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Did Steve Smith cost the Ravens a win? -
Big catches in crunch time have been a signature for the veteran wide receiver. So what happened last week?

Johnny Manziel to start for Browns in Week 2 -
Manziel will start for the Browns while Josh McCown is still recovering from a concussion suffered in Week 1.

Can the Bills buffalo their way to the playoffs? -
Have fun playing the Bills defense this season!

Here's a crazy thing about Alex Smith that you haven't heard yet -
Lost in all the hubub of Peyton Manning, Andy Reid, and poor clock management is this one surprising Alex Smith stat that is frankly hard to believe and underreported.

Chris Christie isn’t a Dallas Cowboys super fan. He’s an Eagles sleeper agent. -
Are the New Jersey Governor, a large bird of prey and a referee conspiring to guarantee the Eagles a win over the Cowboys this week? The truth is out there, sheeple.

Coach Smith: "I Feel Like We're Ready to Go"
Head Coach Lovie Smith talks about the upcoming game at New Orleans after practice on Friday.

Coach's Corner: Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Scott Smith sits down with Coach Lovie Smith to find out how the team has moved on from week one, and what they will do to match up against the New Orleans Saints.

Buccaneers vs. Saints Injury Report, Sept. 17
The Bucs' final injury report before Sunday's game against the Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans optimistic about playing Sunday
Mike Evans, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, has practiced this week, but the Bucs have not yet pronounced the WR ready for this Sunday.

Bucs notes: WR Jackson lauds QB Winston’s effort | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson wasn’t surprised to hear that rookie QB Jameis Winston stayed up until 2 a.m. Sunday watching tape of the Bucs’ season-opening 42-14 loss to the Titans.

Bucs Hot Reads: MLB Alexander wants more against Saints | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — After struggling against a rookie quarterback in Week 1, Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander is eager to atone Sunday at the Superdome, where the Saints are led by likely Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins emerges as force for Bucs (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Austin Seferian-Jenkins is still only 22, with all the wisdom that comes with 10 career NFL games, but he has perspective on the debut of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

Bucs vs. Saints Scouting Report, Week 2: Who dat? A different Drew Brees | Tampa Bay Times
In Week 1, the Titans built an insurmountable lead quickly because they were able to fool the Buccaneers defense. That should not be the case this week, as the Bucs go from facing the unfamiliar in rookie Marcus Mariota to the familiar in 15-year veteran Drew Brees.

Gerald McCoy pushes Bucs defense to be better (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Less than 24 hours after the Bucs' 42-14 loss to the Titans last Sunday — the second worst margin of defeat in the history of Raymond James Stadium — Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David called a players-only film session following practice to study the drubbing. For more than an hour they talked candidly about blown assignments, and how they needed to hold each other accountable to avoid a repeat at New Orleans.

Bucs' Mike Evans improves, might play against New Orleans | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The biggest lineup question for the Bucs this week against the Saints — will WR Mike Evans make his season debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury? — will come down to a game-time decision Sunday .

Glazers milk Manchester United with £15m dividend and football silent | David Conn | Football | The Guardian
A club founded by railway workers in 1878 has become a vehicle for paying six siblings £2.5m a year each – and Greg Dyke and Richard Scudamore have not said a word

SR's Fab 5: Brees' Voodoo Spell On Bucs; Winston In Elite Company | Pewter Report
The Bucs will try to break Drew Brees' voodoo spell, while Jameis Winston's rough Week 1 has him in elite company, plus more in this week's SR's Fab 5.

New: 87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease | Concussion Watch | FRONTLINE | PBS
Nearly four in five football players examined by one of the nation's leading brain banks tested positive for the disease now at the center of the debate over concussions in football.