When Brady turned the ball over Thursday night - twice for the first time since the 2015 season - the Patriots' defense picked him up with stops.
For a unique talent like Gronkowski, it's not a simple matter of "next man up" for the Patriots. The Patriots can most definitely thank Gostkowski. "It's unfortunate we got the loss, but we nearly came back".
Like most things they do, the Patriots are meticulous when it comes to contingencies and emergency situations. While trying to lead a comeback, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston didn't look towards Evans which is a testament to the coverage of Gilmore. Unfortunately for the Bucs, a little pressure was enough. If Gronkowski misses this game that will be a huge lost for the Patriots to overcome. "I'm just going to learn from this and come back and get ready for the Cardinals".
The veteran kicker missed two field goals and an extra-point before beating the New York Giants on a last-second kick last week. The biggest mystery of the Patriots' struggling defense this year has been in the secondary, where there is talent - plenty of it. Good-to-great kickers can be found cheaply in free agency (even off the street frequently during camp or in-season), late in the draft, or with undrafted free agents. I think everyone was expecting a higher scoring game.
"It was a lot better", Malcolm Butler told reporters. Stephon Gilmore, the most maligned member of the Deltha O'Neal Tribute Quartet that was masquerading as an National Football League defensive backfield against the Panthers, appears to have achieved what we call Getting Your Act Together. "I've watched him since he's came in and he's got them going, so they're headed in the right direction", Brady said. The next closest team, the Indianapolis Colts, had been averaging 60.6 yards per game fewer than New England.
Winston went 26-for-46 with 334 yards and a touchdown in the loss, while Brady went 30-for-40 with 303 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception. Neither of the mistakes led to points for Tampa Bay (2-2), which was unable to do much offensively until the fourth quarter. The Bucs looked like what would happen if someone tried to make a creamsicle with a Bloody Mary mix.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Patriots. With time running out, the Patriots committed back-to-back roughing the passer penalties that gave Tampa Bay a chance to attempt a field goal.
The Patriots are a flawless 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games and have covered in six of their last seven games when facing an opponent that owns a winning record.
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