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Bucs’ mistakes doom them in narrow loss to Los Angeles

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The distance to the end zone was so close. The time on the clock was so fast. And, for the Tampa Bay Bucs, the mistakes were too plentiful. The Bucs fell to 1-2 Sunday, losing 37-32 to a Los Angeles Rams team that had scored only nine points all season long. The defeat came despite 405 yards passing by Jameis Winston. But Tampa Bay doomed itself with its own mistakes. Winston had a sack-fumble-touchdown-return play. Roberto Aguayo missed a field…

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Bucs hope a home game against Rams fires up their defense

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Finally, the Tampa Bay Bucs come home. After spending the first fortnight of the season on the road, the 1-1 Bucs play against the Rams at 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay is coming off a sobering 40-7 loss to Arizona. “It’s fantastic to be at home, number one,” said Bucs’ coach Dirk Koetter. “As I said many times, we’re one of three teams to start the first two games on the road and we’d love to be 2-0, but we’re 1-1…

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Super Bowl rematch: Panthers-Broncos opens season

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Super Bowl rematch. Minus Peyton Manning, of course. The NFL season will begin the way the last one ended, with the Denver Broncos playing the Carolina Panthers. Denver beat Carolina 24-10 in February in the Super Bowl, Manning’s final game. The rematch will be on Thursday night, Sept. 8 in Denver. “We’re glad that it’s out,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said. “We knew who we were going to play and now we know when we’re…

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St. Louis unites against common enemy: Stan Kroenke

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St. Louis football fans don’t have the 49ers or Seahawks to hate anymore. They have a new nemesis: Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL executives who helped take away the team. It wasn’t exactly moving trucks sneaking the Colts out of Baltimore or moving the Browns from Cleveland, but Tuesday’s decision to relocate the Rams to Los Angeles left Missouri’s biggest city with bruised feelings, millions of dollars of unpaid debt from the current stadium and the distinction of…

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Bucs’ Lovie Smith discusses another disappointing defeat

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They had enough first downs. Thirty of them, in fact. They had enough yards. Five-hundred and nine of them. But, given that, shouldn’t there have been more points for the Bucs in their 31-23 loss to the St. Louis Rams Thursday night? Count Bucs’ coach Lovie Smith among those who think so. The Bucs scored 17 of their points in the fourth quarter, including their last score with 1:34 to play. “When you have almost 30 first downs and over 500…

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Bucs fall to Rams despite huge night by offensive stars

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Jameis Winston threw for more yards than he has ever thrown in the NFL. Doug Martin took over the NFL rushing lead. Mike Evans caught the most passes of any game in his career. And the Bucs lost. Badly. They outgained the Rams by 190 yards, and they had 30 first downs. And still, Tampa Bay lost a 31-23 game in what might have been the Rams’ final game in St. Louis. That’s how bad the Bucs’ pass defense was…

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Can Bucs’ Jameis Winston outplay Rams’ Todd Gurley?

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The all-red uniforms of the Tampa Bay Bucs. The all-yellow uniforms of the St. Louis Rams. The all-green turf of the Edward Jones Dome. For goodness sakes, this isn’t a football game. It’s a traffic light. Evidently, the NFL believed that bright colors would distract fans from disappointing football. The Bucs are 6-7 on the season and the Rams are 5-8. And instead of representing excellence as they once did — the Rams on offense, the Bucs on defense —…

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