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I do think we have mature guys on our team. They might not be quite as experienced.I think whenever we think about bringing a player in here, we talk a lot about the makeup of the player. That has everything to do with who they are as a person and the kind of people they are, maybe as much as it has to do with the kind of player they are. I do think that even though we are inexperienced, I do think theres a sense of maturity. We value that. I think thats important in this league, going back to work the right way every day and then handling the different situations that come up.How teams react to adversity is a true measure of maturity. Look at the Cardinals, a team ravaged by injuries throughout the roster. Such key players as Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett and Carson Palmer, to touch only the top of the iceberg, have been sidelined.Yet Arizona shows no sign of panic, and its only defeats in a 9-2 season have been on the road to last Februarys Super Bowl participants.That stems from Bruce Arians, whose coaching acumen has turned a once-mediocre group into a force.You cant win enough games early, and you better win late he says. Thats why you play 16 of them. I think when you peak, you get momentum and you just ride it, and weve been riding it pretty good. We got knocked off the horse, so figure out why, get back on and lets go.That is exactly what a mature group does.Another team that is growing in stature and reliability is Green Bay. The Packers can be maddeningly inconsistent on the road and overwhelming at home. But they showed in last Sundays victory at Minnesota — often a depressing if short road trip for them — that they might have taken another big step.The league is about adjustments, Aaron Rodgers says. You have to be able to make adjustments within a game and at halftime. When you get out there you have to be able to react and trust the things you worked on in practice and done throughout the year.Yep, consistency is a key. Just look at the Patriots, who other than a select few led by Tom Brady have had a changing cast throughout their 14 seasons of success. But the approach remains the same.Elsewhere — look way down in the standings — comes evidence that maturity hasnt struck. So many of this seasons losing teams have no true identity.Or the identity they have isnt one they want.One place many felt that situation would change was Washington under new coach Jay Gruden. Yet, this weeks decision to bench Robert Griffin III for Colt McCoy further emphasizes a level of dysfunction in the nations capital that critics usually claim is the province of Capitol Hill.Another is Tampa Bay, where veteran Lovie Smith took over a floundering and maladjusted roster and locker room. A success in charge of the Bears and considered a players coach, Smith has had little positive effect on the standings or the performances by the Bucs.It got so bad recently that defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the teams best player, said: This is a very undisciplined team, probably the worst Ive ever been on as a unit.Perhaps the best example of a lack of maturity came in a weak teams win: The comical display by Raiders linebackers Sio Moore and Khalil Mack in the final moment of Oaklands only win, against Kansas City. The duo wildly celebrated a sack with an elaborate dance and handshake well behind the line of scrimmage — even though the Chiefs still had the ball. If not for defensive end Justin Tuck, a 10-year vet, calling a timeout, who knows if the Raiders would have gotten their first victory in more than a calendar year?I dont chuckle over it, no, no, no, interim coach Tony Sparano said. I dont chuckle over it. I can just imagine what the headline would be today, so I dont chuckle over it.That headline might well have been: Hey, Grow Up!___AP Sports Writers Josh Dubow, Bob Baum and Schuyler Dixon contributed to this story.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL [url=https://www.cheap76ers.com/]76ers Jerseys 2020[/url] . -- Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a major injury, Ryan Callahan had his first goal with Tampa Bay, and the Lightning beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 on Thursday night. 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Southampton dropped to fifth behind West Ham after its third straight loss against the teams it hopes to challenge for a top-four spot — Manchester City, Arsenal and United.Van Persie punished a wasteful performance from the home side, which created enough chances to win the game comfortably.He took advantage of a defensive blunder to put United ahead after 12 minutes, and went unmarked to meet Wayne Rooneys free kick at the far post to poke in the winner after Graziano Pelle had levelled for Southampton in the 31st.I dont think we played our best football today, Van Persie said. In the end, its a fifth straight victory. 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