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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. What they're saying about Bucs-Packers

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    Bucs DE Michael Johnson:

    "It's like basketball on grass. They got guys going everywhere. They know what they are doing. It's like a well-oiled machine. They are a good offensive football team."

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith:

    "When you talk about a frustrating day, this was a frustrating day. I've had some bad ones. This was definitely one of them. … That's just a great football team on the other side. We haven't had many days like this. So maybe we ought to give them a little more credit also."...

  2. Defense's stand -- four stops at the 1 -- kept Bucs close

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    TAMPA -- On a day when the Bucs offense couldn't muster much of anything, Tampa Bay's defense put up a wall in the third quarter, stopping the Packers at the 1-yard line four straight times to keep the team within a touchdown.

    Green Bay led 10-3 when the Bucs punted to open the third quarter, and the Packers drove down the field, going to third down just once in getting to the Tampa Bay 6-yard line....

    The Bucs' defense celebrates after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws incomplete on a fourth and one during third quarter action.
  3. Bucs clinch top-two draft pick, get No. 1 with loss

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    As it relates to the 2015 NFL draft, the Bucs control their own destiny.

    With Oakland beating the Bills on Sunday for the Raiders' third win, the Bucs have locked up a top-two pick in the upcoming draft -- meaning they would have at worst the lesser of prized quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. And if the Bucs lose their regular-season finale next week at home against the Saints, they would pick No. 1 overall, barely edging the Titans on the league's strength-of-schedule tiebreaker....

    With Oakland beating the Bills on Sunday for the Raiders' third win, the Bucs have locked up a top-two pick in the upcoming draft.
  4. Bucs disappointed to see Packer fans 'take over' stadium

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    TAMPA -- The Packers hadn't been here in five years and always travel well, but it was still disheartening for the Bucs to look up into Raymond James Stadium and see thousands of Green Bay fans in green and yellow, enjoying the warm weather and the scoreboard.

    "It was a little shocking, for them to go in and take over our stadium," safety Dashon Goldson said after the 20-3 loss. "Not only to get a win, but take over our stadium. It was kind of surprising to me. I've never seen anything like that."...

    It was disheartening for the Bucs to look up into Raymond James Stadium and see thousands of Green Bay fans in green and yellow, enjoying the warm weather and the scoreboard.
  5. A step back: Offensive line allows season-high 7 sacks

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    TAMPA -- If the Bucs offensive line had seemed to take a step forward last week in shifting Demar Dotson to left tackle, there was a pronounced step back Sunday, as the line gave up a season-high seven sacks in a 20-3 loss to Green Bay.

    "We didn't do our job today," said Evan Dietrich-Smith, who had played for the Packers until signing with Tampa Bay this spring. "We've got to give him time. We have to do whatever we can do ... We did some good things, and it might not have (always) been on us, but when it's us too many times, we've got to fix that trend."...

    The Bucs' offensive line gave up a season-high seven sacks in Sunday's 20-3 loss to Green Bay.
  6. Bucs' run game disappears with 16 yards vs. Packers

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs had hoped to establish their running game Sunday, knowing longer, sustained drives would keep Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense off the field.

    "Something we came into the game with (was) to get 5 yards per carry, and we were unable to do that consistently today," starting running back Doug Martin said. "In the future, we want to do that."

    Unable to do that consistently? The Bucs weren't able to do it once Sunday, with a long of 4 yards the entire game, finishing with 16 yards on 14 carries, the lowest yardage total for the team since 1989, and the second-lowest in any NFL game this season....

    The Bucs' 16 yards on 14 carries were the lowest yardage total for the team since 1989, and the second-lowest in any NFL game this season.
  7. Bucs can't find offense in 20-3 loss to Packers

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs defense did its best to limit Aaron Rodgers on the scoreboard, but the Bucs offense barely showed up Sunday, struggling to get even 100 yards of total offense in a 20-3 loss before a sellout crowd at Raymond James Stadium.

