The Patriots also own the NFL's top offense with the Buccaneers ranking ninth overall. They've allowed each of the four quarterbacks they faced this year to throw for 300-plus yards this season and have allowed 33-plus points in three of their first four games.
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower said it's mostly about the small details.
Winston completed 26 of 46 passes for 334 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the Patriots. The Bucs are lackluster on the ground, and middle of the pack in points scored/against, but have a unsafe aerial attack led by quarterback Jameis Winston. The latest three matches have been consecutive wins. That's how big of a mess their kicking game has been the last two years, and it's been the difference in several games.
The Patriots, especially with Bill Belichick at the helm, have been a very disciplined team. It was a rather odd game to see as many saw both offenses likely to play strong tonight. "Communicating better, went out there and played with good confidence".
"This team has never been about 'Hey, what are you guys doing wrong?' We just focus on what we need to do". Tampa's offense now ranks ninth overall in the NFL. Chris Hogan simply has a knack for getting open all the time, adding 74 yards and a touchdown on eight grabs. Brady finished the night with 303 yards passing and one touchdown while Brandin Cooks (five receptions for 85 yards) was his primary target. The 31-yard chip shot he missed in the fourth quarter that would have made it a one-score game with plenty of time remaining was particularly devastating. They know that they should be 3-1 and tied for first place in the NFC South instead of being 2-2.
They were not, however, as multiple people stepped up to help cover up where the Patriots had some deficiencies. Thats four weeks in a row for a defense, that also was efficient enough to force the Buccaneers to attempt a trio of field goals, each unsuccessful.
Buccaneers: Begin stretch in which they'll play six of eight games on the road, visiting Arizona on October 15. Facing another three-man rush, the Bucs decided, for some reason, to throw the ball to rookie tight O.J. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, coming off a disastrous game in Week 4, matched up mostly against receiver Mike Evans and held him in check (five catches for 49 yards). They had a strong showing during the first half of the game, beating out Tampa Bay Buccaneers by less than a TD (13-7 by the first half). Both kickers have been quite terrible in all honesty, but Folk didn't do much to help his image Thursday night. They even added more weapons like O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin in the 2017 National Football League draft.
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