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Writing off some teams early in schedule a mistake

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Anyone who wrote off the Texans, Chiefs, Redskins and Bears when they slid to the bottom of the early NFL standings better have used pencil. While those four teams don’t have championship-level talent, they’ve revived their fortunes and are making some noise. Yes, all are 4-5 and have the kind of holes that make them virtual non-contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. But they’re revitalized and figure to be dangerous opponents down the stretch, with the Texans and Redskins still in…

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Buccaneers feel they’re on right track with Winston

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are encouraged by the way Jameis Winston is performing, even if the young quarterback’s progress isn’t reflected in the team’s record. Coach Lovie Smith reiterated Monday that the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft is making strides weekly, and that key players around the rookie are getting better, too. The Bucs (1-2) wasted an opportunity to climb over .500 at any point in a season for the first time in nearly three years…

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