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The ending of Broncos-Bengals overtime is living proof that BALL DON'T LIE - SBNation.com
Thanks, ball, for your continued honesty.

Johnny Manziel was having fun again - SBNation.com
Another holiday, another video of Johnny Manziel doing something to make columnists everywhere upset.

MMBM: Brock Osweiler's backup linked to the world's most incompetent PED dealer - SBNation.com
Plus- is Cam Newton going to commit suicide? We don't know.

Chargers fine Eric Weddle $10K for watching his daughter perform at halftime - SBNation.com
Eric Weddle's career with the Chargers is almost certainly through and it ends on a sour note.

2015 NFL playoff picture and scenarios: Broncos clinch, but seeding still a mystery - SBNation.com
Heading into Week 17, almost anything can still happen in a ridiculously tight AFC playoff race.

2015 NFL power rankings, Week 17: Cardinals on top, Chiefs climb; Patriots, Steelers and Seahawks drop - SBNation.com
The Cardinals take over the top spot in our rankings for the first time this season.

Bengals vs. Broncos 2015 final score 20-17: Denver FINALLY clinches playoff spot in a wild overtime win - SBNation.com
For a half, the Broncos looked awful. Thankfully for them, Brock Osweiler and the defense woke up in time to finally secure their playoff spot.

Charles Sims Could Join Rare 5-10 Group
Stat Shots presented by Air Force Reserve: Fewer than one NFL player per season since the 1970 merger has averaged five yards per carry and 10 yards per catch…Charles Sims could become the first Buc ever to do it.

Coach Smith: "One More Opportunity"
Head Coach Lovie Smith talks about Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears and looking ahead to Week 17.

Buccaneers Have Big-Play Tight Ends
Despite limited playing time, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is one of just three NFL TEs with multiple 40+-yard TD catches…That and other statistical takeaways from Sunday's game.

Film Session with Anthony Becht: Week 16
Former Buccaneer & Buccaneers.com Contributor Anthony Becht is joined by TJ Rives as he breaks down LB Jeremiah George's punt block and DT Gerald McCoy beating a 1-on-1 matchup to sack QB Jay Cutler during the Buccaneers Week 16 matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Monday Afterthoughts: Can’t Stop The Bleeding | Pewter Report
The hits keep on coming for Tampa Bay, and they’re not of the feel-good variety. More like shots to the groin after already being knocked to the canvas.

Winston Report: Red Zone INT Bites Bucs, Winston In Loss To Bears | Pewter Report
Bucs rookie QB Jameis Winston threw 2 TDs, but also had a costly red zone INT in the second half of Tampa Bay's 26-21 loss to Chicago.

Bucs glad Panthers won't rest their stars in Week 17 matchup - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Looking to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs, the Panthers will be playing their starters in the final game of the regular season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' versatile Keith Tandy made big impression in rare opportunity - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Defensive back Keith Tandy, filling in for injured safety Chris Conte, had a career-high 10 tackles in just his sixth career start on Sunday.

Turnovers play big part in Bucs’ losing record at home | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — One of the items near the top of the Buccaneers’ to-do list for 2015 season was re-establishing home-field advantage at Raymond James Stadium.

Bucs look forward to high-stakes game at Carolina | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
The Bucs badly wanted to be the team to ruin the Panthers’ perfect season, but the Falcons' win Sunday didn’t render Tampa Bay’s Week 17 matchup at Carolina meaningless. In fact, it might have made it a little more meaningful.

Bucs notes: Team finishes with 3-5 home record | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
One of the items near the top of the Buccaneers’ to-do list for 2015 season was re-establishing home-field advantage at Raymond James Stadium. It’s an objective the Bucs failed to achieve.

Sports Year in Review: Top Bucs pick Winston emerges immediately as face of franchise | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
The NFL is a quarterback league. If you have a good one, you have a chance to be good. If you have one that’s better than good, you have a chance to plan a championship parade or two.

Bears-Bucs Turning Point, Week 16: Stuck at six wins | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Jameis Winston's dramatic 20-yard run on third-and-19 against the Falcons three weeks ago vaulted the Buccaneers into playoff contention. They were only 6-6 after the Week 13 win, but with games against the league's worst defense (Saints), the league's worst offense (Rams) and the league's worst rushing defense (Bears) on the schedule, eight or nine wins seemed attainable.

Bucs want to force more turnovers vs. Panthers | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — After 10 games, the Bucs were 5-5 and had 20 takeaways, tying them for the fourth-most in the NFL in a statistic central to coach Lovie Smith's defensive philosophy.

Bucs offense flounders when it counts most | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPAYou have to admire Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for the way he will spin, bounce like an exercise ball off tacklers, launch his body to keep a drive alive. His uniform should come with a seat belt.