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Bengals, Redskins face off in London in early NFL start

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Wake up, NFL fans! Week eight of the season features an early start from London, where the Cincinnati Bengals host the Washington Redskins. The 9:30 a.m. Eastern (1330 GMT) kickoff from Wembley Stadium launches the first of 11 games Sunday. It’s also the last of this year’s three NFL contests in London. Wembley, the 84,000-seat home of English soccer, is expecting another sellout crowd to watch the Bengals (3-4) against the Redskins (4-3). Later, the Patriots (6-1) take their two-game…

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Washington washes away Bucs in preseason finale, 20-13

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This is the NFL? The Tampa Bay Bucs lost 20-13 to the Washington Redskins Wednesday night, concluding the preseason for both teams. Few regulars played in the game, played in a downpour from nearing Hurricane Hermine. Few fans attended the game. “This game serves a purpose,” said coach Dirk Koetter. How much were tickets? The Bucs didn’t dress out 25 players from their roster, including most of their starters. The Redskins didn’t dress 26, including most of their starters. Worst…

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Bucs final preseason game moved to Wednesday night

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Those quick starts that coach Dirk Koetter has been shooting for will continue for another week. Thursday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Bucs and Washington Redskins has been moved to Wednesday night. The change is in an effort to avoid anticipated severe weather from Tropical Depression Nine which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area. “We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather…

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Look for an unknown player or 2 to star wild-card weekend

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Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, J.J. Watt and the other star players got their teams to the playoffs. With the season on the line, a lesser-known player often makes the difference. Remember Malcolm Butler? The Green Bay Packers won three road games as a sixth-seed in 2010 before they beat Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t have advanced if it weren’t for a surprise performance in the wild-card round, when rookie James Starks had 123 yards rushing in…

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A good year to be a wild card in NFL playoffs

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It looks like it’s a good year to be a wild card in the NFL playoffs. The oddsmakers certainly think so, making Kansas City (3 points), Pittsburgh (2 1-2), and Seattle (5 1-2) favorites on the road in the opening round of the postseason. The only wild card that is an underdog is slumping Green Bay, and by only a point at Washington. Those wise guys also have made the sixth-seeded Seahawks the third choice to win the NFC at…

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Bucs find a way to blow a 24-point lead against Washington

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Jameis Winston was turnover free. Doug Martin was loose in the secondary. Mike Evans was a beast. And the Bucs lost. The defense scored a touchdown. It smothered the opponent’s running game. It played from ahead. And the Bucs lost. The Bucs gave up just one sack. It lost just one fumble on its final play.Winston threw for almost 300 yards. And the Bucs lost. Say it again: The Bucs lost. They blew a 24-point lead along the way, and…

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So far, the Bucs have relied on Doug Martin to lead the way to victory

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For all the talk about rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, the key question for the Tampa Bay Bucs is this: If they cannot run, can they win? So far, you can make a fine case that it’s tailback Doug Martin who has led the Bucs to their wins against New Orleans and Jacksonville with Winston playing the supporting role. Martin had 78 yards against the Saints and 123 against the Jags. Winston has thrown only 40 passes in the two wins,…

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