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Ben Roethlisberger’s wife is ‘praying for’ Vontaze Burfict -
The Bengals linebacker has a contentious history against the Steelers, and Sunday’s game was no exception.

Matthew Stafford, Sean Lee lead list of 2017 Pro Bowl snubs -
Stafford and Lee are joined by a handful of others who certainly deserved to be named to the Pro Bowl this season.

Tony Romo asked a mic'd up Ezekiel Elliott 'Did you just jump in the Salvation Army Bucket?' -
Elliott’s celebration is even more fun when you hear his reaction.

NFL panic index, Week 16: Steelers are ready to crush the Ravens’ playoff hopes -
There are five two-team division races coming down to the wire.

Michael Bennett said '2 pumps get you a baby, 3 pumps gets you a fine' while wearing a Christmas sweater of his sack dance -
Bennett also pulled off a convincing cosplay as Russian Santa.

Steelers kicker Chris Boswell got hit with a 'random' drug test after he made 6 FGs in a game -
Boswell hit six field goals on Sunday, and the NFL took notice.

Marcus Mariota and Kwon Alexander headline list of future Pro Bowlers -
There’s a long list of young players who didn’t make the Pro Bowl this year, but it’s only a matter of time until they do.

Cam Newton’s kryptonite might be Falcons head coach Dan Quinn -
Quinn seems to have a unique understanding of how to prepare his defenses to succeed against Newton.

NFL picks 2016, Week 16: Experts say Steelers win AFC North, Giants and Chiefs clinch playoff bids -
The playoff field will get a little more crowded, if SB Nation’s experts are correct.

How the Dolphins learned to embrace adversity and start winning again -
For nearly a decade, we’ve seen the Dolphins fold when they hit a speed bump. Under head coach Adam Gase, Miami has found success fighting through adversity.

2 reasons why the Atlanta Falcons aren’t your typical ‘dome’ team -
The Falcons have two things that make their offense nearly unstoppable, no matter where they play. NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz explains.

Casey's Corner: Baby Photos Part 2
Team Insider Casey Phillips asks Buccaneers players to guess who's who from baby photos.

Watch: Press Conferences, December 21
DC Mike Smith and HC Dirk Koetter were among Bucs who spoke to the media on Wednesday.

Buccaneers Injury Report, December 21
A look at Wednesday's injury report.

Kwon Alexander Chasing Greatness
Notes: Second-year LB Kwon Alexander says he's a wiser player now after putting in a lot of extra work in 2016…Plus, injury updates and more.

Smith Deflects Question Of Interest In Being Head Coach Again | Pewter Report
Mike Smith, defensive coordinator of the Bucs is rumored to be a top candidate to replace Gus Bradley who was fired by the Jaguars last week.

Passed Over For Pro Bowl, Bucs TE Brate Focused On Saints
Being selected to his first Pro Bowl would have been great, Tampa Bay Bucs TE Cameron Brate said, but the thought’s far from the forefront of his mind.

Alexander Coming Into His Own, Bucs' DC Smith Says
After a 21-tackle, forced fumble performance in Dallas last Sunday, it's clear Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander is locked in and steadily progressing.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers get reignited Drew Brees, Saints offense Saturday - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
When the Buccaneers face the Saints for the second time in three weeks on Saturday, they may need to score more points than last time around.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston puts loss in past: 'I trust our heart' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jameis Winston believes the Bucs are still a playoff team and doesn't "trust the percentages and the probabilities."

Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith blocking out job rumors - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith downplayed any talk of his name being mentioned for head-coaching vacancies, saying tis the season.

Buccaneers Pro Bowl WR Mike Evans unsure how popular he is with fans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Bucs receiver Mike Evans didn't think he'd be popular enough with fans to earn his first Pro Bowl selection, but he was wrong.

Laying out Bucs' playoff scenarios for final two weeks | Tampa Bay Times
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, it's been a while since the Bucs have had playoff scenarios to calculate and so much motivation to win their final games.

No college football, but WR Kendrick Ings signs with Bucs | Tampa Bay Times
Late-season additions to the practice squad can be a precursor to signing players to futures contracts after the season, and the Bucs made such a move Wednesday, signing former Tampa Bay Storm receiver Kendrick Ings to their practice squad.

Ayers out with illness; right tackle remains question mark | Tampa Bay Times
Three days before the Bucs play a pivotal game at New Orleans, there are question marks on both sides of the line of scrimmage for Tampa Bay.

Bucs' DC Smith has spot on NFL's head-coaching carousel | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The NFL coaching carousel is beginning to spin, and the Bucs could learn soon if it's won and done for defensive coordinator Mike Smith.