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TAMPA, Fla. Mike Edwards Womens Jersey . -- When Tampa Bay opened the season with a 31-24 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons, it was a promising start to Dirk Koetters head coaching career against a team he and Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith coached together.But as the rematch approaches Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium, much has changed as the Buccaneers find themselves considerably short-handed as they try to stop a Falcons offense that has established itself as the NFLs best.I think theyre playing with more confidence, and you would expect that: They won some big games, Koetter said.The Falcons (5-3) have the NFC South lead and quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL in touchdown passes (19) and passing yards (2,636), having thrown scoring passes to an NFL-best 10 different players. The biggest challenge will be containing receiver Julio Jones, who went off for 300 yards in a victory against Carolina this season, but the Buccaneers held him to 66 yards in the first meeting. Jones has been slowed by a knee injury, but the Bucs fully expect to face him.Julio Jones is going to play, said Smith, his coach in Atlanta until last year. He is obviously one of the top three receivers in the league. Theres no doubt about that. Maybe No. 1. I think hes probably one of the toughest guys to defend.The Bucs wont have nearly the same offensive lineup they had around quarterback Jameis Winston in the first meeting. Doug Martin and Charles Sims, the teams top two running backs, are injured as is No. 2 receiver Vincent Jackson, and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who caught a 30-yard touchdown against the Falcons, has since been arrested on a DUI charge and waived.As if losing their top two backs wasnt enough, the Bucs will be without former Falcons back Jacquizz Rodgers, who had filled in admirably with back-to-back 100-yard games before getting injured Sunday in a loss to the Raiders.Now the Bucs move forward with three backs all signed off the street since the start of the season -- former Falcons back Antone Smith, who has never had more than four carries in a game; rookie Peyton Barber, who played only three offensive snaps in Sundays loss; and Mike James, who was signed Tuesday after being waived-injured by the Bucs in Week 1, days before the first Falcons game.The quick turnaround to a Thursday game is tough enough, but the Bucs are coming off an overtime loss to Oakland that saw their defense on the field for 94 snaps. The Raiders piled up 626 yards of total offense, including a franchise-record 512 passing by Derek Carr, whose fourth touchdown won the game late in overtime.Atlanta, too, had their game Sunday come down to the wire as Mohamed Sanu caught the game-winning touchdown in a win over the Packers, so both teams will be physically spent entering the game.Our last three weeks, all the games have come right down to the end, coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday. We had some disappointing finishes where we thought we had a chance to finish and we didnt, then in this game where we did. Were glad we had another opportunity to try to finish ... weve got work to do, but were pleased we were able to finish it this past one.If the Bucs (3-4) win, theyll have the season sweep of the Falcons and be a half-game out of first and even in losses with the Falcons. Theyll need to play much better defensively than they did against Oakland, while facing the NFLs top passer, but Tampa Bay has won three straight against Atlanta -- all since Winston took over as quarterback last season.Both teams will enjoy the longer break after Thursdays game with the Bucs staying home to face the Bears in Week 10, while the Falcons go to the Eagles next weekend before finally getting their open date. Warren Sapp Buccaneers Jersey . On Saturday night, the normally free throw-challenged centre did just that. Howard scored 18 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including 13 of 19 free throws in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 122-111. Matt Gay Jersey . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. . There was no hesitation from the 40th-ranked Pospisil, from Vernon, B.C., who admitted that he cut back on his training sessions over the last few days to conserve energy as the long ATP season finishes next week at the Paris Masters. CHASKA, Minn. -- A look at the European team in the 41st Ryder Cup. Players are listed in the order they made the team.RORY MCILROYAge: 27.Country: Northern Ireland.Ryder Cup record (3 teams): 6-4-4.World ranking: 3.Career victories: 21.Majors: U.S. Open (2011), British Open (2014), PGA Championship (2012, 2014).2016 victories: Irish Open, Deutsche Bank Championship, Tour Championship.Ryder Cup partners: Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia.Outlook: McIlroy comes into the Ryder Cup as the FedEx Cup champion on the strength of winning the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship. The putter has come under serious scrutiny this year, when the four-time major champion failed to contend in any major and missed the cut in two of them. He is unbeaten in three singles matches at the Ryder Cup. Europe needs him to put up points. And remember that Minnesota is in the Central time zone. (The last time the Ryder Cup was held on U.S. soil, McIlroy nearly missed his tee time on the final day at Medinah.)---DANNY WILLETTAge: 28.