Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Lovie Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense30th100.8 (21st)176.2 (29th)
Defense17th110.1 (12th)237.9 (17th)

Schedule

Sun Sep 8
L 18 - 17at NYJ
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Sun Sep 15
L 16 - 14NO
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Sun Sep 22
L 23 - 3at NE
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Sun Sep 29
L 13 - 10ARI
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Sun Oct 13
L 31 - 20PHI
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Sun Oct 20
L 31 - 23at ATL
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Thu Oct 24
L 31 - 13CAR
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Sun Nov 3
L 27 - 24at SEA
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Mon Nov 11
W 22 - 19MIA
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Sun Nov 17
W 41 - 28ATL
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Sun Nov 24
W 24 - 21at DET
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Sun Dec 1
L 27 - 6at CAR
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Sun Dec 8
W 27 - 6BUF
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Sun Dec 15
L 33 - 14SF
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Sun Dec 22
L 23 - 13at STL
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Sun Dec 29
L 42 - 17at NO
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Standings

NFC
South
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Carolina9-3-012-4-0
New Orleans9-3-011-5-0
Atlanta3-9-04-12-0
Tampa Bay2-10-04-12-0
NFC
North
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Green Bay6-5-18-7-1
Chicago4-8-08-8-0
Detroit6-6-07-9-0
Minnesota4-7-15-10-1
NFC
West
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Seattle10-2-013-3-0
San Francisco9-3-012-4-0
Arizona6-6-010-6-0
St. Louis4-8-07-9-0
NFC
East
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Philadelphia9-3-010-6-0
Dallas7-5-08-8-0
New York6-6-07-9-0
Washington1-11-03-13-0
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Mike James resumes running and cutting
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Buccaneers running back Mike James is working his way back into football shape after breaking his left ankle last season. He told the Tampa Bay Times that he's been running and cutting and is aiming to get back to full strength and speed. Asked if he would be ready for the team's April minicamp, James said he and the team are "taking everything day by day." 

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Gerald McCoy says he won't hold out
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy promised he wouldn't hold out of training camp this summer even though he's going into the final year of his contract. 

"When they say report to camp, Gerald McCoy will be there regardless of what happens," McCoy said per the Tampa Bay Times. McCoy also told the paper he can't wait to play in the Bucs' new version of the Cover-2 defense

"It's definitely going to be different," McCoy said. "We're playing the old-school, traditional Tampa 2 defense, and all we've been watching is old Chicago tape when (new Bucs coach Lovie Smith) was there. When (the Bucs) were in their prime, from 1996 to 2002, we've been watching all that tape because that's when the Tampa 2 was really thriving and took over the league. I'm excited about it."

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Josh McCown 'impressed' with Vincent Jackson
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

New Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown started throwing with his No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson on Friday. McCown said he came away impressed.

McCown said in an interview with CBSSports.com that he's worked with some top-notch receivers in his career -- Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery -- and Jackson is "right there with those guys."

"I'm very, very impressed with him," McCown said. "You know when you have one of those special guys. You can tell the first time you work with him, you see it and feel it. That was the case throwing with Vincent. You can see why he's been so good for so long because of his work ethic and his attention to detail."

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Marshall excited for Josh McCown in Tampa Bay
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall played with Josh McCown last season when he started five games for the injured Jay Cutler. McCown signed with the Buccaneers this offseason, and Marshall expects him to play well.

"Josh is going to do some good things," Marshall said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "The way he leads. It's not about what he can do physically. What puts Josh in the position to be successful is the man he is, the character and his leadership skills. I'm sure he'll be the first one in Tampa -- he was the second one behind me to arrive at the facilities -- but he'll be the first one there and the last one to leave. He prepares like he's the coach. That's what makes him special."

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Josh McCown likes 'wrinkles' of new offense
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown went through installing a new offense last year as the backup for the Bears. This year, he's doing the same thing, only as the projected starter for the Buccaneers.

McCown, who recently started throwing with No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson, said he's excited for the new offense in Tampa Bay under coordinator Jeff Tedford.

"We went through it last year in Chicago where we were building an offense with coach (Marc) Trestman. it's the same thing all over again with Jeff Tedford, learning his offense," McCown said in an interview with CBSSports.com. "Just trying to help everyone get on the same page and begin to build this thing. ... There's some cool wrinkles (to the offense). There's some new things to it that I have not done yet. I'm excited about running those plays and putting those systems in place and seeing how they go."

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