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the Bucs now find themselves sitting at 4-8 and their hopes of reaching a playoff appearance now virtually being dead following their 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday.,It’s evident that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had one of the most disappointing seasons they’ve had. After winning the offseason

So, it’s safe to say Bucs Nation is ready for this season to end and also more determined than ever to have a good offseason and address the areas they need to work on. Fortunately,Womens Stephen Anderson Jersey, ESPN NFL Nation reporter Jenna Laine has already started working on figuring out the answer to the Bucs’ dilemma right now. Here’s a closer look at what Laine had to say:

The Bucs need help at edge rusher. There are no guarantees that Spence’s shoulder will hold up, that can’t happen in 2018. Veteran cornerback Brent Grimes is coming up on the end of his two-year contract and will be 35 years old in July.,Authentic Andre Hal Jersey, and no one is getting to the quarterback in one-on-one matchups outside. They also need to invest a significant draft pick in a running back, and Robert Ayers will be 33 years old next season. Gerald McCoy continues to take on double-teams, as Martin has shown no signs this year of returning to his 2015 Pro Bowl form, and with the struggles they had getting the running game going, too, despite what appeared to be a promising training camp. The Bucs neglected their offensive line this past offseason

Laine couldn’t be any more accurate about the Bucs’ offseason needs. There’s been a significant amount of pass rush this season, Martin has failed to be effective and really return to his prime 2015 form, the offensive line still needs to be addressed and the Bucs may also want to re-evaluate their struggling secondary as well.

what do you think Bucs Nation? Which area do the Bucs need to work on the most this offseason?,With that said

The Bucs came awfully close to notching a much-needed big win versus the Packers in Week 13 action. But a fourth quarter field goal by Green Bay within the final moments of the matchup tied the game up at 20 which forced the game to move into overtime. Despite Tampa Bay having the opportunity to clinch a win at Lambeau, a 20-yard touchdown run from Aaron Jones in overtime ultimately sealed Green Bay’s win, handing the Buccaneers their eighth loss of the season.

With the loss, the Bucs have now fallen to 4-8 this season and their hopes of reaching the post season for the first time since 2007 have taken a tremendous hit. However, they still have a few games left and the opportunity to finish the season strong. Their first step to ensure they do so will be this weekend when the Buccaneers return home to take on the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. ET.

What’s to be done about this long-running animosity between the Steelers (10-2) and Bengals (5-7)? Do the teams encourage the mayhem by downplaying it? Do the NFL and the networks promote it by showing it in prime time every season?

its sixth straight win over the Bengals.,Those questions were raised in the aftermath of a game so brutal that it made viewers cringe. Pittsburgh rallied for a 23-20 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday night

and fines for other players are expected later in the week.,What it’ll be remembered for, is how it felt more like a street brawl at times. The NFL responded by suspending Steelers receiver JuJu Schuster-Smith and Bengals safety George Iloka for one game each on Tuesday, though

” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.,Authentic Joel Heath Jersey,“I’ll acknowledge there were some unfortunate things in that game that we don’t need in our game — by both sides

with grudges deepening.,It’s been going on for years

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will remain in a Cincinnati hospital until at least today to undergo further testing on a spinal injury suffered in the first quarter.

Shazier left Paul Brown Stadium on a stretcher less than four minutes into the game following a tackle that left the 25-year-old writhing on the turf, his legs motionless. He underwent extensive testing overnight,Authentic D.J. Reader Jersey, with the team saying Shazier’s injury did not require surgery “at this time.”

The Steelers had hoped Shazier would be able to return to Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The timetable has been pushed back at least 24 to 48 hours. He remained at University of Cincinnati Medical Center under the care of neurosurgeons David Okonwko and Joseph Cheng. Shazier is expected to be transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital later in the week.

the relentlessly upbeat Shazier offered a bit of hope Tuesday evening.,While the severity of the injury will remain unknown until the swelling subsides

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict — a focal point for much of the animosity — left the field on a cart with a concussion after Schuster-Smith leveled him with a blindside hit. The receiver then stood over the fallen linebacker to taunt him.

receiver Antonio Brown yelled: “Karma! It’s called karma!”,Authentic Corey Moore Jersey,As Schuster-Smith apologized for taunting after the game

The NFL’s letter to Schuster-Smith informing him of the suspension said the egregious hit and the taunting “fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player.”

but the NFL suspended the Bengals safety for the type of flagrant hit that has “no place in our game.”,Iloka hit Brown in the head after his touchdown catch tied the game in the fourth quarter. Brown wasn’t hurt

when Burfict made a twisting tackle on Le’Veon Bell that left the Steelers running back with a torn knee. Burfict celebrated — the Bengals say he was just happy to make a big play — but Bell and the Steelers took umbrage.,Those moments have defined the rivalry since 2015

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis — who has steadfastly defended Burfict — is finishing his contract and could be done in Cincinnati after a 15-year run. He’s 0-7 in the playoffs — including two losses to Pittsburgh — and he’s 8-24 against the Steelers overall.