    With the loss, the Bucs (2-13) remain in position to land the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, but Sunday's loss puts them one game away from finishing winless at home for the first time since 1976. The Packers (11-4) clinched a playoff berth with the win, getting efficient play from Rodgers, who had 235 yards on 24-for-30 passing entering the fourth quarter....

  8. Live blog: Bucs trail Packers 13-3 in fourth

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    Greetings from Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs are still seeking their first home win of the season, no easy task today against a Packers team that can clinch a playoff spot with a win today. Lots of updates coming throughout the game ...

    3:10 p.m.: Bucs defense again is stout in the red zone, stopping the Packers inside the 10, but this time they come away with a Mason Crosby field goal to make it a two-score lead at 13-3. There's 10:19 left here in Tampa....

  9. Bucs make tackle Anthony Collins inactive again

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    If there was any doubt about the message the Bucs are sending to Anthony Collins, the team's former starter at left tackle was made inactive for the second game in a row for today's game against the Packers.

    Collins was benched last week for what Lovie Smith said was a "coach's decision," and after not appearing on the injury report all week, he's not dressing again, raising the possibility his playing days with the Bucs could be done. The Bucs will continue with Demar Dotson starting at left tackle and Oniel Cousins at right tackle, as they shifted to last week. The Bucs have Kevin Pamphile, Josh Allen and Garrett Gilkey active as backup linemen....

  10. Aaron Rodgers seeks first NFL win in Tampa

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    If you're among the faction of Bucs fans still actively rooting for the team to win, and as such you're searching for morsels of optimism with the Packers and hordes of their fans in town, well, here goes:

    Green Back quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not played well in Raymond James Stadium.

    Granted, it's a small sample size, from back in the early stages of his NFL career. And it has been awhile since he has played here, ...

    Mike Evans
  11. Bucs' Tedford, healthy, lands with CFL's B.C. Lions

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    Two weeks after he was released from his contract by the Bucs, former offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was formally introduced Friday as the new head coach of the CFL's B.C. Lions, saying he's healthy and eager to return to coaching.

    Tedford, 53, underwent a surgical procedure in August to insert two stents near his heart, and after a few weeks of uncertainty, he was placed on indefinite medical leave on Sept. 23, leaving quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo to call the plays for the entire season. Tedford addressed his health on Friday in a story with the Vancouver Sun, saying "I've been good to go for a couple of months."...

  12. Doug Martin, Bucs hope to keep Packers' Aaron Rodgers off field

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    TAMPA — Doug Martin, who rushed for a season-high 96 yards Sunday against the Panthers, understands that the more he is on the field Sunday against the Packers, the less time Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is, which probably would be a good thing for the Bucs.

    "We know what Aaron Rodgers can do, and that's something we talk about with our offense being on the field more, so we can keep their offense off the field," Martin said....

    Doug Martin: Keeping the Packers offense off the field is key.
  13. Martin seeks more progress from Bucs' running game

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    TAMPA -- Bucs running back Doug Martin, who rushed for a season-high 96 yards last week, understands that the more he's on the field Sunday, the less that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is, which is probably a good thing.

    "We know what Aaron Rodgers can do, and that's something we talk about with our offense being on the field more, so we can keep their offense off the field," Martin said....

  14. Grand feat: Evans, Jackson could both pass 1,000 yards

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    It's a quirky statistical footnote in what has been a disappointing Bucs season, but just the same, rookie Mike Evans and veteran Vincent Jackson could become the first Bucs teammates to reach 1,000 receiving yards in the same season Sunday against the Packers.

    If both players simply hit their average production, they'll pass the milestone -- Evans comes in with 948 yards, Jackson 931 -- with one more game still left against the Saints at home next week if they fall short....

  15. Holiday hope? Aaron Rodgers' odd history in Tampa

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    If you're among that faction of Bucs fans still actively rooting for the team to win, and as such you're searching for morsels of optimism with the Packers and hordes of their fans coming to town, well, here goes.

    Aaron Rodgers, for whatever reason, has not played well in Raymond James Stadium.

    We readily admit it's been a while since he's played here, so it's a small sample size, from back in the nearly mortal early stages of his NFL career....