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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense Break 5-Game Losing Streak With Victory Against New York Jets



TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - With Jameis Winston injured and being 2-6 on the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the dire need for a victory against the New York Jets at Raymond James Stadium Sunday. Photo: Willie David/Florida National News.

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – With starting quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive end William Gholston out with injuries and 2-6 on the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into Sunday’s game with the dire need for a victory against the New York Jets, who are currently 4-5 and equally needed a win. Ryan Fitzpatrick started in Winston’s place and Ryan Russell played for Gholston. Jets running back Matt Forte was also out with tight end Eric Tomlinson in his place.

Both the Buccaneers’ and the Jets’ defenses were stingy in the first half. Kicker Patrick Murray got the Buccaneers on the board with a 29-yard field goal after a 77-yard, 17-play scoring drive, bringing the score to 3-0.

An interesting exchange came late in the second quarter: Tampa’s Brent Grimes intercepted a touchdown pass with the Jets were in the red zone, and on the very next play, the Jets intercepted the ball in return. Neither team was able to capitalize on their respective interceptions with a score. One another Jets scoring series, Buccaneers safety Chris Conte broke up a key touchdown pass, keeping New York off the board.

With three seconds left in the half, New York leveled the score with 47-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro on a 51-yard, 16-play scoring drive.

At the half, the Jets defense had forced Fitzpatrick to only 6 for 12 on completed passes and 43% on third down conversions.

In the third quarter, both teams’ defenses remained steadfast, forcing the Buccaneers into another field goal drive to get more points up. Patrick Murray made it happen at 10:50 with a 49-yard field goal, making the score 6-3.

After a highly contested third quarter that included two challenged helmet plays, Murray closed it out with a third field goal (37 yards) for the Buccaneers, making the score 9-3.

By the fourth quarter Vernon Hargreaves was out with a hamstring injury. However, the Buccaneers offense finally appeared to awaken, and with 6:05 left in the game, they scored their first touchdown with Fitzpatrick’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sims III, making the score 15-3.

The 15-3 score was almost a guaranteed final score until the last minute. Literally. With less than 30 seconds left, the New York Jets eeked out a touchdown and extra point, making the final score 15-10 for Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers next play in-state rival the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday at 1pm. The New York Jets will next host the Carolina Panthers Sunday November 26 at 1pm.


Mellissa Thomas is Florida National News Editor. |


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Jaguars Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley, Previously Suspended for Violating the NFL’s Gambling Policy, Reinstated



Calvin Ridley. Photo: USA TODAY Sports.
Calvin Ridley. Photo: USA TODAY Sports.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wide receiver Calvin Ridley was reinstated to the Jaguars’ active roster, the National Football League announced today.

Acquired via trade by the Jaguars on Nov. 1, Ridley, 28, has 248 career receptions for 3,342 yards and 28 TDs in 49 games spanning four seasons with the Falcons.

The Jaguars and Ridley offered the following statements regarding the reinstatement:


“The Jaguars organization is aware of the NFL’s ruling to reinstate Calvin Ridley. We look forward to building a relationship with Calvin as both an individual and as a player. Calvin is a proven playmaker and we are excited to see him compete among and with his new teammates, first during our Offseason Program in April and ultimately into the 2023 season, as we collectively pursue a championship for Jacksonville.”


“Today’s reinstatement by the NFL brings an end to a challenging chapter of my professional career, one that was self-inflicted and began with an isolated lapse in judgement. I have always owned my mistakes and this is no different. I have great respect for the game and am excited for the opportunity to restart my career in Jacksonville. I look forward to showing my new coaches, teammates, and the entire Jaguars organization exactly who I am and what I represent as a player and person.”

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Tom Brady: ‘I’m Retiring for Good’



Tom Brady announces his retirement again, this time with a recorded video posted on Twitter instead of a written statement or tweet. Image: Tom Brady (Twitter, screen capture).

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Is it finally the end of an era for Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of all-time announced on Twitter, Wednesday morning that he is retiring from football and didn’t mince words.

“Good morning guys, I’ll get straight to the point, I am retiring for good,” Brady said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long winded, you only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”

“I really want to thank you guys, to every single one of you for supporting me, my family, my friends, my teammates, my competitors, I could go on forever, ” he added as the emotions clearly kicked in. “There are too many. Thank you guys for allowing me to live my dream. I wouldn’t change a thing, I love you all.”

Brady’s 23rd season didn’t exactly go as planned with a career-ending 31-14 loss to Dallas in the NFL Wild Card round. His sentiments to the media following the game, seemed like Brady would be gone in Tampa, but many were unsure if it would be the last time we’d see him on a field.

His storied career is the best ever.* 7 Super Bowl Wins

* 5 Super Bowl MVP Awards
* 3 NFL MVP Awards
* 15 Pro Bowls
* Most Career Wins
* Most Career Passing Yards
* Most Career Touchdown PassesAs a starter, he made the playoffs in 20 of 21 seasons. Now that Brady is hanging up his cleats, he will make a new start in the NFL world. As the lead analyst for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. A 10-year deal reportedly worth $375 million.

So we may see Brady at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona after all, but it will be in the Press Box, not under center this time.

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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew Named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games



Sep 30, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew (39)runs during the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Jacksonville Jaguars // WR Jamal Agnew was named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games as a return specialist to replace Ravens WR Devin Duvernay, who is unable to participate due to injury, the NFL announced today. Agnew is the first Jaguars Pro Bowler since 2019 and the 31st Pro Bowler in franchise history. Agnew is the first return specialist to make the Pro Bowl in team history and the fourth specialist, joining punters Bryan Parker and Chris Hanson and kicker Mike Hollis.

Agnew returned 21 kickoffs for 547 yards (26.0 average) and 25 punt returns for 205 yards (8.2 average). Agnew’s 26.0 kick return average was the second-highest in the AFC (min. 20 kick returns) and he had two kick returns of at least 50 yards in the regular season, including a 54-yard return in Jacksonville’s Week 18 victory against Tennessee.

In the postseason, Agnew returned seven kickoffs for 265 yards (37.9 average) and three punt returns for 23 yards (7.7 average). Agnew’s 37.9 return average is the second-highest in a single NFL postseason by any player with a minimum of five kick returns. Agnew had four kick returns for 134 yards with a long of 52 yards against the Chargers and three kick returns for 131 yards with a long of 63 yards against the Chiefs.

The 2023 Pro Bowl games will take place in Las Vegas beginning on Thursday, February 2 with the Pro Bowl players competing in skills challenges. The Pro Bowl Games competition culminates with a seven versus seven NFC action-packed Flag football game at Allegiant Stadium.

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