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Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for real?

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Buccaneers are 3-1 and hosting the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The sudden winning in Tampa Bay has brought an understandable question: Are the Bucs for real?

I asked Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib that very question Wednesday at One Buccaneer Place.

“It’s not my first rodeo with, “Are you for real?’’ Talib said. “I went to Kansas.. I heard a lot of “are you for real?’’ I don’t know. We don’t play the game for people to think we’re for real. We play the game to go out there on Sunday and be for real on Sunday.’’

Speaking of Talib, I’ll have an extensive column up in a few hours on how he is emerging as one of the league’s top cornerbacks.