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Buccaneers and Texans stuck in close slugfest as they head to fourth quarter

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans are fighting an ugly slugfest today, one that will come down to the fourth quarter. In a game marred by penalties and miscues, neither team has been able to separate themselves.

Both teams have struggled to produce consistently on offense, though not because the defensive lines dominated -- so far, J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Gerald McCoy and Jacquies Smith have been surprisingly quiet. For the Texans, that's because they've been running the ball pretty consistently albeit not dominantly throughout the game. For the Bucs, pass protection has held up really well -- in part because of extra help, and in part because of Jameis Winston's outstanding reaction to pressure.

But the Bucs haven't been able to move the ball with any consistency either, with Winston missing a few passes, and receivers dropping a few too many catches -- both tough ones and easy ones.

Can either team finally force the issue and get something done consistently? We'll have to see a winner at some point.

Here's your fourth quarter open thread.