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What stood out in the Cardinals 18-15 win over the 49ers?

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In the ugliest game so far in this young season, the Cardinals somehow managed to eek out a win. Like, I literally had this entire article ready to go, assuming the Cards were going to lose (because that’s what I’ve been conditioned to after 20 years of Cardinals football).

With that shameful admission, I deflect with this: Larry Fitzgerald, I am so glad the Cardinals drafted you. The greatest Cardinal to ever wear the uniform.

The Good:

Well somehow they won. Phil Dawson was perfect on the day.

The J. Browns had a fantastic day. Having John back was huge for the passing game, and Jaron had an incredible day. Tough catches and forcing penalties are a big reason the Cardinals won today.

Andre Ellington should have had a TD, and if the offensive line wasn’t an assembly of bums off Van Buren, he would have had a career day. The 9 receptions (including a sick 1 hander), 86 yards in the air, plus a paltry 18 on the ground got the re-surging Ellington over a 100 yards on the day.

The Bad:

The offensive line is going to get a lot of hate this week. I really like my “bums from Van Buren” comment so I want to highlight that. They aren’t in the ugly column because they had a first time starter at LG and a backup LT and somehow did enough to give Palmer enough time to hit Larry for the game winning TD.

The secondary looks good on paper, but if you add in all those easy drops the 49ersWRs/TEs/Rbs had, it could have been an even uglier day. The defense is too predictable at times but did enough, against a better QB they would have been spit roasted.

The run game. Read: Offensive line, bums, etc, above.

Palmer taking that many hits is scary. Just what else is there to say.

The Ugly:

Markus Golden’s injury. I really hope it’s a sprain and not what we all dread. He hasn’t been racking up sacks, but he’s been getting pressures and solid in the run game. Would be a big loss.

Penalties: Almost cost the Cardinals the game in overtime. Just too many dumb penalties.

The Cardinals chances at a winning season. If they can barely squeak by an 0-3 team at home, then what hope is there to win against the EaglesBuccaneers and Rams in the next three games? The offensive line needs to be figured out, but with the injuries, it doesn’t look good.

What was your good, bad and ugly this week?

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The NFC South has been and remains one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL, filled with excellent rivalries and surprise divisional winners on a nearly seasonal basis. This is not the AFC East, where three sad sack teams compete every year to lose less badly to the Patriots. This is a place where magic can happen for almost anyone.

That begs the question of which team is best-positioned to succeed in the NFC South over the long haul, and in my eyes, there are two obvious choices.

The first is your Atlanta Falcons. They have a franchise quarterback who should have any where from 2-5 good seasons left in him, plus a killer supporting cast and a young, burgeoning defense. You’d be hard-pressed to argue that many teams in the NFL are in a better spot right now, much less the division.

The second team is the Buccaneers. They have a young potential franchise QB in Jameis Winston, a quality offense, and a defense that can become something if they continue to build it Because their QB is so much younger than Atlanta, you can squint a little and see them being relevant longer, even if their roster overall isn’t as strong as the Falcons’ right now.

The Panthers are good right now, I’d argue, and likely a force in the short-term. The Panthersare arguably the weakest team in the NFC South at the moment and have the oldest quarterback out of anybody, which means they could be in the cellar both right now and over the long haul.

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We all, I think, liked the Falcons’ offseason. The draft class was quality, free agency gave the team one impact defender and a few useful pieces, and they really only lost our dear friend Patrick DiMarco along the way. If they fall short of the playoffs this year, it won’t be because of anything they did in the offseason.

That said, not everyone loved the team’s low-key approach to the offseason, and multiple outlets have insinuated that the Buccaneers should be the toast of the NFC South for their approach. This happens on an annual basis—think of how many times in recent years analysts have picked the Bucs to go to the playoffs—but this time’s a little different because we’re not talking about a season projection. They may even have a point.

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TAMPA — Back in the franchise’s glory days, during the Warren Sapp-Derrick Brooks-John Lynch era, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense used to tell the offense, “Give us 17 points and we’ll take care of the rest.’’

The Buccaneers of Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Bradley McDougald aren’t good enough to make that promise. You wouldn’t know it, though, from watching them the last couple of weeks.

The Buccaneers have won two straight and pulled themselves back to the .500 mark in part by all but shutting down the Bears and Chiefs, limiting them to 10 and 17 points respectively.

Their ability to make big plays in clutch moments is one of the reasons.

Take much-maligned safety Chris Conte’s interception of Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith during the Buccaneers surprising 19-17 victory last week at Arrowhead Stadium, for example.

Not only did the pick come in the fourth quarter, with the Buccaneers clinging precariously to a slim two-point lead, but it came in the red zone on a second-and-goal play from the Buccaneers 6-yard line.

And not only did Conte make that pick in the end zone, holding his ground during a play-action fake and stepping in front of Chris Conley to make the grab, but he returned the ball 53 yards to the Chiefs 48.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Seattle Seahawks in NFL?Football action today. The game is scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. start time and it will be televised live on FOX. The NFL?Odds for the game have the Seahawks favored to pick up the win on the road.

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Seattle is playing some excellent football right now, viagra dosage winners of three straight overall. The Seahawks lead the NFC?West and have been in three straight close contests, sickness which should help them continue to gain confidence moving forward. Having quarterback Russell Wilson healthy under center is big for them, he’s thrown for six touchdowns in the three straight wins with no interceptions.

One of the things that could get overlooked in this one is Seattle having to fly back across the country again following the win over Philadelphia last week. They say defenses travel in the NFL and that’s certainly a strength for the Seahawks, who will look to shut down Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers attack. Tampa Bay is coming off a huge win at Kansas City last week, Winston threw for 331 and one score.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday night, discount dismissing him after two seasons and giving him only one with No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston behind center.

Smith went 6-10 this season and 8-24 over two years in charge of the team.

“After careful consideration, tadalafil we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change,” Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement Wednesday night. “I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here.”

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter admitted Monday that he was “disappointed” wide receiver Mike Evans chose to sit during the national anthem before Sunday’s game to protest Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed for that,” Koetter said. “I also respect Mike’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

Koetter said he was adopting the same stance he took when asked in August how he would react if one of his players protested in similar fashion to Colin Kaepernick. He even read the same statement when he addressed the media Monday.

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