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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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Russell Wilson steals win away from Dolphins

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Adam Gase was hired by the Miami Dolphins to turn around the fortunes of a proud franchise. His specialty is offense, but even he would not give his team a passing grade after their 12-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday. Despite a meager 222 yards of total offense, Miami was in position to upset the Seahawks and send their legions of fans home unhappy. The Dolphins led 10-6 and needed just one more stop to make the…

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Plenty to prove in 2015 for many of NFL’s key figures

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Nice job, Tom Brady. Peyton Manning, you’re up next. The 39-year-old quarterback is under pressure to prove his decline at the end of last season was because of  a torn thigh and not time catching up to him like a linebacker firing through the line unblocked. His boss, John Elway, is trying to take some load off his shoulders just like the Broncos did during Elway’s own Super Bowl runs in the late 1990s when a good ground game and…

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Former Gator Percy Harvin seeks return to elite status

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Few players at any position have ever come out of the University of Florida with more raw talent than Percy Harvin. This guy was bound to be a star in the National Football League for years to come. His three seasons in Gainesville provided plenty of highlights for NFL scouts to consider. It wasn’t until the end of his freshman year when the SEC, Florida State and the nation saw what he could do. In a 21-14 win against FSU…

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