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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs at Rams: Your morning reading ...



Good morning from St. Louis, where it's cold and rainy -- the Bucs and Rams will be inside the climate-controlled Edward Jones Dome today, and we have plenty to read about to get you to today's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Saturday's news was that starting safety Mark Barron did not travel with the team, so he won't be playing and the Bucs will go with Keith Tandy at safety ...

-- Gary Shelton writes about how the Bucs defense, overshadowed by the offensive struggles, hasn't been good enough this season, despite avoiding so much of the injuries and distractions that have limited the offense.

-- Our weekly Kickin' Back is with Bucs corner Darrelle Revis, who talks about the receivers and corners he respects most in the league, his beard and the teammate he calls "Toothpick."

-- Rick Stroud's weekly Bucs notes look at the challenge of winning with a rookie QB -- Mike Glennon's winning percentage is within 1 percent of the average for NFL rookie quarterbacks this season, and it's not the great success of 2012's trio of Wilson, Luck and Griffin.

-- Joe Smith writes about Tampa Bay's offensive line, which has given up 14 sacks in the last four games and is facing one of the league's top pass rushers in defensive end Robert Quinn.

-- Here's our Bucs-Rams scouting report, as well as what national writers are saying about today's game.


[Last modified: Sunday, December 22, 2013 9:29am]


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