Burfict will stay. He got a contract extension earlier this year while serving another three-game suspension for an egregious preseason hit. He also was ejected from a game in Tennessee for pushing an official’s arm away.

The question is how to keep it from turning a rivalry into a rumble.

“The rivalry is real,Authentic Stephen Anderson Jersey,” Bengals linebacker Kevin Minter said after the game. “We come for them, and they come for us.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, including good friend and fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams.,Womens Jeff Allen Jersey, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II visited Shazier before heading back to Pittsburgh. Tomlin called their conversation “normal” and said Shazier was concerned about the well-being of the rest of the team

“Ryan is a legitimate leader, Vince particularly. I told him about the guys. We talked about how the game unfolded.”,Womens Corey Moore Jersey,” Tomlin said. “He’s asking about the guys

The Bears placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve for the second straight season.

The three-time Pro Bowler has been trying to play through a left shoulder injury he suffered in 2016. He aggravated it during Sunday’s loss to the 49ers and sat out the second half.

ending their seasons.,The Bills placed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and defensive end Shaq Lawson on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers are hoping to stay in the playoff chase long enough to potentially welcome back Aaron Rodgers from a collarbone injury.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just put two starting offensive linemen on injured reserve and could be without starting running back Doug Martin because of a concussion.

They’re three games under .500 and are a longshot to get into the postseason for the first time since 2007.

A visit to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the desperate Packers (5-6) does not seem like the ideal time for the last-place Buccaneers (4-7) to bring their injured starting quarterback Jameis Winston back from a shoulder injury.

when have we ever not done that?” Koetter said. “When does a player not come back and (return to being) a starter that week?”,“Jameis is going to start on Sunday. Any player that is ever back practicing

Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick guided the team to a 2-1 record during Winston’s absence. Winston has thrown for least 328 yards four times this season. Mike Evans is one of the league’s top receivers with 51 catches for 702 yards and four touchdowns.

It’s the third-best passing attack in the NFL (264.5 yards).

“Well,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “But obviously a focal point for us defensively.”, big-time weapons. … You just look at the size and athletic ability of their perimeter group

Green Bay is 1-5 since Rodgers got hurt at Minnesota on Oct. 15. His replacement Brett Hundley showed progress during a 31-28 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

But the Packers can’t afford any more defeats if they’re going to make a ninth straight trip to the postseason.

” receiver Davante Adams said.,“We dug ourselves into a hole … It’s really must-win at this point

the earliest that Rodgers would be eligible to play would be Week 15 against Carolina.,Rodgers was eligible to start practicing this week if he was cleared medically. Even if that happened

the Packers would be in a position similar to the Buccaneers this week in deciding whether to bring back a talented starting quarterback so late in the season.,And if playoff hopes continue to fade

all the Packers can focus on is beating Tampa Bay. They face another winnable game in Week 14 at Cleveland.,For now

” linebacker Clay Matthews said.,Authentic Jeff Allen Jersey,“I don’t have any `relax’ one-liners or `run the table’ or whatever. I’ll leave that up to Aaron

we have a pretty good squad. That’s the reality of it.,“But we have to win these next two and when Aaron’s back at the helm

Winston’s return from a three-game absence coincides with the season-ending knee injuries to center Ali Marpet and right tackle Demar Dotson. They were both placed on injured reserve this week.

so he will play.,But Koetter said there is no greater risk for Winston to damage his shoulder than before his initial injury

“The player’s health is always the No. 1 thing for every football team,” Koetter said. “But if a player is at no more risk than whatever the normal risk is, then they’re going to play. That’s what they’re paid to do.”, and in the NFL that is substantial

Hundley bounced back from a four-turnover outing two weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens by throwing for 245 yards and a career-best three touchdown passes last week at Pittsburgh.

and Hundley was sacked four times in the second half. But the Steelers game was a valuable learning experience in a nationally televised game played in a hostile road environment.,There is still plenty of improvement needed

“It comes with me being able to see (plays develop) better and the timing with the receivers, timing and getting the rhythm of all of it.”,Womens Joel Heath Jersey,” Hundley said. “It comes with experience

however they entered this season with heightened expectations after finishing 9-7 last season. Koetter rejects the notion that appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series during the preseason created additional pressure that’s had an adverse impact on the team.,The Bucs haven’t made the playoffs since 2007

“I say all the time, no one has higher expectations for us than we have for ourselves,Womens D.J. Reader Jersey,” Koetter said., so I don’t think anybody from the outside could create expectations

with the Packers ranking 25th (244.1 yards per game) and the Buccaneers allowing an NFL-high 284.6 yards per game through the air.,Womens Andre Hal Jersey,The game features two of the league’s less effective pass defenses

Green Bay does hope to get Matthews back from a groin injury to give the pass rush a kick-start after just one sack against Pittsburgh.
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