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Daily Bucs Links: Preparing for the Falcons

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The Onside Kick Family Hour: The Cowboys are dumb for employing Greg Hardy -
This week: Are the Patriots the best team in the NFL? The Dolphins are overrated. The Cowboys are stupid for giving Greg Hardy a job. The Bengals are for real (still) and much, much more for Week 8.

Are Dan Campbell's Dolphins really a playoff contender, or is this all a mirage? -
Stephen White and Danny Kelly discuss whether Dan Campbell's version of the Dolphins are actually good or just a team that's benefited from a pair of easy games.

The Patriots stopped the Dolphins and trolled the Colts ... on the same damn night! -
It's looking more and more like a 16-0 season for the Patriots, another 16-0 season. And they're being kind of obnoxious about it.

Jarvis Landry's past is clouded, but his future is bright -
The Miami Dolphins star receiver had a complicated past, so much so that he and his family have different recollections of what happened.

'Thursday Night Football' 2015 Week 8: Patriots dominate Dolphins, remain unbeaten -
Tom Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns, leading the New England Patriots over the Miami Dolphins 36-7 on Thursday Night Football, improving New England to 7-0 on the season.

Anthony Becht Previews Bucs vs. Falcons
TJ Rives and Anthony Becht point to the Buccaneers ability to run the ball and take away crowd noise as major keys to a victory in Atlanta, this Sunday.

Scouting Report: Atlanta Falcons
Tampa Bay's defense will face the NFL's most explosive WR-RB duo on Sunday in Atlanta, as well as a defense that seems determined to stop the run right from the start.

Evans Excited for Matchup vs. Trufant, Falcons
Mike Evans will be tested by one of the NFL's top cornerbacks on Sunday when the Buccaneers and Falcons meet.

Martin vs. Freeman: May the Best Back Win
Sunday's game in the Georgia Dome will feature two of the league's top three rushers and a pair of teams that have put running backs at the center of their attacks.

Bucs Tasked With Fencing In Falcons RB Freeman | Pewter Report
After beginning the season unable to stop opponents from running the football, the Tampa Bay defensive front has stiffened up.

Koetter Talks Bucs And Redskins And Looks Ahead To Falcons | Pewter Report
Bucs offensive coordinator made his weekly appearance at the podium on Wednesday and discussed the tough loss to the Redskins and looked ahead to his former team and the Bucs next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons.

Team Not Rushing, But Bucs Need ASJ ASAP | Pewter Report
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ return to practice Wednesday was a welcomed sight for Buccaneers fans, but the prospect of the injury-prone, second-year pro seeing action in Atlanta remains uncertain.

Depleted Bucs need Mike Evans to keep momentum going in Atlanta - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
After Mike Evans' breakout game against Washington, the shorthanded Bucs will need a similar effort Sunday against Atlanta from the wide receiver.

Does Bucs' Dirk Koetter have intel on Falcons? Not enough, he says - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had the same job with the Atlanta Falcons last season.

Friend who stuck Doug Martin with 'Muscle Hamster' label: Too late - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin would like to be known now as the "Dougernaut," but he might not have a choice in the matter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy motivated by 2014 rout to Falcons - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said the Bucs will not lack motivation Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Louis Murphy on torn ACL: 'Minor setback' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Bucs WR Louis Murphy, disappointed by his season-ending knee injury, is already planning a 'major comeback.'

It'll be like old times when Joe Hawley tries to block Jonathan Babineaux - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Having spent five seasons with Atlanta, Joe Hawley will face off against a former teammate in Jonathan Babineaux this Sunday.

Football had to grow on Bucs rookie Donteea Dye when he was younger - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Donteea Dye shied from contact as a youngster, but the Bucs' rookie receiver has gotten over that, and then some, in chasing his NFL dream.

Bucs notes: DT McCoy not slowed by injury in games | and The Tampa Tribune
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy remains limited in practice by a shoulder injury he suffered during the Week 2 victory in New Orleans. The injury isn’t limiting the Bucs’ use of McCoy during games, though.

Now with Falcons, Adrian Clayborn knows why Bucs didn’t re-sign him | and The Tampa Tribune
Adrian Clayborn acknowledges that he didn’t give the Bucs a solid return on their investment.

Running backs Martin, Freeman will be in Bucs-Falcons spotlight | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Quarterbacks have stolen the spotlight in the NFL. But in Sunday's Bucs-Falcons game at the Georgia Dome, the most exciting plays are likely to happen after Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston simply turn and hand off the ball.

Akeem Spence may play key role for Bucs on Sunday | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Akeem Spence's timing couldn't be better.

Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Does the NFL Have a Dipping Problem? | Bleacher Report
During the Vikings' telecast on Sunday, it was reported that running back Adrian Peterson was ill from swallowing his chewing tobacco. Peterson denied the story and said what really made him ill was some whack seafood.