It Wasn't Pretty, But Patriots Escape With the Victory Against Buccaneers

Posted October 06, 2017

Jameis Winston threw for 334 yards and one touchdown without an interception, but most of that production came in the fourth quarter.

The Patriots defense is why they are only 2-2 on the season.

They are coming off a tough loss to the Carolina Panthers where they lost on a last-second field goal.

The Patriots are giving six, which seems like an very bad lot considering their defensive struggles. However, in Patriots vs Buccaneers it will take them more than 25 points to win.

The Pats were leaking oil late and the Bucs had a chance to steal it on the last play of the game, but a Jameis Winston seam pass intended for rookie tight end O.J. Howard was broken up by Cyrus Jones at the goal line. Brady is first player in league history to have 1,000-plus yards passing, at least 10 TD passes and zero interceptions through team's first four games in two seasons.

This has been an uneventful first month of the season for the Patriots who carry a 2-2 record into Raymond James Stadium on Thursday.

They are up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is a solid team with a good offense.

Those contributions were particularly big because the Patriots were without tight end Rob Gronkowski on Thursday because of a thigh bruise. The result was a solid bounce-back performance in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

This time, Folk missed a 56-yarder just before halftime, a 49-yarder on the second play of the fourth quarter and a 31-yarder that would have pulled the Bucs within six points with 5:36 remaining.

For now, the Patriots can begin preparing for a Week 6 game against the New York Jets, which is also an important contest in the East.

Asked what the defense did better, coach Bill Belichick didn't hesitate when he said, "Pretty much everything". That's why five points are just too many to pass up. Tom Brady tried to match him all the way throwing for 307 yards on his end, with scoring passes to Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola.

Yep, New England finds itself in the exact situation as it did in Week 2, when it regrouped after the Chiefs loss and won big at New Orleans. 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. "He's still getting better and better". It's also the 16th best "yards before close" average in a game this season among backs with 10-plus carries.