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21 Nov 2017 at 07:51pm
TAMPA, Fla. -- There are no more lingering questions about whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are relevant again.The teams four-game winning streak not only has catapulted Jameis Winston and his supporting cast into playoff contention, but the Bucs (7-5) also are tied for first place in the NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons.Winston has cut down on mistakes that hindered the offense earlier in the season, Doug Martin has returned from an injury that sidelined him seven weeks to give the team at least the threat of a productive running attack, and a defense that has been a liability at times has rebounded from a shoddy two-game stretch to do its part in the turnaround.I just think were one of those teams that is starting to believe, coach Dirk Koetter said. It is crazy what confidence can do when you start making plays. It seems to build on itself.The winning streak is Tampa Bays longest since 2012, when the Bucs got off to a 6-4 start before losing five of their final six games to finish 7-9. The team is two games over .500 this late in a season for the first time in six years and sitting atop the division standings through Week 13 for the first time since 2008, when a 9-3 start was followed a four-game season-ending slide that cost former coach Jon Gruden his job.The Bucs have missed the playoffs the past eight seasons and havent won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run.It feels great, but we have not arrived. We have to keep playing one game at a time, Winston said after Sundays 28-21 win over San Diego improved Tampa Bays record to 5-1 on the road, compared to 2-4 at home, where the Bucs will host division rival New Orleans on Sunday.We have to take advantage of the opportunity. We cannot stop now, Winston added. We have to keep going. We have to keep playing. I believe we will because were playing so well as a family right now, and its really inspiring.The surge begins with the play of Winston, who threw seven interceptions and lost two fumbles during a three-game losing streak that dropped Tampa Bays record to 1/3 a month into the season. He has thrown for 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions and two lost fumbles while the Bucks have won six of the last eight to fuel the push for their first playoff berth since 2007.The No. 1 overall pick from last years draft has emerged as the teams unquestioned leader in the locker room, too.I think theres definitely something to that, Koetter said Monday of the second-year quarterbacks ability to command the attention and respect of teammates.And theres different styles. Im sure Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and were seeing one of the best in Drew Brees this week, they all have their own style, Koetter added. Leadership can take on many forms, but you also have to be able to back it up with your play. And, Jameis has done that.The Bucs are 4-0 since Martin returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Week 2. And even though, the leagues second-leading rusher from last season hasnt run for the impressive numbers the team is accustomed to getting, hes clearly taken some of the burden off Winston and receiver Mike Evans to carry the offense.Martin rushed for 45 yards on 17 attempts against San Diego, averaging just 2.6 yards per carry. He also scored his second touchdown of the season.Doug makes our offense go. All youve got to do is look at all the tape for last year, Koetter said. We spin a lot of stuff off of how Doug plays.Meanwhile, the defense has made strides since yielding over 1,000 yards during losses to Oakland and Atlanta within a five-day span last month. The have at least two takeaways in four consecutive games, and a rejuvenated pass rush sacked Russell Wilson six times during a 14-5 win over Seattle and two more against Phillip Rivers on Sunday.Coach Dirk is harping on playing complimentary football. Special teams, offense, and defense, and that is what we are doing, Evans said. Everybody is giving it all that theyve got. We are just trying to find a way to win.---For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL. Cheapest Nike Air Max Classic BW. -- Jonathan Drouin gave Halifax the boost it needed to edge host Sherbrooke Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Nike Air Max Classic BW. Jay Feely kicked a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and the Cardinals edged the Tennessee Titans 37-34 in overtime after blowing a 17-point lead late in the fourth quarter. www.nikeairmaxclassicbwcheap.com/ /a>. Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. Nike Air Max BW Mens. Schenn scored the game-winning goal and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Nike Air Max Classic BW Sale. Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. PHILADELPHIA -- Denard Span delivered one of the Giants biggest hits this season.Span homered leading off the 10th inning, and San Francisco beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Thursday for just its fifth win in 14 games since the All-Star break.We needed this win more than ever, Span said.San Francisco, which lost the first two games of the series, has not been swept by Philadelphia in 10 years.Id say thats one of our bigger hits, manager Bruch Bochy said. It couldnt have come at a better time. To get a win here does a lot for the psyche and morale of the ballclub.Matt Moore made his first start for the NL West leader following his acquisition Monday from Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs and three hits in six innings and walked six -- matching his major league high.It started with Matt, Bochy said. He did a terrific job, just a great effort on his part.Moore gave up one hit through five innings and took a 2-1 lead into the sixth, when Freddy Galvis grounded into a forceout with the bases loaded. Moore then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Taylor Featherston.I was maybe a tad bit geared up, he said. I just kind of calmed down and got back to simple things.Span led off the 10th by sending a 2-2, 95 mph fastball from Severino Gonzalez (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole, his third hit of the game.I was just trying to protect, he said. I felt good this series and want to build off this.Sergio Romo (1-0) earned the win without getting an out. Cesar Hernandez was caught stealing for the final out of the ninth when he overslid the base while Romo was facing his first batter.We were disappointed in that, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. He stole that base easily and slid past the bag and weve addressed that at length with him because he has a tendency to do that.Santiago Casilla pitched a 1-2-3 10th for his 25th save in 30 chances.Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez gave up two runs and three hits inn five innings.dddddddddddd.Brandon Crawford hit an RBI single in the first, but Aaron Altherrs run-scoring double tied the score in the bottom half. Span hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.San Francisco put runners on first and second with no outs in the eighth. Brett Oberholtzer got three straight outs, the last on Altherrs diving catch on Brandon Belts sinking liner to center.TRAINERS ROOMPhillies: Velasquez called for a trainer in the fifth inning after he developed a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The right-hander was able to pitch through the fifth, but Mackanin didnt let him go back for the sixth due to the blister.I didnt want to get him into a situation where he might miss his next start, Mackanin said. It wasnt a bad blister, but you could see it developing.EASY WINRomo is the first pitcher since 2009 to earn a victory without officially facing a batter. Colorados Alan Embree last accomplished the feat, on July 7, 2009. The previous Giants pitcher to do it was Tyler Walker on Sept. 17, 2005 against the Dodgers.WALK THIS WAYPhiladelphias Tommy Joseph walked a career-high three times. He had just 11 walks in 203 at-bats this season entering Thursday.NEXT MAN UPMackanin said 22-year-old right-hander Jake Thompson will make his first big league start Saturday at San Diego. Taken by Detroit in the second round of the 2012 amateur draft, Thompson was acquired by the Phillies last season as part of the deal that sent left-hander Cole Hamels to Texas.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-7, 4.30) takes the mound for San Francisco when the Giants open a three-game series at NL East-leading Washington on Friday night.Phillies: Philadelphia begins a six-game trip on Friday night in San Diego when RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.70) faces LHP Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.72). Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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