New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted October 05, 2017

His numbers Thursday night could be his best of the season.

One promising development Tuesday had safety T.J. Ward practicing for the first time after missing Sunday's game with a hip injury.

If history means anything, Bill Belichick will eventually right the ship.

The Bucs have a top-10 offense and could have won more comfortably last week if not for two missed field goals and a missed PAT. What's tough about them is they're an amoeba defense. He's going to find every open receiver, and he's going to total over 350 yards in the air. Jackson has one 25-yard touchdown catch through three games - his 35th score of at least that length, the most in the National Football League since 2008 - but several other deep shots by the Bucs' passing attack have failed to connect. Can Bellichick fix the unit's woes with only three days of prep? The Patriots are throwing the ball down the field more than ever with Brady averaging more than nine yards per attempt. Detroit were fortunate to recover three fumbles from Minnesota, while Matt Stafford was sacked six times, a season high.

The ultimate meet and greet for Jameis Winston. Opponents have thrown 10 touchdowns and only one interception in such situations. Is there finger pointing among the New England players heading into Thursday nights game? There's going to be games this year where we do don't well on offense and we're going to need our defense to play well.

"They are the New England Patriots and represent all of our New England states", Craig said.

This offense is all about Tom Brady and what he can do. That's why five points are just too many to pass up.

After all, it's New England. Their 32.0 points per game allowed are second-worst in the NFL. "But we've got to be real with ourselves and know that this is a week-to-week league and know that teams are going to come back with a better plan", Winston said.

Tampa Bay will be in an all-red set at home. As they have done in the first four weeks, the Buccaneers leaned on 23 year-old quarterback Jameis Winston with Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin suspended.

I can see Tampa keeping this close and receiving nearly a touchdown at home seems a bit too much. They also stand 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings with the Buccaneers. If they let it slip away, they might regret it.

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"I don't like talking about me, but to get a chance to witness greatness in front of us with Tom Brady coming into town, it gets you pumped up", Winston added.