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Saints down Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans home finale

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“Gus Bradley has never talked about the playoffs in his time with the Jaguars” – Random CBS Z-List Announcer When two 5-9 teams meet, one thing is all but certain. One of those teams will end up 5-10. Less certain: one quarterback throwing for over 400 yards. And the other one (who had 368 yards himself)? Hit in the groin with a shotgun snap. The final score and final box score (larded with garbage time production) might lead one to…

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For Jacksonville Jaguars, is there motivation left for 2015?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have their penultimate game of this football season at 4:05 on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. While there apparently is a path to the playoffs that involves the Colts and Texans losing out and the Jags winning out, it’s hard to get excited about that given the opportunities the Jags have had and blown this year. The Jaguars: a 5-9 team that could have been 9-5. Instead, Sunday’s game will be more of interest to…

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Saints won’t judge Bucs’ Jameis Winston on rough debut

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After top overall draft choice Jameis Winston flopped in his NFL debut, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith decided his rookie quarterback could benefit from a history lesson. Some elite NFL quarterbacks of today had rough days of their own early in their careers. Saints all-time leading passer Drew Brees, whom the Bucs will see Sunday in the Superdome, was benched more than once during his first couple seasons in San Diego. Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions during his rookie…

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Bucs, Gators seek improvement, face challenges on the road

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As college football heads into its third weekend and the NFL its second, one last reflection of last weekend provides a good preview to the next. Two games are worth noting. The Debacle on Dale Mabry tops the list. The Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston rematch was every bit as exciting as last May’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. Unfortunately, Jameis was cast in the role formerly played by Pacquiao. In both cases, the ballyhoo far exceeded the contest.…

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