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Drew Brees will start against the Cowboys this week -
Head coach Sean Payton said Friday that the Saints expect to have their starting quarterback in the lineup this week.

The NFL's big money free agents are all huge disappointments -
Danny Kelly and Stephen White discuss the disappointing state of this year's free-agent class, preview the best games from Week 4 and ponder quarterback questions in Kansas City and elsewhere.

England travel tips for the Dolphins and Jets from someone who has never been there for parole reasons -
A lot of people forget that England is a different country. Here are some helpful hints for how to survive a NFL weekend abroad in sunny London.

Ranking NFL owners as Bond villains -
Stan Kroenke isn't just scheming to move the Rams to Los Angeles, he's got a plan to take over the world!

Eli Manning isn't listening to the noise -
The New York Giants quarterback has been publicly criticized for his soft-spoken approach to leadership, but it's exactly what his team needs.

Bucs Coaches, D-Line Talk About Gap Integrity | Pewter Report
Missed tackles are easy to highlight and the Bucs certainly had a few too many last Sunday in Houston.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Alterraun Verner on role: Trust in coaches - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Alterraun Verner has seen his playing time decrease the past two weeks, but he's prepared to do what's best.

Bucs' Gerald McCoy on Cam Newton: 'That dude really might be Superman' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay hasn't faced Cam Newton since Week 13 in 2013, when he threw for 263 yards and ran for 68 in a Panthers victory.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Kwon Alexander ready for next challenge - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander has wasted no time in making a difference for the Buccaneers defense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin practices after day off - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Bucs RB Doug Martin, who 'nicked' a knee in Wednesday's practice and sat out Thursday, returned on Friday and is expected to play against Carolina.

Bucs to start CB Jenkins ahead of Verner in place of injured Banks | and The Tampa Tribune
The expected absence of Tampa Bay cornerback Johnthan Banks, who is likely to miss Sunday’s game against Carolina with a knee injury, will likely result in fellow corner Mike Jenkins making his first start as a Buccaneer.

Bucs RB Martin: Will play vs. Panthers, ‘nicked’ knee is fine | and The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received a bit of a scare this week when running back Doug Martin sustained a knee injury that forced him to sit out Thursday’s practice at One Buc Place.

Bucs Hot Reads: Team seeks first RJS win under Smith | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — In nine years as head coach of the Bears, Lovie Smith became accustomed to success at Soldier Field as Chicago posted a 45-27 mark at home.

Bucs Talk: Lookahead to Tampa Bay vs. Carolina | and The Tampa Tribune
Olivia Stacey and Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings preview the Buccaneers’ fourth game of the season against the Carolina Panthers.

For Bucs' Kwon Alexander, actions speak louder than words | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander is the only player who is supposed to speak up in the defensive huddle. It's ironic, because the quiet catalyst for the Bucs is someone who rarely has too much to say otherwise.

Panthers vs. Bucs Scouting Report, Week 4: Is Cam Newton a more accurate passer? | Tampa Bay Times
The Houston Texans didn't light the field on fire Sunday, but the offense did deliver a better performance against the Bucs than it did the previous week against the Panthers.

Alterraun Verner tumbles on Bucs' depth chart (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Alterraun Verner came to town last year among the Bucs' biggest free agent additions, a Pro Bowl cornerback proudly signed to a four-year, $26 million contract.