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Dirk Koetter weighs in on possibility of Peyton Barber solidifying a starting role

It’s certainly no secret that Doug Martin has struggled all season long, instead of returning to the type of running back we saw in 2015 that finished second in the NFL in rushing yards, even after returning from his four-game suspension for the use of performance enhancing substances. In fact, Martin has struggled to record 100-plus yards in a game in over two years.

after watching Peyton Barber have a career day versus the Packers on Sunday,So, you can’t help but wonder if Barber would help the running game out by taking on a full-time starting role or even becoming Martin’s official replacement.

During Monday’s press conference at One Buc Place, coach Koetter was asked about the possibility of Barber holding on to the starting role. Koetter said there’s a chance it could happen.

“We will see when we get to that point, we don’t have that option because Doug [Martin] is in the protocol still. If he can go out there and duplicate 165 yards rushing every week, you’d do it. Unfortunately,” Koetter said. “Right now, that’s not guaranteed. It’s not quite that easy, but yeah you’d love to.”

Barber racked up a career-high 102 yards rushing and also led the Bucs with four catches for 41 yards. His 143 yards are the most a Tampa Bay running back has been able to produce all year. Considering Martin’s lack of production and explosiveness along with the running game’s inability to get anything going this season, the possibility of Barber taking on a starting role should be an option the team considers moving forward no doubt.

the Packers finally flipped the script on themselves and won a game with ugly quarterback play,Womens Joel Heath Jersey,After 25 years of winning games due to stellar quarterback play, which almost never happens in Green Bay.

As a matter of fact, the Packers managed to do something with Brett Hundley on Sunday they've never done with Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers: They won a game with less than 80 passing yards.

but they were still able to hang on to beat the Buccaneers 26-20 in a wild overtime game at Lambeau Field. Not only did the Packers keep their faint playoff hopes alive,The Packers mustered 77 yards through the air,Womens D.J. Reader Jersey, but they also increased the chances that Rodgers could return at some point this season.

Rodgers has said he's going to return only if it makes sense, so this victory was huge -- if it proved one thing, and the only way it's going to make sense is if the Packers are in the playoff race, it's that Rodgers can't return soon enough.

Hundley finished with only 84 passing yards -- a number that went down to 77 due to two sacks -- and he almost single-handedly killed the Packers' playoff chances. However, Green Bay's postseason hopes were kept alive by running back Jamaal Williams and a a desperate Packers defense that made big play after big play against the Bucs.

On Williams' end,Womens Corey Moore Jersey, Packers fans weren't talking Williams after the game, the rookie running back -- who had never rushed for more than 67 yards in a game this season -- exploded for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Of course, they were talking about another running back: Aaron Jones.

Jones gave the Packers a walk-off win with a 20-yard touchdown run,Jones got only one carry the entire game, and yes,Womens Jeff Allen Jersey, but he made it count. On the opening possession of overtime, there was definitely a Lambeau Leap involved.

he must have been taking notes during his time as a backup because he turned into Aaron Rodgers in overtime. Not only did Hundley throw for 30 of his 84 yards in the extra period,As for Hundley, but he also converted a third-and-4 in OT by running for seven yards. Six plays later, although he struggled for most of the game, Jones would win the game with his touchdown.

Of course, but their pressure also led to a first-half touchdown. In the second quarter, the Packers probably don't even make it to overtime if not for one of the best defensive performances that Green Bay has turned in this year. Jameis Winston didn't have any breathing room as the Packers' pressure managed to suffocate him for nearly four quarters. Not only did the Packers sack Winston seven times, Dean Lowry picked up a Winston fumble and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.

The seven sacks were the most the Packers had racked up in one game since 2015. Winston will probably be having nightmares about Clay Matthews after getting sacked 2.5 times by the Packers linebacker on Sunday.

though,It's a good thing that Rodgers might be coming back soon, because the Packers definitely aren't built to win games without their quarterback. The win over the Bucs marked the first time since 1991 that Green Bay won a game with 80 yards or less in the passing department. That's pre-Favre and pre-Rodgers. That's 25 years of being carried by your quarterback.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 13 matchup with the Green Bay Packers will be held at Lambeau Field, and will be the team’s second game in a row on the road. Here are three keys to the game to watch out for in this NFC showdown:

1. During last week’s matchup with the Falcons, Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber will serve as the primary beneficiaries of increased touches versus the Packers. Peyton Barber was especially effective in the red zone last week against Atlanta, Tampa Bay’s starting running back Doug Martin experienced an injury that caused him to enter concussion protocol. Due to his absence for tomorrow’s game, scoring two touchdowns for the Buccaneers and finding ways to avoid tackles. Barber in particular could be poised for a big game in Week 13.

