New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 things to watch

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 things to watch

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 things to watch

The Patriots are ranked last defensively and the Buccaneers are 30th. The Patriots have seen, and seemingly accomplished, everything. He threw an 18-yard TD pass to Cameron Brate to trim Tampa Bay's deficit to 16-14 with just over two minutes left, and almost led his team downfield to win after Stephen Gostkowski kicked his fourth field goal to put the Patriots up by five. Down 16-7, they declined to go for it on fourth-and-2 at the Patriots 31 and ended up missing a 49-yard kick, then did the same on fourth-and-goal at the 13 with 5:39 to go and again missed the kick, this time from 31. Many point to the Hightower injury as the minute the collapse started against Kansas City during the National Football League season opener. We're playing cover two. And the Bucs would- What am I'm supposed to take?

Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) looks on from the field during warm-ups before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. "Just play smart, be on the same page and not have mental errors". The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots came in with a pedestrian (for them) 2-2 record, and the Buccaneers, led by former Heisman Trophy victor Jameis Winston, look like a club with a bright future. Drew Brees. 2. Deshaun Watson. 1. After almost shutting out Chicago in the opener, they have given up 57 points to Minnesota and the New York Giants in the last two games. Where have you gone, Donald Igwebuike? The Bucs would probably give up a couple of first-round draft picks for him if Belichick asked Friday morning.

Here are five things to watch for in this interesting Thursday night game... He finished with 8 catches for 77 yards. Chris Hogan has been the main beneficiary, leading the team in targets (37) and receiving touchdowns (five). Rob Gronkowski is another player the Patriots can not afford to lose.

- He's on pace to get sacked 51 times, which will be 10 more than any other point in his career. "There's nothing I don't love about Danny Amendola". As for the total, the number hit the board at 53.5 but was bet up to 54.5.

Of course, Winston has a long ways to go until he reaches Brady's level. This has to stop. He was sacked 15 times all of last season, and behind the same line. A lot of points were left on the field and that is something that does not need to become a trend. Wide receivers who can not meld their minds to his.

It helps a struggling defense when an opponent misses three field goals.

Are the Bills a playoff team? James White is a heck of a receiver.

The Chiefs have the NFL's most balanced offense led by quarterback Alex Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

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