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NFL referees should be full time, but it was more fun when they weren't -
It was a blast to think "that guy owns a dairy farm" while we yelled about a bad call.

Trevor Siemian out, Paxton Lynch to start for the Broncos against the Jaguars -
Trevor Siemian's injury is expected to keep him sidelined Sunday.

Eric Dickerson made peace with the Rams, but he’s not coming back until Jeff Fisher is gone -
Dickerson might have to wait awhile, too.

NFL is finally ready to do something about the referees -
Vikings DE Brian Robinson said he was "sick and tired of the reffing in this league" after a huge missed call in Thursday’s loss. Changes are coming, maybe.

Von Miller gave every one of his AFC West opponents a bottle of wine and a thank you note -
‘Tis the season.

Joe McKnight’s brother says he was eyeing an NFL comeback -
Jonathan McKnight said Friday that his brother had been in contact with the Vikings before he was shot and killed on Thursday.

Derek Carr is for real and so are the Raiders -
Carr’s success — and the team’s — is no fluke.

NFL custom cleats are here, so let's figure out what ours would look like -
Players should get to wear the cleats they want when they want, because custom cleats look cool as hell.

Matthew Stafford and the Lions are masters of the 2-minute offense -
The Lions set a record with seven fourth-quarter comebacks. NFL offensive linemen Geoff Schwartz explains what makes their two-minute drill so effective.

Bills are finally in the playoff hunt, thanks to their new offensive coordinator -
Rex Ryan promoted Anthony Lynn to the offensive coordinator job in September. Since then, one of the NFL’s hottest offenses has the Bills playing meaningful football in December.

Watch: HC Dirk Koetter Press Conference
HC Dirk Koetter spoke to the media on Friday about team injuries and winning in California.

6 Key Matchups for Bucs vs. Chargers
A few matchups to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers travel to San Diego.

Watch: Buccaneers Injury Report, Week 13
The Official Buccaneers Injury Report for Week 13, brought to you by Florida Hospital.

Bucs Beat: Week 13 vs. San Diego
A quick look at the Buccaneers' matchup against the San Diego.

Noah Spence NFL's Rookie of the Week
DE Noah Spence has been selected as the NFL's Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Seahawks.

Bucs' McCoy "The NFL Is Putting Handcuffs On Us" | Pewter Report
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy spoke to the media on Thursday about the NFL and their flagging players for such things as excessive celebration.

SR's Fab 5: Bucs' Physicality Prevails vs. Seahawks; Spence Wants Top Rookie Honors | Pewter Report
The Bucs' physicality prevails against the Seahawks, DE Noah Spence wants to win NFL Rookie of the Year, and Dirk Koetter's tunnel vision are in SR's Fab 5.

Fifth Down With Akeem Spence: Lobster, Alicia Keys And Future | 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 say communication has been key to defensive turnaround - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Frustrated after an ugly performance against Atlanta, Tampa Bay's defense started talking more on and off the field, producing drastic improvement.

Joe Hawley of Tampa Bay Buccaneers says Seattle Seahawks player spit in his face, eyes Jarran Reed as culprit
Buccaneers center Joe Hawley has accused a Seattle Seahawks player of spitting in his face Sunday, saying he believes rookie Jarran Reed was the culprit.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers support charity with custom cleats
As part of the NFL's #MyCauseMyCleats campaign, several Buccaneers will don custom cleats to support charity this week, including Jameis Winston's pair to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes.

Bucs center Hawley claims Seahawks rookie spit on him | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bucs C Joe Hawley said he was spat on by a Seahawks player in Sunday's win, and Friday, a Seattle rookie fired back, denying the accusation.

Punter Bryan Anger the Bucs' secret weapon | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Bryan Anger understands that fans still don't quote hang times like they do 40-yard times, and that the mere appearance of the home team's punter on the field will generally be seen as a negative in the stands.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers-San Diego Chargers: Remembering the 'Yuck-aneers' game | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs play in San Diego on Sunday, a trip to one of the true cradles in franchise history.They also won the Super Bowl there.Yeah, there was that.

Bucs LT Donovan Smith could have fled Penn State; here's why he stayed | Tampa Bay Times
To understand the man who protects Jameis Winston's blind side, you have to start at Joe Paterno's living room.

Gerald McCoy: After death in the family, Bucs see the real McCoy | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — The locker room at Raymond James Stadium is so cramped, Bucs players gather in the showers before games. They're the only place big enough to hold all 53 football players, fully dressed and ready for battle.