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Bucs try to avoid 0-3 start, visit Falcons
Lovie Smith
Tampa Bay is coming off a 19-17 home loss to St. Louis and is 0-2 this season.
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - It just got late early for Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs will be aiming to avoid an 0-3 start under their new head coach when they visit NFC South rival Atlanta on "Thursday Night Football."

Tampa Bay is coming off a disappointing 19-17 home loss to a St. Louis Rams team with Austin Davis, who began the season No. 3 on the depth chart, as the starting quarterback.

The Bucs had a chance to go home happy when Josh McCown found rookie receiver Mike Evans for a 29-yard gain down to the Rams' 32-yard line in the waning seconds. Evans, however, was hit hard on the play and failed to get off the field under his own power resulting in a 10-second runoff to end game.  Full Story

All roads lead back to Park Avenue
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - If absolute power really does corrupt absolutely, that's your explanation as to why the NFL finds itself in the middle of a media firestorm.

On one hand, it's certainly not Roger Goodell's fault that the public at large has decided Adrian Peterson is a terrible father, and it's hardly the responsibility of the omnipotent commissioner to explain to Ray Rice or Greg Hardy that abusing a significant other is out of bounds.

The bunkered-in Goodell, however, is unequivocally culpable for the lack of leadership running rampant throughout his league.  Full Story

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