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TAMPA, Fla. -- Gerald McCoy summed up the mind-set of the suddenly stingy Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.Its our job to keep the other team from scoring, the four-time Pro Bowl tackle said. If they dont score, they dont win.The streaking Bucs (8-5) have been as effective as anyone in shutting down opposing offenses during a five-game winning streak that has propelled the team into contention for its first playoff berth in nine years.Jameis Winstons leadership and progress as a second-year quarterback has commanded most of the attention during the surge, however the play of the McCoy-led defense has been just as important.The Bucs have held their last five opponents under 21 points, the longest such stretch for the franchise since the last three games of 2009 and the first two of the following season.You have to go back to 2008 for the last time it happened within the same season.Theyre just playing with a lot of confidence, coach Dirk Koetter said, reflecting on Sundays 16-11 victory over New Orleans , which was held without a touchdown for only the second time in the 11 seasons the quarterback/coach duo of Drew Brees and Sean Payton has been together with the Saints, who lead the NFL in total offense.The Bucs intercepted Brees three times, giving them a league-leading 23 takeaways since Week 5, and forced New Orleans to settle for field goals on two drives inside the Bucs 5-yard line.Tampa Bay had the NFLs worst turnover differential through a 1/3 start. The defense has worked its way up to a tie for 11th while helping the team win seven of nine to climb into position to challenge for its first division title and playoff berth since 2007.Its great to see, Koetter said. Some of these guys on defense have been beat up for a few years. Its great to see these guys having the success theyre having, it really is.McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, is in his seventh season and has yet to make the playoffs. He shrugged off a question about whether he feels Tampa Bays defense, which during the current winning streak has held every opponent under 350 yards, is underrated.I dont care, were winning. ... Were winning because were playing together, not turning the ball over and were taking the ball away, McCoy said. Were winning because were playing as a team.And because many of the moves general manager Jason Licht made to fix the defense during the offseason are beginning to pay off.The Bucs drafted cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III in the first round after signing veteran pass rusher Robert Ayers, Jr., cornerback Brent Grimes and linebacker Daryl Smith in free agency.Ayers had Tampa Bays lone sack against the Saints. Hargreaves and Grimes had two of the three interceptions off Brees.Winston noted that the defense has given some of the leagues best quarterbacks fits while allowing just over 12 points per game in wins over Seattle, San Diego and New Orleans the past three weeks.Our defense has been playing amazing. It starts with our leaders ... Clinton McDonald, Gerald McCoy and Lavonte (David) have taken it to a whole new level, Winston said.What they did to Philip Rivers last week, what they did to Drew this week, what they did to Russell Wilson the week before, we are playing good football, Winston added. But weve got to continue to get better.The young team is confident it hasnt peaked.The Bucs travel to Dallas (11-2) for a prime-time matchup Sunday night, then finish the regular season at New Orleans and home against Carolina.It doesnt matter what your record is. You can get hot at any time, Hargreaves said. Were hot right now, and were going to try and keep that going.---For more NFL coverage: and Texas Rangers Jerseys . In what the team had called a retirement, Ryan said Thursday that he is resigning as chief executive of the Rangers in a move effective at the end of this month. Custom Texas Rangers Jerseys . 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Joey Gallo Jersey .J. -- Marshawn Lynch said Thursday it will be good to get back to football after the Seattle quiet talking running back wrapped up his final mandatory media session of Super Bowl week.Sean Dyche expects Saturdays opponents Manchester United to challenge this season despite the noise over their recent form. Last weekends 4-0 defeat at Chelsea left United six points off top spot in the Premier League, although they have since beaten neighbours Manchester City in the EFL Cup.But Dyche - once dubbed the Ginger Mourinho by Burnley supporters - has backed the Portuguese to make a success of the United job in the long-term. Burnley 2-1 Everton highlights For all the noise thats been made about the ups and downs of Manchester United over the past couple of weeks theyre still a fine side, Dyche said. I look at the manager, the club, the players theyve got and theyre still a super strong group of people operating at the highest level.Id be very surprised if this group of players is not still a very, very strong group and a group to be reckoned with over the course of the season. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?£6.99. No contract Dyche celebrates four years in charge this weekend and says even the best managers need time to shape a side.No matter who you are its still aa challenge to get a new group and get it to operate how you want it to operate, Dyche added.dddddddddddd I think [Mourinho] will still be piecing together what his top team is and how he wants them to operate. I dont know him but I can imagine hes doing that.The players likewise, getting used to different ways of playing and training, different things he wants from them. Sometimes its hand in glove and it happens very, very quickly, sometimes it doesnt. Highlights of the EFL Cup match between Manchester United and Manchester City. Look at Jurgen Klopp going into Liverpool, I dont think that was instant there. Antonio Conte three weeks ago was getting questioned, wins two big games - a big one against Manchester United - and the questions disappear.Pep Guardiola is being spoken about as being on his worst run in, probably, ever. Hes still finding out how it works. These are top, top people with top players but I just think it takes time.You can watch Premier League and EFL Cup football, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the Mexican Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! Also See: Burnley video Burnley fixtures Burnley stats Get £10 free bet! Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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