Williams could also receive added carries against the Buccaneers this Sunday. For Tampa Bay to neutralize the Green Bay offense,2. Packers rookie running back Jamaal Williams has recently started to show flashes of brilliance,Authentic Corey Moore Jersey, the Buccaneer defensive line will need to generate pressure on backup signal caller Brett Hundley, and depending on the health of Aaron Jones, something it has struggled with all season. Plugging potential run holes for Williams to hit will also be a key factor in how Tampa Bay’s defensive line performs on Sunday.

3. Lastly, after compiling just 170 total yards and zero touchdowns in his last two games after being suspended. With Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston set to play for the first time in three weeks tomorrow as well, Tampa Bay’s stud wideout Mike Evans is long overdue for a huge game, the pair’s connection should be revitalized after being disconnected for an extended period of time. Look for Evans to get right back on track and play a big role in the team’s offensive game plan against the Packers.

Todd Bowles is a man of few words in public, never one to be the life of the party or a quotable media darling.

The New York Jets coach has won over his players for that very reason. It's the stuff that no one else sees that has his squad professing loyalty to the man leading the way.

"As a man, I love him, as a player," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said. "I'd run through a wall for him. I've only been here a year and I love everything about him.

"That's my coach."

in Todd,Yes, they trust.

bland and unemotional. On the sideline,During his news conferences, some fans wish they'd see more fire, Bowles comes across as dry, particularly when things aren't going the Jets' way.

however,That, isn't who Bowles is.

handles his business behind closed doors. He saves his yelling — and,The 54-year-old coach, yes, who's in his third season with the Jets and has one year left on his contract, he does quite a bit of it — for when he's out of earshot of the media. He treats his players like family and preaches team unity above all else.

"He's an outgoing guy,Authentic Joel Heath Jersey," said cornerback Morris Claiborne, Authentic D.J. Reader Jersey,but he's never too high and never too down, in his first season with the Jets. "He's a straight shooter."

That approach has helped lead New York to a 5-7 mark that has surprised just about everyone outside of the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

"One Team,Authentic Stephen Anderson Jersey,Speaking of which, One Goal, Bowles made a point during the offseason to hammer home his vision by displaying motivational messages throughout redecorated halls to serve as constant reminders to his players. The entire franchise also adopted his," slogan.

the playoffs are still only a slight possibility,Authentic Jeff Allen Jersey,Sure, but the fact they're playing meaningful games in December is a credit to the work Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan have done over the last several months to turn a team that many thought would be laughable into a squad that is respectable.

"That's all noise, she-said," nose tackle Steve McLendon said. "At the end of the day, all he-said,Womens Andre Hal Jersey, we're the ones playing, not the ones saying that we're going to go 0-16 or whatever they were saying. It's not about them. It's completely about every one of us in that locker room who's putting on that uniform each and every week to go out there and compete for a win."

The Jets have been competitive just about every week this season. And that is a direct reflection on Bowles.

something not easily done when the odds seem so stacked. Up until a wild 38-31 win on Sunday against Kansas City,He has gotten this group to play hard, New York had lost five of its last six and blown fourth-quarter leads in three of those defeats. That's enough to sink a team and put a coach who's already on the hot seat right into the fire.

But this Jets squad has been a study in resilience.

" said 38-year-old quarterback Josh McCown,Authentic Andre Hal Jersey,"It's hard not to give him the credit and I think he's done a heck of a job with our group, who's having the best season of his career. "His message has been the same week in and week out. And it's a reflection of him as far as just the mental toughness to go through the changes that we went through in the offseason.

he never wavered,Womens Stephen Anderson Jersey,"He was steady. His message never changed, he never complained. I think that was huge for us and I think that kind of steadiness for us is bearing fruit right now."
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