Buccaneers game grades: 2017 Week 5 loss to New England

Buccaneers game grades: 2017 Week 5 loss to New England

Buccaneers game grades: 2017 Week 5 loss to New England

On the flip side, they have the NFL's top offense. But both Tom Brady and Jameis Winston threw for over 300 yards and a trio of running backs (Dion Lewis, 53, Mike Gillislee, 52, and Doug Martin, 74) each had 50-plus yards rushing.

Thursday Night Football has gained notoriety for producing some less-than-stellar contests, and tonight's matchup between the Patriots and Buccaneers was no exception. Chris Hogan has been the main beneficiary, leading the team in targets (37) and receiving touchdowns (five).

Brady overcame an interception on the very first drive of the night to still finish 30 for 40 with 303 yards, including one stretch of 13 consecutive completions.

After New England kicked a field goal with 1:10 to play, Winston connected on completions of 24, 20 and 17 yards to get the Bucs down the field and in range for one throw to the end zone. Amendola had eight catches for 77 yards in the victory.

"Well, they have been playing nearly entirely man coverage, " coach Dirk Koetter said. Prior to the start of Tampa Bay's minicamp, he shared a photo on Instagram with the caption: "I'm thinking of a master plan..." "No one likes where we're at".

New England's pass rush problems were obvious to anyone with a spare two minutes to look over the depth chart. The next three weeks will be a good opportunity to build on this week's improvement.

No pressure. Despite being sacked 15 times already this year, Brady will likely have some time to pick out receivers.

The Patriots' D might consider sending thank-you notes to inaccurate Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (how many wide-open receivers can you miss?) and erratic kicker Nick Folk (it wouldn't be a surprise if the pink slip was waiting for him in his locker after the game). The match is scheduled at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The next closest team, the Indianapolis Colts, had been averaging 60.6 yards per game fewer than New England.

Since 2003, New England is 43-6 in regular-season games following a loss.

Glazer, whose family still runs the team, died in 2014 at the age of 85.

The Patriots came into town flaunting another Super Bowl ring, and accompanied by a strong contingent of road-warrior fans in nautical blue, red and silver trim.

He had not been listed on the injury report Monday or Tuesday.

One reason for the improved performance might center the coverages New England played Thursday night. DB Josh Robinson left the game in the first half with a concussion. "And we know we can't be a team like that, so I just think, with our backs against the wall, everybody just really looked in the mirror this week, came back ready and focused and wanted to play better and we did".

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