February 24, 2018

Patriots Team Grades: Somehow, Some Way…The Defense Defeats The Buccaneers

07 October 2017, 03:55 | Randolph Howard

Rob Gronkowski makes a catch against the Houston Texans

Rob Gronkowski makes a catch against the Houston Texans

Regardless though, with their win tonight, Brady is now tied with Peyton Manning for the most regular season wins in National Football League history (186).

Due to New England's postseason success, Brady already holds the record for most overall wins, so this will likely just be another accolade to be tossed on the ever-growing pile of Tom Brady superlatives. Most expect them to be contenders by season's end, so it is fortunate for the Bucs to be playing them early in the season.

The Patriots are teetering on 2-2 after a slightly disappointing start to the new season. To rub more salt in the wound for Tampa Bay, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski made all four of his field-goal attempts, including two from at least 45 yards out. The touchdown catch was Hogan's fifth of the season.

"It has been a bad week", said Folk, who has made 80.3 percent of his career field-goal attempts.

It might not have come down to a last-minute drive if not for another poor performance by Tampa Bay's Nick Folk. "As I get older, too, I just see the difference, too".

"I would expect those (defensive) issues would all be taken care of by Thursday night", Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.

Raiders lose QB Carr for 2-6 weeks
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch wore a shirt that read "EVERYBODY VS TRUMP" as he arrived at his team's game Sunday. Luckily, Denver's defense came through in the last two minutes with a big turnover to seal the victory for Denver, 16-10.

Start of the second half and the Patriots strike first with a 45-yard field goal by Gostkowski making it 16-7 Patriots.

Tampa Bay is allowing the second-most passing yards per game this season.

Will the Buccaneers make it two straight NFC South teams to defeat Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Pats? Brady finished with 303 yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception, but most impressively he completed 75% of his 40 throws. Also, the game will be streamed via Amazon for Amazon Prime members.

He is now 5-0 all-time against the Buccaneers. Every time he's out there, you feel good about what may happen if the ball is headed towards him, and he always comes up big in the biggest moments or biggest games. "He came back, the one day we kicked in practice (before the New England game), he kicked very well".

Quite frankly, there is no amount of magic water or avocado ice cream that will prevent TB12 from taking that one hit that takes him out of a game, or the season. He is unguardable like no other tight end to ever play the game. As of now, the team has plenty of time till their next game against the New York Jets for Sunday, Oct. 15th. The match is scheduled at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Once he does that, New England's defense will go from horrifying to average.

Before we do though, here's some individual winners and losers from the Bucs in their team loss to the Patriots. "They've always been a hard team to prepare for".

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