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Cam Newton says the Panthers are making the right decision to sit Luke Kuechly -
Newton also said that Kuechly "could potentially be the greatest linebacker to ever play."

The best gifts for NFL teams, coaches, and players this holiday season -
What to get for the players and franchises who have everything.

Spring football league to be introduced in 2017 for veteran free agents -
We’ll have some more football in April next year.

NFL’s 8 most important games remaining on the 2016 schedule -
With only two weeks to go, these are the games that will help shape the postseason. Or, at least, to make or avoid history.

Giants vs. Eagles 2016 live scores, highlights, results, and news -
Philadelphia delayed New York’s playoff-clinching party.

Cowboys clinch the NFC East after Giants’ loss to Eagles -
The Cowboys don’t play again until Monday, but they won the division crown and the top seed in the NFC on Thursday night.

5 Buccaneers to Watch Against New Orleans
A few players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers meet the Saints in Week 16.

Watch: HC Dirk Koetter Press Conference
HC Dirk Koetter spoke to the media on Thursday about the status of the offensive line and the Bucs' performance on first down.

Viewing Guide: Path to the Playoffs
Want to see your Buccaneers in the postseason? Here's who you should be rooting for in Week 16 during a complicated but promising playoff race.

Buccaneers Still Believe in Ground Game
The rushing attack is often critical during December stretch drives and Tampa Bay expects to get better results from that part of its offense in the coming weeks…And injury updates.

Buccaneers Injury Report, December 22
A look at Thursday's injury report.

Fifth Down With G/C Evan Smith: Steak, Gym Trainer, And Pantera | Pewter Report
Pewter Report debuted a new season-long weekend feature this season called Fifth Down, that will showcase some of the Bucs players each week.

Bucs' Martin Looking For Breakout Game
Bucs running back Doug Martin said a breakout game on the ground will take all 11 players on offense, starting with himself.

All Options On Table For RT Situation, Koetter Says | Pewter Report
Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter has a decision to make at right tackle if Demar Dotson can't play against the New Orleans Saints.

Bucs know they won't get same Drew Brees they did two weeks ago - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Drew Brees bounced back last Sunday after two tough games, and the Bucs defense is preparing for Brees at his best.

Will the Saints play spoiler against the Bucs? - ESPN Video
Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi both like the Bucs to go into New Orleans and beat the Saints.

Fennelly: Dirk Koetter, Chris Petersen and the Long Blue Boise State Line that runs into Tampa | Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 1, 2007. One of the most remarkable evenings in college football history. An underdog named Boise State stunned Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl with a flurry of astounding trick plays. One of the all-time upsets, 43-42.Where were you?

Injuries might force Bucs to do some O-line shuffling vs. Saints | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — If the Bucs have to play Saturday without their top two options at right tackle — Demar Dotson remains in concussion protocol and backup Gosder Cherilus hasn't practiced because of groin and ankle injuries — there is another option that could put the best five linemen on the field.

Bucs' running game running out of time | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The statistics do not paint a good picture of Doug Martin, and yet his coaches and teammates reiterate how close the Bucs' running game is to clicking like it needs to, to be the catalyst of the offense.