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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

JPP's Back, And Eli's Eager To Turn It Around

There's no room for complacency in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rejuvenated bid to turn themselves around, especially with Eli Manning and the first-place New York Giants headed to town.

The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback is coming off throwing a career-best six touchdown passes in a 52-49 loss that left his team with a .500 record. The Bucs' defense has been shaky — at best — during a stretch in which they've won two of three games to revive hopes for a resurgence under second-year coach Lovie Smith.

"This is when good football teams start elevating, start trending upward," Smith said. "Our team is doing that, and we need to, and there is no...