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Bucs' D bracing for another early season test

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 4:33 am •  Published: September 20, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cam Newton, Eli Manning and now Tony Romo.

September has been a challenging month for the young Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are trying to build a new identity on defense while facing a gantlet of some of the NFL's most prolific quarterbacks.

The Bucs contained the explosive Newton to beat Carolina in Week 1 and wilted against Manning and the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in a 41-34 loss last weekend. Up next is another stern test Sunday against Romo, who's been nearly flawless in three career games against Tampa Bay.

Romo is 3-0 against the Bucs and has completed 71 percent of his attempts for 908 yards, 11 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 144.8 passer rating.


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