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 10.Career victories: 5.Majors: Masters (2016).2016 victories: Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Masters.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: One of six rookies, Willett is the only one of them with a major. He comes into the Ryder Cup off a runner-up finish in the Italian Open. However, that was only his second top 10 since he won the Masters.---HENRIK STENSONAge: 40.Country: Sweden.Ryder Cup record (2 teams): 5-4-2.World ranking: 5.Career victories: 18.Majors: British Open (2016).2016 victories: BMW International Open, British Open.Ryder Cup partners: Justin Rose, Paul Casey, Oliver Wilson, Robert Karlsson.Outlook: Stenson might be Europes most reliable player, though he is coping with a slight tear of the meniscus in his right knee. He withdrew after one round at The Barclays and sat out the BMW Championship to rest. He turned in the years best performance at Royal Troon, where his 264 set a major championship record. He also was the silver medalist at the Olympics.---CHRIS WOODAge: 28.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 32.Career victories: 4.Majors: None.2016 victories: BMW PGA Championship.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: The lanky Englishman made the team largely on the strength of his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He has been slowed by a neck injury this year, which might have contributed to the lack of any top 10s since his victory.---SERGIO GARCIAAge: 36.Country: Spain.Ryder Cup record (7 teams): 18-9-5.World ranking: 12.Career victories: 24.Majors: None.2016 victories: AT&T Byron Nelson.Ryder Cup partners: Jesper Parnevik, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Casey, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rory McIlroy.Outlook: Garcia won in Dallas this year and followed that with three finishes in the top five, including the U.S. Open at Oakmont. He figures to be the threat he always has been in the Ryder Cup, particularly with his driving and iron play.---RAFA CABRERA BELLOAge: 32.Country: Spain.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 30.Career victories: 4.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: The Spaniards last victory was more than four years ago, but he has been steady all year. His only missed cut in 21 events worldwide was at Thee Players Championship, and he tied for fifth in successive weeks at the Olympics and the Wyndham Championship. O. J. Howard Womens Jersey. ---JUSTIN ROSEAge: 36.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (3 teams): 9-3-2.World ranking: 11.Career victories: 16.Majors: U.S. Open (2013).2016 victories: Olympics.Ryder Cup partners: Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson.Outlook: Rose is unbeaten in his last six Ryder Cup matches, dating to that 45-foot putt he made on the 17th at Medinah on his way to beating Phil Mickelson. He only has one victory this year, but it was memorable -- an Olympic gold medal after going head-to-head with Stenson. Putting is the only unreliable part of his game.---ANDY SULLIVANAge: 30.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 50.Career victories: 3.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: Sullivan had three victories last year, none this year. His best stretch, which secured his spot in the Ryder Cup, was in the summer when he tied for fifth in the French Open, tied for sixth in the Scottish Open and tied for 12th in the British Open.---MATT FITZPATRICKAge: 22.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 44.Career victories: 2.Majors: None.2016 victories: Nordea Masters.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: The youngest player for Europe, the Englishman has five top 10s and 11 missed cuts. He locked up his spot on the team by finishing fifth in the Czech Masters. His match play history includes his victory in the U.S. Amateur in 2013. As an amateur, he won the British Boys Amateur and was low amateur at the 2013 British Open.---LEE WESTWOODAge: 43.Country: England.Ryder Cup record (9 teams): 20-15-6.World ranking: 46.Career victories: 39.Majors: None.2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, Soren Hansen, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson.Outlook: Westwood is playing on his 10th consecutive team. He has 23 points, fifth all-time in the Ryder Cup and with a chance to break Nick Faldos record of 25 points. This is his third time, and second in a row, that he has needed a captains pick. He had the same chance as Willett to win the Masters and tied for second.---MARTIN KAYMERAge: 31.Country: Germany.Ryder Cup record (3 teams): 4-3-3.World ranking: 48.Career victories: 15.Majors: U.S. Open (2014), PGA Championship (2010).2016 victories: None.Ryder Cup partners: Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Thomas Bjorn.Outlook: Kaymer has something special happen in even-numbered years, so hes still waiting. He won the PGA Championship in 2010, holed the clinching putt at the 2012 Ryder Cup in 2012 and won the U.S. Open in 2014. He hasnt won since that eight-shot victory at Pinehurst No. 2 for his second major.---THOMAS PIETERSAge: 24.Country: Belgium.Ryder Cup record (rookie): 0-0-0.World ranking: 42.Career victories: 3.Majors: None.2016 victories: Made in Denmark.Ryder Cup partners: None.Outlook: Pieters victory in Denmark was enough to persuade Darren Clarke to use his last captains pick on him. Pieters won the NCAA title at Riviera when he played at Illinois. 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