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Ruud Not Bothered By Pro Bowl Snub
Tampa Bay middle linebacker Barrett Ruud is the leading tackler on the Bucs defense, which ranks ninth overall in the NFL. Ruud wasn't voted to the Pro Bowl, but he hopes that will change sooner rather than later.
  
Flynn's Focus
Why is it so important for the Bucs to make a playoff run this season? What do most of Tampa Bay's losses have in common? Have the Bucs discussed the defensive coordinator position with DBs coach Raheem Morris? Find out in this Pewter Insider column.
   
Brooks, Garcia Progressing
Injured Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia and linebacker Derrick Brooks are progressing in their efforts to play on Sunday against San Diego. Defensive ends Gaines Adams and Stylez White are still limited, but defensive tackle Chris Hovan has been able to participate fully after missing the last game.
  
Pewter Pre-Game Show: Week 16
Watch the Pewter Pre-Game Show now! Pewter Report's editorial staff tackles Game 15 against the Chargers at Raymond James Stadium with "Keys To Victory," "Matchups To Watch" and three "Stats that are for Winners!" See predictions for the upcoming game as well!
   
Brooks, Garcia Likely To Start
Several injured Bucs players likely will play vs. the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, including QB Jeff Garcia (calf) and LB Derrick Brooks (rib). Both players practiced on Friday. Get the latest injury news and the official injury report in this article.
   
Chargers Jolt Bucs' Playoff Hopes, 41-24
UPDATED: The Bucs lost their third straight game and first at home on Sunday, falling to the San Diego Chargers, 41-24. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers threw four touchdown passes vs. Tampa Bay. Bucs QB Jeff Garcia threw two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay is 9-6 and needs help to get into the playoffs.
  
Games Grades: Offense
How did Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia grade out in his return to the lineup? How did the rest of the offense grade out in the Bucs 41-24 loss to the San Diego Chargers? Find out in this Pewter Insider.
  
Game Grades: Defense
The Bucs lost to the Chargers at home on Sunday, 41-24. Which defensive players stood out vs. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers, who tossed four touchdown passes? Which ones didn't? PewterReport.com dishes out grades to the Bucs defense, special teams and coaching staff in this article.
  
Pewter Report Roundtable
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped their third straight game of the season to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, 41-24. What did the Pewter Report editorial staff think of the Bucs' costly loss to the Chargers? They sound off in this article.
   
Bucs Post-Game Quotes
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ playoff hopes took a zapping from the San Diego on Sunday, as the Chargers won 41-24. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers threw a career high four touchdown passes and was able to find open receivers all day long against the Buccaneer’s defense. Read what head coach Jon Gruden and the rest of his players had to say after the loss.
  
Enemy Profile
Pewter Report has scouted Tampa Bay's 16th and final 2008 regular season opponent - the Oakland Raiders. How do the Bucs match up against the Raiders at each position? Get answers to this question, a prediction and much more information regarding the Bucs-Raiders matchup in this Pewter Insider article.
   
NFC Playoff Watch
The 9-6 Bucs have lost three straight games, and if the playoffs started today they'd be out of the post-season. Tampa Bay can still make the playoffs by defeating Oakland, and with the help of the Philadelphia Eagles, who must defeat the Dallas Cowboys at home next Sunday.
   
Bucs Down, But Not Out
The 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three straight games, but they're still alive in the NFC playoff picture. A Tampa Bay win over Oakland and a Philadelphia win over Dallas on Sunday would give the Bucs their 10th win of the season and send the team to the playoffs for the second straight year.
   
Playing Days Coming To An End For Garcia, Others?
If Tampa Bay doesn't make the playoffs, Sunday's game could be the last for several veteran players, including QB Jeff Garcia, who said he'd like to return to Tampa Bay but will weigh his options, including retirement, during the offseason. Plus, injury news from One Buc Place.
   
