Here’s your open thread for today.

18 emojis that fully explain the first half of the NFL season – SBNation.com
Ratings are down, but we still found plenty of highlights at the midseason point worthy of emoji awards.

Falcons vs. Buccaneers on ‘Thursday Night Football’: Highlights from Atlanta’s 43-28 win – SBNation.com
Matt Ryan threw four touchdowns and no interceptions to keep the Atlanta Falcons (6-3) well in control in the NFC South, with an easy win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Norv Turner had a good reason for leaving the Vikings so abruptly – SBNation.com
The veteran NFL coach left the Vikings abruptly, but he had a good reason.

High-flying Falcons offense wins big against the Buccaneers – SBNation.com
Atlanta strengthened its hold on the NFC South with a dominant division win.

Watch: Buccaneers vs. Falcons Highlights
Highlights from the Bucs’ Week 9 matchup with the Falcons.

Watch: Koetter’s Postgame Press Conference
HC Dirk Koetter spoke with members of the media following Thursday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Watch: Buccaneers vs. Falcons Full Highlights
Highlights from the Buccaneers-Falcons Week 9 matchup.

Watch: Bucs vs. Falcons Press Conferences
HC Dirk Koetter and QB Jameis Winston were among Bucs who spoke to the media following the game against the Falcons on Thursday.

Falcons Hand Bucs First Division Loss
Atlanta seized midseason control of the NFC South on Thursday night with a 43-28 win over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, giving Tampa Bay it’s fourth loss in four home games.

Bucs Can’t Keep Up With High-Flying Falcons, Fall 43-28 | Pewter Report
A manageable Thursday Night Football game took a quick turn for the worse after celebrating the career of legendary Bucs safety John Lynch.

McCoy Says Bucs Need To “Do Some Soul Searching” | Pewter Report
Despite playing 92 snaps in an overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Bucs’ defense can’t use that as an excuse for its sloppy play against the Falcons.

Dotson Still In Search For Solution To Fix Bucs | Pewter Report
The feeling in the Bucs locker room following their 43-28 loss at the hands of the Falcons could be described as dejected.

Shelton: New Year, Different Smith, Same Bucs Defense | Pewter Report
It’s a new year with a new Smith, but it’s the same old Bucs defense that got shredded by Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

Falcons-Buccaneers Scouting Report, Week 9: Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Atlanta’s deep passing attack | Tampa Bay Times
Four days ago, Derek Carr picked apart the Buccaneers defense to become the 10th player in NFL history to pass for 500 yards and four touchdowns. Tonight on Thursday Night Football, Tampa Bay will host Matt Ryan, the ninth player to join that club.

Bucs-Falcons grades: D for disaster | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — It was John Lynch Ring of Honor night, a night for defense.

Bucs start rookie running back Barber against Falcons | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — With their top three running backs sidelined by injuries, the Bucs started undrafted rookie Peyton Barber in Thursday’s game against the Falcons.

Koetter shows no confidence in Bucs defense; why should anyone? | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — A Bucs fan named Randy Flynn had a pretty funny joke on Twitter during Tampa Bay’s 43-28 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night.

Bucs wear down, fall hard against Falcons | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — For the second time in four days, the Bucs and their thoroughly exhausted defense watched a quarterback and a touted receiver slice and dice them like a gadget on one of those late-night infomercials.

Bucs defense still can’t stop anyone, especially explosive Falcons – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Tampa Bay’s defense again faltered as the Buccaneers gave up 461 yards of total offense to the Falcons in a 43-28 loss.

Jameis Winston, Mike Evans of Tampa Bay Buccaneers exit in loss
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans has entered the concussion protocol, but quarterback Jameis Winston says his knee is OK after both players were forced from Thursday night’s loss.

Bucs’ defense showing worse numbers than last year – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs added key pieces on defense in hopes that those players would make a difference this year. So far, the numbers aren’t good.


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