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The Vikings are quietly challenging the Packers for the NFC North crown -
The Vikings have leaned on strong defense and a bruising rushing attack to climb into contention for the NFC North crown.

Ryan Tannehill is failing to live up to his $95 million deal -
Tannehill is making the big bucks, but he's struggling this season and so are the Dolphins.

NFL picks 2015, Week 10: Experts unanimously favor Patriots, Bengals to stay undefeated -
Week 10 is here and three teams are still undefeated. SB Nation's panel of experts favors all three to stay undefeated after the week.

Lorenzo Mauldin is the edge rusher the Jets have been looking for -
The Jets got a big game last week from rookie linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin.

Mike Evans Motivated by Giants Game
Second-year wide receiver Mike Evans had the third-most receiving yards of any NFL player in Week Nine and, at the same time, a performance he'd like to forget.

Demar Dotson Won't Start Against Cowboys
Demar Dotson returned to the practice field three weeks ago and to the Buccaneers' active roster on Monday. He will not be returning immediately to the starting lineup, however.

Winston Focusing on Red Zone Improvement
Having taken huge strides in protecting the football, rookie QB Jameis Winston now has his sights set on better production in the red zone.'s Bucs Momentum Meter: Week 10 | Pewter Report
Each week, will rate the top 10 Buccaneers based upon recent play rather than overall talent or importance to the team.

Dotson On Decision At RT: "It's Hard To Accept, But That's The Nature Of The Business." | Pewter Report
Last week head coach Lovie Smith said the decision at right tackle – to stay with Gosder Cherilus or reinsert Demar Dotson – would have nothing to do with keeping continuity along the offensive line, and everything to do with who they feel gives them the best chance to win. On Wednesday morning Smith concluded that that guy is Gosder Cherilus.

Despite Low Catch Rate, Evans’ Confidence Remains High | Pewter Report
If Sunday’s dropped passes are eating at Mike Evans, the second-year wideout didn’t let it show Wednesday afternoon.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Bucs focus on being decisive in red zone - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The Bus rank 28th in red-zone TD percentage, a stat for which Jameis Winson and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter can share responsibility.

Bucs preparing for Cowboys squad that hasn't won since September - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Ten things to know about the Cowboys, including how they miss Tony Romo, what they continue to do well, and why Sunday will be a reunion of sorts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hope with Doug Martin, Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The renaissance of running back Doug Martin and improved ball security by rookie QB Jameis Winston provide the Bucs with reasons for optimism.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hope with Doug Martin, Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
The renaissance of running back Doug Martin and improved ball security by rookie QB Jameis Winston provide the Bucs with reasons for optimism.

Bucs' Mike Evans vows to move past his 'historically bad day' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans dropped five passes against the Giants, tied for the most in a game in the past 10 years.

Bucs tackle Demar Dotson thought he'd return as starter, not backup - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Demar Dotson returned from IR this week but will not return to his starting job, where the coaches like what veteran Gosder Cherilus has done.

Bucs' Dirk Koetter says reliance on analytics is a 'freaking joke' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter did not mince words when asked if he is a "stats guy."

Bucs OL Dotson says he was misled about starting Sunday | and The Tampa Tribune
Veteran offensive lineman Demar Dotson says he was misled by Bucs head coach Lovie Smith about his status for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.

Bucs notes: Marpet, Jackson sit out practice | and The Tampa Tribune
Five Bucs did not practice Wednesday, including four starters, while two other starters were limited.

Bucs' Carter, Melton eager to face old Cowboys teammates | Tampa Bay Times
Some of the Bucs' biggest offseason additions in free agency came from the Cowboys defense, with CB Sterling Moore, DT Henry Melton and LB Bruce Carter getting to face their old team Sunday when the Cowboys come to play the Bucs.

Evan Smith pleased with play stepping in at guard | Tampa Bay Times
Bucs offensive lineman Evan Smith hadn't played a single down in seven weeks, and hadn't played at guard in four years, but said he was pleased with how he handled stepping in Sunday after starter Ali Marpet went down with an ankle injury.

Bucs' Mike Evans: 'My bad days are … 150 yard' | Tampa Bay Times
Mike Evans was accountable for his performance after Sunday's loss to the Giants, saying his six dropped passes were "unacceptable," but the Bucs' second-year receiver said Wednesday that he feels he has played well this season.

Dotson, Lovie Smith differ on promises made to returning Bucs tackle | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Demar Dotson, who returned to the Bucs' roster this week after missing three months with a knee injury, said he was told Wednesday morning he won't be competing for the starting right tackle job, a week after he said Lovie Smith told him he would be in the mix.

Bucs players decline to judge Greg Hardy | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is as disturbed as anyone by the images of the injuries suffered by Greg Hardy's ex-girlfriend in May 2014, which led to his arrest on domestic violence charges.

Inside The Closed-Door NFL Hearing That Reinstated Greg Hardy
On March 4, the NFL conducted a reinstatement hearing for Greg Hardy, who had spent most of the previous season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after he was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder.