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The Patriots' undefeated streak started in federal court, continued in Dallas -
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Let's recap Week 5 so far.

Steelers vs. Chargers 2015 final score: Mike Vick leads comeback over San Diego, 24-20 -
A slow game devolved into fireworks late in the third quarter, beginning with a Steelers pick-six against Philip Rivers.

The Seahawks lost their identity and they're losing games because of it -
Another late collapse, their third of the season, has Pete Carroll and the Seahawks asking questions about what kind of team they are and what kind of team they want to be.

MMBM: Odell Beckham is injury prone because of his haircut -
This is a guy who spends more time in front of a mirror than in front of a film screen. Until he realizes that hair is window dressing for your brain, he'll never be truly Elite.

The Steelers nearly lost on 'Monday Night Football' because of another NFL officiating error -
Thankfully, an egregious clock error likely did not impact the Steelers' win over the Chargers ... but it very easily could have.

The Steelers gambled and beat the Chargers with a gutsy last-second play call -
Pittsburgh made a risky call that could've led to a loss. But Le'Veon Bell got to the goal line, punched the ball across, and the Steelers got a W.

Lovie Smith Recaps Bucs' Win Over Jags
Upon Further Review: After reviewing the tape of Sunday's win over Jacksonville, Lovie Smith shared some new thoughts on the team's offensive identity, a new/returned kicker and the improving pass-rush.

A Day in the Life of Louis Murphy
An average Friday for the Buccaneers wide receiver.

Monday Afterthoughts: It’s Always Sunny In Tampa Bay | Pewter Report
Tampa Bay ended its 11-game home losing streak Sunday and heads into the bye week on a high note.

Defensive Game Grades: Buccaneers vs. Panthers | Pewter Report
It wasn't all pretty in the backend, but the Buccaneers got the effort they needed from the front four and linebackers, en route to six sacks and just 51 yards allowed on the ground.

Home win is what Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Lovie Smith needed - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Sunday's win was important for the Buccaneers' Lovie Smith, who needed to support his claim that the team was making progress.

Doug Martin up, Vincent Jackson down in Buccaneers' win - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
A look at Tampa Bay Buccaneers players who were "up" and "down" in the team's 38-31 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Lovie Smith hopes bye week benefits banged-up Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
A week off comes at a good time for the Buccaneers, as coach Lovie Smith is eager for the chance for his team to heal.

Bucs offense finds its identity in successful run game | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — There’s a little bit of Vince Lombardi in Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith in that Smith doesn’t much care if the opposition knows what he’s up to on the football field.

Bucs notes: Lovie still not satisfied with pass defense | and The Tampa Tribune
No matter when the bye week comes, there’s an aspect of its game a team needs to work on. The Bucs will spend a good part of their Week 6 bye trying to patch up their pass defense.

Winstometer Week 5: Jameis Winston resembles Andrew Luck | Tampa Bay Times
Jameis Winston moved into the top 10 in first-round rookie quarterback performance in the Bucs' 38-31 victory over the Jaguars.

Bucs Turning Point, Week 5: VICTORY! | Tampa Bay Times
Eleven times in the past 22 months, crestfallen Bucs fans exited Raymond James Stadium as if they had attended a funeral.

Bucs defense allowing big passing days | Tampa Bay Times
Each of the Bucs defensive backs wear gloves, but they have been as useless as catcher's mitts this season considering how rarely they have gotten their hands on the football.

Getting Mad At Greg Hardy Is The Easy Part
Ray Rice made it easy for us. Here was a running back whose performance was already trending down, took a plea deal, and followed the preferred script about begging for forgiveness. When he returned from his suspension looking for work, it was easy for teams to say no. Rice probably was going to be out of the league soon anyway; cold-cocking his future wife in a casino elevator just sped up the process.

Doug Martin owns top RB grade this season |
Tampa Bay's Doug Martin earned his career-best grade in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.