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Breaking Madden, Week 8: The quest for 511 touchdowns in a game - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning is now the all-time leader in touchdown passes with 510. Brett Favre's mission: to surpass that in a single game. We realize how impossible this sounds.

Gerald McCoy says Bucs defense has earned title of being 'soft' | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Gerald McCoy says the Bucs defense is soft. Worse yet, he says, it's on tape for all of the NFL to see.

Vincent Jackson on trade talk: 'I'm happy here in Tampa' | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has reportedly drawn interest from other NFL teams before next week's trade deadline, but the 31-year-old said Thursday he wants to help turn around his team in Tampa Bay.

Scouting Report, Week 8: When the Bucs play the Vikings, things could get messy | Tampa Bay Times
A new defensive-minded head coach, an early season change at quarterback, shaky offensive line play and five losses — sounds like the resume of the 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, doesn't it?

Hot Reads: WR Jackson wants to stay with Bucs | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Bucs WR Vincent Jackson has heard all the trade rumors involving his name, but hasn’t heard anything from Bucs officials to suggest there’s any truth to them.

Bucs notes: QB dilemma is whether to activate McCown | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
The biggest decision Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has to make regarding QB Josh McCown this week is not whether to start him, but whether to activate him.

Bucs' McCoy: We're playing soft, just have to be tougher | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
There might be no worse insult for a football player than to be called soft, but All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy says the Bucs have all but earned that moniker through their 1-5 start.

McCoy Says Bucs Defense Is Soft, Stop Excuses | Pewter Report

Minnesota Vikings game has extra meaning for Leslie Frazier - ESPN
TAMPA, Fla. -- Leslie Frazier wouldn’t say it, but Lovie Smith did.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' coach Lovie Smith doesn't dispute Gerald McCoy - ESPN
Coach says if captain call defense soft, there is probably something to it

Former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier supportive of Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson - ESPN
During his time as the Minnesota Vikings' head coach, Leslie Frazier had contrasting relationships with the two star players on his offense: Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.

Data Crunch: Success After Bye Weeks

Meet the man who fixed the Dallas Cowboys defense - SBNation.com
It was supposed to be another down year for the Dallas Cowboys defense. Instead, they're a top-10 unit and a big part of the team's 6-1 start. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli provided SB Naiton with some insight in a one-on-one interview.

Matchup Index: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Daily Norseman
The Daily Norseman dives deep into statistical trends and player grades to find possible matchups to exploit.