Rob Gronkowski questionable for New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski questionable for New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski questionable for New England Patriots

Conversely, the Buccaneers defense got off to a strong start as the first drive of the game saw Buccaneers rookie safety Justin Evans, making his first ever National Football League start, intercept Tom Brady to give Tampa Bay the ball back immediately. Tampa Bay would take the lead two possessions later with a Doug Martin touchdown dive.

The Patriots' star tight end was a late addition to the team's injury report Wednesday and had been listed as questionable for the game.

It might not have come down to a last-second drive if not for another poor performance by Bucs kicker Nick Folk. But they are not without their issues on defense.

Winston and the Buccaneers could also not exploit a New England defence that came in ranked last in almost every statistical category.

Tampa Bay had a final opportunity, driving to the Patriots 19-yard line with three seconds remaining before Winston threw an incompletion near the goal line on the game's final play.

He may have only three days, but Bill Belichick has to come up with something to stop the bleeding from his defense. On more than one occasion against the Panthers, New England's secondary got its signals crossed and it led to it allowing five pass plays of 24 or more yards.

And if the Patriots get a few other things tightened up defensively, they may reclaim their spot as favorites before long. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is more talented than Smith, more experienced than Watson, and more healthy than Newton - so one could easily make the case that this will be the Pats' toughest assignment to date.

Overall, Winston was 22-for-38 with 332 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants. Jameis Winston is playing well in his third season, and he could be poised for a huge game against a Patriots defense that has allowed 300 passing yards to every quarterback that they have faced so far. They were just facing a team that was appreciably worse at the art of offense.

For now, the Patriots can begin preparing for a Week 6 game against the New York Jets, which is also an important contest in the East. So far this season, Brady is actually airing it out more; he leads the National Football League with 41 pass attempts that traveled 15 yards or more in the air.

Things are really looking up in Tampa with questions now being asked in New England. The game can be watched on TV on the CBS and NFL Networks, or online through Amazon Prime Video, and live streaming (details below). This will be a close game, but Patriots win. Through three games, the Bucs have a grand total of one sack.

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