Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Marc Mariani was installed as the kick and punt returner and appeared to deliver a jolt of energy in an area that has been less than productive.

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Matt Forte was the centerpiece of the offense – when coaches finally went to him.

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It was an up-and-down day for a group that was expected to dominate a pedestrian pass defense ranked in the 20’s in nearly every statistical category.

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Protection allowed Jay Cutler to be sacked three times in the span of seven first-quarter plays, albeit with one sack due to a very poor pass set by tight end Dante Rosario.

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In the midst of a disappointing season, many in Chicago contemplated what life would be like with Lovie Smith still at the helm and Josh McCown as the Bears starting quarterback. 

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