Bucs-Raiders Preview
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will clash with the Oakland Raiders in Week 17 of the 2008 regular season. What happened the last time these two teams met? How did the Raiders fare last week? Pewter Report has a preview of Sunday's Bucs-Raiders contest.
   
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Week 17
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Oakland Raiders in the regular season finale on Sunday. Which Pewter Reporters picked the Bucs to defeat the Raiders at Raymond James Stadium? Get their picks for this week's games in this article.
  
PI Quick Hits
Other than Luke McCown, which other Buccaneer should be disappointed that Brian Griese started in Atlanta? What front office move could be a big loss for Tampa Bay? Which Bucs practice squad player was close to being called up to the active roster? Find out the answers to these questions in this PI Quick Hits.
  
SR's Fab 5
What went into the decision-making process that led Jon Gruden to start Brian Griese ahead of Luke McCown last Sunday at Atlanta? Is Griese the best option for Tampa Bay? Why hasn't McCown gotten a shot this year? Get the answers to these questions plus inside scoop and some season-ending observations in SR's Fab 5
   
Clayton, Bryant and Stevens Talk Free Agency
Tampa Bay's offense could have a much different look in 2009 without starting WRs Michael Clayton and Antonio Bryant and TE Jerramy Stevens. Clayton and Stevens said they will test the free agent market before considering re-signing with the Bucs. Bryant may do the same, which could force Tampa Bay to use the franchise tag.
  
Pewter Pre-Game Show: Week 17
Watch the Pewter Pre-Game Show now! Pewter Report's editorial staff tackles Game 16 against the Raiders at Raymond James Stadium with "Keys To Victory," "Matchups To Watch" and three "Stats that are for Winners!" See predictions for the upcoming game as well!
   
Line Play Under Scrutiny
Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden weighed in on his team and what has contributed to losing three straight games. The offensive line and the running game were highlighted on offense, and the pass rush was discussed for the defense. Plus, notes on QB Jeff Garcia and re-signing WR Antonio Bryant.
  
Flynn's Focus
There are plenty of negative things to write about the 9-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have lost three straight games and are fighting for their playoff lives. However, with 2009 just around the corner, Pewter Report's Jim Flynn shares 10 things Bucs fans should celebrate heading into the New Year.
  
Chat Transcript - 12/23
Did you miss the Pewter Report chat session on Tuesday night? Not to worry. PewterReport.com provides the full chat transcript in this article. The chat session was hosted by Pewter Report Buccaneers beat writer Charlie Campbell, who answered questions regarding the 9-6 Bucs.
   
Pewter Report Staff Picks: Wild Card Weekend
Which teams will advance to the next round of the playoffs in the AFC and NFC playoff tournament? Find out in this article.
   
Players React To Morris Promotion
Tampa Bay Buccaneers players reacted to the news that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will replace long time defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Plus the official injury report after the Bucs second practice of the week, and Jon Gruden explains what is a successful season at the NFL level in his opinion.
   
Morris Signs 2-Year Deal To Be Bucs' Next Defensive Coordinator
UPDATED: The Bucs made news on Christmas, as defensive backs coach Raheem Morris was named the Bucs defensive coordinator for the 2009 season. Morris signed a two-year contract with the team. Bucs legendary coordinator Monte Kiffin is leaving at the end of the year to coach with his son at the University of Tennessee.
   
Down And Out
UPDATED: Another fourth quarter collapse led to Tampa Bay's fourth-straight loss in December as Oakland prevailed 31-24 and eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention. The Bucs end the season with a 9-7 record. Adding injury to insult is the knee injury sustained by Cadillac Williams in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest.
  
Bucs Players Want Lake To Replace Morris As DBs Coach
With Raheem Morris' promotion to defensive coordinator starting in 2009, the Bucs will have to search for a new coach to run the secondary. The veteran defensive backs lobbied for former assistant DBs coach Jimmy Lake on Friday. Find out what they had to say and what Morris thinks of Lake in this Pewter insider article.
 
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