TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay's resilience will be tested as the Buccaneers strive to rebound from the team's first loss in a month and remain in playoff contention.
Sunday's one-point loss to the Atlanta Falcons stopped a four-game winning streak, but was not nearly as costly as it could been because three other clubs pursuing what would be the second NFC wild-card position also hurt themselves with losses over the weekend.
Tampa Bay (6-5) remains tied with Seattle and Minnesota, one game ahead of New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, all at 5-6. If the playoffs started this week, the Seahawks would be the second wild card because of a better conference record.
For the second time in his career, Trea Turner has hit for the cycle against the Rockies. This time, he did it in Nats Park.
Turner started his day in the first inning with a solo shot to left-center to open the scoring for the Nationals. A fortunate bounce yielded an infield single in the second inning, and he smashed a liner into the right-field corner in the fifth. A double for most players, Turner's trademark speed enabled him to stretch it into a triple.
With a comfortable 8-0 lead in the seventh, Turner sent a 98 mph fastball into the gap in right-center field, completing the cycle and capping off an incredible night for the Nats.
Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season, and the 27th since 1908 to do it multiple times in his career.
In case you haven't heard, eight-year NFL veteran Mark Sanchez called it a career on Tuesday. He'll move on to television, working with ESPN as a college football analyst.
Former Redskins teammate, albeit briefly, Josh Norman shared his congratulations on Twitter.
According to our records, this is the first Josh Norman Broadcasting Bootcamp attendee to make the jump to ESPN. He is also the only attendee according to our records.
Last season Sanchez played two games in Washington before he suffered a season-ending injury.
As comical as it was at times to see 'the Sanchize' on the field, he's due to be as entertaining in the booth. As evidenced in the video he has no issue poking fun at himself. Moving to college football goes back to where he had a majority of his success on the gridiron.
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