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Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh and why this man is smiling

The battle of Pro Bowl defensive linemen selected back to back in the 2010 NFL Draft went Gerald McCoy's way Sunday in Miami Gardens.
Gerald McCoy smiles as he leaves Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. PHOTO via @geraldini93/Instagram
Gerald McCoy smiles as he leaves Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Sunday following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 30-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins. PHOTO via @geraldini93/Instagram
Published Nov. 20, 2017
Updated Nov. 20, 2017

The topic for the Times' set-up package  for Bucs-Dolphins in Sunday's editions was Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh.

Admittedly, it's not James Winston vs. Marcus Mariota, but the two defensive linemen were taken back to back in the 2010 NFL Draft and they occupied the same field Sunday in Miami Gardens.

Columnist Tom Jones weighed in on the question of who you'd rather have. Analyst Thomas Bassinger took a data dive into who has had a better career.

I won't spoil their conclusions for you. Let's just say its close on both counts.

What did not appear to be close was their relative impact on the game Sunday.

McCoy, the Bucs defensive tackle, got poked in the eye early (below).

Fox commentator Mark Schlereth remarked, "It's only an eye. He'll be back."

He was back all right.

McCoy had seven tackles (three solo), hit the Dolphins quarterback three times and got cheated out of a sack when backup Matt Moore fell forward for a yard when Gerald tackled him in the second half.

Suh had three tackles, hit Ryan Fitzpatrick three times and left little imprint on the game.

Here's what Pro Football Focus thought of McCoy's performance:

Here's what columnist Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale wrote about McCoy: