Friday December 18th, 2015

By Justin Lee, Chat Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ playoff hopes are all but dashed after a 31–23 road loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night. Now 6–8 and 2 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks for the two NFC wild-card spots, the Bucs tied a season low with three points in the first half against the Rams.

Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston passed for just 49 yards in the game’s first thirty minutes, his worst first-half performance in 2015. He did, however, finish the game with a career-high 363 yards passing.

St. Louis improved to 6–8 with the win, behind a strong effort from quarterback Case Keenum. The journeyman signal caller finished 14 of 17 passing for 234 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Both St. Louis and Tampa Bay need a loss by either the Seahawks or Vikings in Week 15 to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Check out the last NFL news and rumors below.

• Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is not in danger of being fired, reports’s Ian Rapoport.

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• Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is “not ready to give up” on continuing his NFL career, he said on the Dan Patrick Show.

• Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined for three plays, a hit on Ben Roethlisberger and two unnecessary roughness calls, during his team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 14, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• The family of former NFL player Dave Duerson believes his portrayal in Concussion paints him in an inaccurate and unfair light, reports The New York Times’ Ken Belson.

• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a “warning letter” to Missouri governor Jay Nixon and the St. Louis stadium task force, indicating that a reported $100 million increase to the leagues’ $200 million contribution limit on new stadium financing has not been authorized, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Sam Farmer.

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• The injured foot of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been bothering him since before training camp, his father, Archie Manning, told WDSU-TV in New Orleans.

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