. The stakes will be higher. But, yes, Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith said the team should reach the playoffs next season. “We should,” Smith said in his day-after news conference. “I’m going to go back to, we were 6-6, with a quarter (of the season) to go. That was progress, to get in position, and things looked pretty bright for us. We weren’t quite ready to take that next…

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Bucs’ Kwon Alexander honored as NFL’s Defensive Player of the Week

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His personal tragedy, losing his younger brother the day before, would have made the Bucs’  Kwon Alexander a candidate for Defensive Player of the Week. How many players endure a pain that deep? His 11 tackles would have made Alexander a candidate. Ripping the ball out of receiver Julio Jones’ hands and his two interceptions (one negated by penalty) would have made him a candidate. Being the best defender of a team that won in overtime on the road on…

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