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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th89.8 (28th)217.0 (24th)
Defense32nd128.3 (25th)294.5 (31st)

Next Game

Sun, October 26, 1:00 PM EDT
Raymond James Stadium
TV: FOX
Minnesota Vikings
at
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
L 20 - 14CAR
Recap
Sun Sep 14
L 19 - 17STL
Recap
Thu Sep 18
L 56 - 14at ATL
Recap
Sun Sep 28
W 27 - 24at PIT
Recap
Sun Oct 5
L 37 - 31at NO
Recap
Sun Oct 12
L 48 - 17BAL
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
FOXMIN
Preview
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
at CLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at WAS
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
CIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
NO

Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Carolina3-3-11-0-0
New Orleans2-4-01-1-0
Atlanta2-5-02-0-0
Tampa Bay1-5-00-3-0
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Report: Buccaneers, Gerald McCoy agree to seven-year extension
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Buccaneers and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy have agreed to a seven-year extension, FOXSports.com reports. The deal is worth $98 million with $51.5 million guaranteed, per NFL.com.

McCoy recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks and 50 total tackles in 2013 while being named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He has managed two sacks this season while battling injuries that have limited him to four games.

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Buccaneers mostly healthy heading into Week 8 game
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Linebacker Brandon McGee (knee) is the lone Buccaneers player ruled out for the Sunday game against Minnesota. Cornerback Johnthan Banks (neck) is the only teammate on the Friday injury report not deemed questionable.

That group includes linebacker Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), tackle Anthony Collins (knee), safety Dashon Goldson (ankle), wide receiver Vincent Jackson (rib), quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) and defensive back Keith Tandy (hamstring.

Goldson and McCown both went from limited in practice to full participation Friday. Jackson has been limited throughout.

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Week 8 status for Buccaneers QB Josh McCown still unclear
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers deposed starting quarterback Josh McCown has stated that his injured thumb has improved, but declined to predict whether he'll be active for Sunday's game against Minnesota, per the Tampa Bay Times. He will back up Mike Glennon if he is available.

McCown, who added that the call would be made by Lovie Smith, has not played since Week 4. An announcement regarding his status for Week 8 has been expected but has yet to come.

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Doug Martin at least has matchup going for him
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Chances are most Doug Martin owners didn't really miss him with the Buccaneers on bye in Week 7. He has yet to rush for more than 45 yards in the four games he's played this season, and he's scored just one touchdown.

But for better or worse, he remains the Buccaneers' go-to running back, and that role keeps him relevant enough in Fantasy that you shouldn't ignore him when he has a favorable matchup. And he has such a matchup Week 8 against Minnesota.

The Vikings rank 19th against the run, allowing 118.1 yards per game, and have surrendered the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. Like the Buccaneers, their offense is a work in progress with an inexperienced quarterback at the helm, so they may not force the Buccaneers' into catchup mode so early, allowing Martin to get more than his usual dozen or so carries.

You're probably still not excited about starting Martin this week, but if you don't like your other options for the flex spot, he may be your best choice.

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All-Pro Gerald McCoy says Buccaneers defense has been 'soft'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Buccaneers All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy did not hold back Thursday when talking about the team's defensive struggles. He said the defense has been "soft" through six games, per ESPN.

"Yeah. I mean if you look out there on tape and you see a bunch of guys sitting on blocks, are you not earning the title of being soft?'' McCoy said. "I mean, guys get so sensitive around the league, but we have to be men. This is a man's league. This is a man's league and we're professionals. Guys have issues with criticism. I've been getting criticized since I've been in the NFL, and I don't even feel it anymore. It is what it is.''

The Buccaneers rank last in total defense (422.8 yards per game) and last in scoring defense (34 points per game).

"I think we're making too many excuses,'' McCoy said. "There's always a reason why this is happening or why that's happening. It has to stop. We just have to say, 'OK, I did wrong, I didn't win that one, I have to win the next one and the one after that.' If you win 70 percent of your battles, you have a shot to win, simple as that."

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