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The experts are still not impressed with Blake Bortles and his 30 touchdowns - SBNation.com
Advanced stats experts aren't very impressed with Blake Bortles, despite the fact that he already broke the Jaguars franchise record with 30 touchdown passes.

'Concussion' will make your head hurt - SBNation.com
While it seems the rest of the world has "Star Wars" fever, Im dealing with a bad case of post-concusson syndrome- the condition that makes my head hurt from trying to sort out all the half-truths and revisionist medical propoganda coming out of this years feel-bad Hollywood downer- Concussion.

The Falcons are too stubborn to succeed - SBNation.com
After a 5-0 start to the season, the Falcons are at risk of being the first team in NFL history to finish with a losing record after such a hot start. Despite the results, head coach Dan Quinn isn't changing his approach.

Behind-the-Scenes: Buccaneers vs. Rams
Behind-the-scenes photos of the Buccaneers vs. Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome on December 17th.

Coach Smith Recaps Thursday Night's Game
Head Coach Lovie Smith talks about not finishing drives, QB Jameis Winston's performance, and needing takeaways.

Bucs Rewind: St. Louis Rams
After a slow start in St. Louis, Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers spark a fierce comeback, but ultimately fall short to the Rams.

SR's Fab 5: Bucs Are Fading; Smith Getting Out-coached; DE Draft Preview | Pewter Report
The Bucs are fading fast, Lovie Smith is getting out-coached in critical losses and a preview of the crop of DEs in the draft are in this edition of SR's Fab 5.

Most Disappointing: Buccaneers vs. Rams | Pewter Report
It was just one of those nights for the Buccaneers.

Most Impressive: Buccaneers vs. Rams | Pewter Report
The final quarter of the 2015 season is becoming eerily similar to the meltdown of the 2012 season, in which the Bucs were at one point 6-4 and in control of a playoff berth, only to lose four of their last five to finish 7-9.

Friday Afterthoughts: Get 'Em Next Year | Pewter Report
The days of thinking playoffs have come to an end in Tampa Bay, but not before rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and other young Bucs whet the appetite of fans

Uni Watch's Friday Flashback -- How hand warmers took hold in NFL to combat cold weather
Friday Flashback: As the tundra freezes, 'tis the season for hand warmers. Paul Lukas presents the cold, hard facts about how quarterbacks have dealt with winter weather over the years.

Playoff dream likely dashed; Bucs turn attention to .500 season - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs suffered a disappointing loss to the Rams on Thursday. But they're looking forward to finishing the season strong.

Coaching can wait for Da'Quan Bowers, who's glad to be back with Bucs - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
A Q&A with Da'Quan Bowers, who is back with Tampa Bay after sitting at home for most of the season.

Lovie Smith: Young Tampa Bay Buccaneers failed in spotlight - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers continue to make young-team mistakes, but coach Lovie Smith is confident they are learning from them.

Bucs ‘not quite there yet’ in quest to be contenders | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Since forging a 6-6 record while filling a frustrated fan base with optimism that an eight-year playoff drought was about to end, the Buccaneers can’t even get a lead, let alone a victory.

Bucs notes: RB Martin nears personal, franchise records | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Doug Martin and the Bucs might be disappointed in his outing against the Rams, but no one can be disappointed with his season.

Bucs again dig early hole from which they can’t escape | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
After surrendering touchdowns on two of their first three defensive series, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were charged yet again on Thursday night with having to play catch-up.

Bucs showed the nation they still have a lot of growing up to do | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Maybe we should have known this was going to be a childish night when the Bucs roared from the tunnel in St. Louis wearing what looked like a 5-year-old’s red Christmas pajamas. St. Louis went all yellow.

Turning Point, Week 15: Rams say goodbye to St. Louis, Bucs say goodbye to playoffs | Tampa Bay Times
It was a night of goodbyes Thursday in St. Louis. While the Rams, who are likely to move to Los Angeles next season, were saying goodbye to their home for the past 20 years, the Buccaneers were saying goodbye to their playoff chances.

Slow starts hurting Bucs | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — One common trait of the Bucs' two losses in five days was a slow start on both sides of the ball, leading to a 14-0 deficit against the Saints on Sunday and a 21-3 margin to the Rams on Thursday.

The secondary is Bucs' primary problem | Tampa Bay Times
Even while facing this murmurer's row of quarterbacks — the (then) Texans' Ryan Mallett, the Colts' 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck and the Rams' Case Keenum — the Bucs' secondary has been the primary reason for their failure this season.