Patriots vs. Buccaneers: Highlights, game tracker and more
- Author: Julie Sanders Oct 06, 2017,
Oct 06, 2017, 12:07
They've allowed each of the four quarterbacks they faced this year to throw for 300-plus yards this season and have allowed 33-plus points in three of their first four games. Tampa Bay would take the lead two possessions later with a Doug Martin touchdown dive. They can play any personnel group, they can change from week-to-week, they can be in even-front one week, an odd-front next week, they will play dime the whole game.
It also didn't help that the kicking game was frightful, as Nick Folk missed all three of his field goal attempts, stifling the offense as it tried to get back in the game. "They have a great coach, a great quarterback, a great defense".
The Buccaneers are among the top points-per-game scorers in the National Football League, and good in beating defenses.
Raymond James Stadium opened in 1998, and the last time the Patriots played a regular-season game in Tampa was 1997 at Houlihan's Stadium.
He may have only three days, but Bill Belichick has to come up with something to stop the bleeding from his defense.
The Patriots offense would continue to chip away at the scoreboard, adding a 45-yard field goal in the third quarter and 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, in addition to overcoming 108 total penalty yards as well as two turnovers.
Stop us if you've heard this scenario before: The Patriots, coming off a loss at home in which they were favored by nine points, look to rebound on the road against an NFC South team. So it's a big challenge for our team: "short week, travel, playing a good team".
The Patriots held the third-year pro to 109 yards passing through three quarters.
The Patriots are teetering on 2-2 after a slightly disappointing start to the new season.
Tampa Bay rallied within striking distance on Jameis Winston's red-hot fourth quarter, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate with 2:09 remaining. Winston threw for 225 yards and his seventh TD of the season in the final 15 minutes.
Looking ahead, though, New England has to be sharper. Also, the game will be streamed via Amazon for Amazon Prime members. Until the defense gets things figured out, better to have the ball in Brady's hands.
After the short miss, Folk was seen with his head down, with a member of the Buccaneers' staff appearing to help cheer him up.