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Daily Bucs Links: Recapping the weekend

Here's your open thread for today.

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The Saints paid Drew Brees too much and are now annoyed with him about it -
Brees is due to count $30 million against the Saints salary cap in 2016 and reportedly won't be on the roster unless he takes a hometown discount.

Falcons end Panthers' undefeated season -
The Falcons snapped the Panthers' 14-0 undefeated streak, beating them on Sunday and keeping themselves alive in the playoff race.

Cardinals DT scored the best Big Guy touchdown of the NFL season -

The Cardinals are everything the Packers wish they were -
The Packers don't have a contingency plan when Aaron Rodgers struggles, and that's why they got ran off the field.

NFL scores 2015: Follow all the Week 16 action from Sunday -
The Chiefs, Steelers and Jets can keep the pressure on the Broncos by earning wins on Sunday.

2016 NFL Draft order: Baltimore drops from top 5; Titans hold No. 1 pick -
The Ravens won on Sunday, moving them from No. 4 to No. 8 in the draft order, and saved a bunch of money in doing so. The top of the draft remains the same with Tennessee at the top followed by Cleveland.

Rams punter dishes out cheap shot, cowers in fear when Seahawks retaliate -
When keeping it real goes wrong.

So what the heck happened during the Patriots-Jets overtime coin toss? -
Many thought a Patriots player lost the team the game with a critical coin toss error. In fact, this was a rare example of Bill Belichick outcoaching himself.

2015 NFL playoff picture: Vikings clinch berth, Jets benefit from Steelers' stumble -
With just one week left in the regular season, the playoff picture is as wide open as ever.

Todd Bowles has the Jets believing in themselves again -
Doormats for the Patriots over the years, a 26-20 win over the Patriots proves that the Jets really have changed under first-year head coach Todd Bowles.

NFL scores and more, Week 16: What happened on Sunday -
Another wild Sunday is in the books. Danny Kelly walks you through all the action and arms you with some water cooler talking points.

Game Awards: Buccaneers vs. Bears
Who got this week's game ball?

Watch Bucs vs. Bears Press Conferences
Jameis Winston, Doug Martin and Johnthan Banks were among Bucs speaking to the media following the team's loss to the Bears.

Turnovers Plague Bucs in Loss to Bears
Turnover ratio has been a deciding factor for the Buccaneers in December, as it was on Sunday night in a 26-21 loss to Chicago that turned on three Tampa Bay giveaways.

Blundering Bucs Bashed By Bears, 26-21 | Pewter Report
Long-shot playoff hopefuls just a couple weeks ago, Tampa Bay is now just a team trying to keep from ending on a lengthy losing streak.

Most Impressive: Buccaneers vs. Bears | Pewter Report
The Buccaneers now have a combined 3-19 record in December over the last five years after an embarrassing 23-14 loss to the 5-9 Chicago Bears.

It's Time For Bucs To Move On From Smith | Pewter Report
It's time for the Bucs to replace head coach Lovie Smith, who is 8-23 in Tampa Bay, with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Another losing season for Buccaneers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Tampa Bay's offense turned the ball over three times and the 26-21 loss to the Bears guarantees a losing record for a fifth consecutive season.

Charles Sims up, Doug Martin down in Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Charles Sims had 72 yards receiving and 45 yards rushing against the Bears.

Home finale leaves mistake-prone Bucs with sour taste - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers have lost three in a row -- the latest on Sunday against the Bears -- and are left with one game to give the season a decent finish.

Bucs RB Martin fumbles twice against Bears | and The Tampa Tribune
Doug Martin entered Sunday’s game with Adrian Peterson in his sights. Three hours later, the only thing he was looking for was the football.

Bucs’ defense fails to register takeaway in loss to Bears | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Although Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for only 156 yards, Tampa Bay’s defense failed to make the key stops in Sunday’s 26-21 loss while continuing a disturbing late-season pattern by not registering a takeaway.

Bucs LB George uses setup strategy to block punt | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Jeremiah George victimized the Chicago Bears with the old 1-2 punch Sunday.

Faltering Bucs’ collapse obscures season of progress | and The Tampa Tribune
Remember when they were 6-6 and Feel Good filled the air? After their loss to the Bears, the Bucs have lost three straight, and Martin Fennelly says it reminds us how far this club still has to go.

First and 10: Inside the Bucs’ 26-21 loss to the Bears | and The Tampa Tribune
An inside look at Tampa Bay’s 26-21 loss to the Chicago Bears

Bucs’ late-season swoon continues in 26-21 loss to Bears | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — For all the progress they appear to have made this year — and there has been tangible progress, at least on offense — the Buccaneers remain a franchise stuck in neutral.

Bucs' attendance trending up for third straight year | Tampa Bay Times
With a near-sellout crowd expected for today's final Bucs home game against the Bears, Tampa Bay's home attendance is up for the third year in a row, entering today's game with an announced average of 61,249, a six-year high.

Bucs vs. Bears: 5 things you might have missed | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The Bucs lost their third straight game Sunday, falling 26-21 to the Bears, but here are five things you might have missed:

Winstometer Week 16: Jameis Winston just ahead of Cam Newton | Tampa Bay Times
Jameis Winston wasn't sharp in Sunday's loss to the Bears, even though he threw for two touchdowns and nearly 300 yards.

Blocked punt sets up Bucs for score | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — As the Bucs took the field for the Bears' second punt Sunday, LB Jeremiah George told his special-teams coaches he would block it.

Mistakes cost Bucs in loss to Bears (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
It was a terrible end to a terrific week for Doug Martin. Tuesday he was named to his second Pro Bowl. Wednesday the Bucs' offensive linemen, for whom he had purchased hoverboards, talked about how cool it would be for their do-it-all running back to win the NFL rushing title. Then came Sunday, two days after Christmas, and apparently still in the spirit, Martin decided to give everyone a football.

Jones: Disappointing loss obscures Bucs' progress | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Once again, there are doubts. Once again, as always with this franchise, there are concerns. And questions. Lots and lots of questions.