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Patriots 'D' shows sign of improvement in win over Bucs

07 Octobre 2017

While Bucs players will surely defend their teammate to the media, everyone in that locker room knows that their kicker is largely responsible for the loss to the Patriots (though Jameis Winston not playing well certainly didn't help things). "I missed him on a shot that could have been a touchdown". You got a chance to win giving up 14 points. You've got to execute. But if this is the best it gets, 2017 is going to be a long season. New England accumulated 108 penalty yards on 12 accepted penalty flags, and the team committed back-to-back roughing the passer penalties when the game otherwise would have gone to halftime.

"His ability to protect the football and take advantage of those opportunities when they are given to him is impeccable", he told reporters. But the Patriots didn't allow big chunk plays (except the 41-yard play to DeSean Jackson) and they held Tampa Bay to only 14 points. "We had a feeling they'd make some changes and they mixed their zone coverages a lot more tonight". After missing three field-goal attempts against the Giants last weekend, Bucs K Nick Folk's kicks somehow managed to look even worse on Thursday.

AT 2-2, the Bucs aren't dead, but they can't feel very good about how this played out.

Brady opened the game with four straight completions before throwing his first interception of the season, overthrowing a wide-open Hogan in the middle of the field to end a streak of 264 pass attempts without an interception. Howard (63 yards, 1 TD). We should've won that game 20-19.

Folk beat out Aguayo for the Bucs' kicking job in training camp after Aguayo went 22-of-31 on field goals and 32-of-34 on extra points past year. 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. Just keep swinging. I left points out there. Tampa Bay pulled within two late in the fourth quarter after Winston found tight end Cameron Brate in the end zone, but Gostkowski's 48-yarder with 59 seconds remaining essentially sealed a game that came down to the final play. That's the bottom line.

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Making things more hard for the Pats will be the absence of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was declared inactive before the game. He's also been a big part of Tampa Bay's re-emergence as a playoff contender since entering the league as the first overall pick in the 2015 draft. But, we'll bounce back. "He gave us punt returns, some catches and he blocked well". The defense played phenomenal. There were some hiccups, though, and it came in the form of the offensive line allowing three sacks of their leader.

Patriots 'D' shows sign of improvement in win over Bucs