Key Takeaways from Buccaneers vs. Patriots

Posted October 07, 2017

At halftime the Patriots were up 13-7 and they ended up securing a 19-14 victory, despite some questionable clock management at the end of the game.

Then it got even worse. Folk has missed five kicks in the last two weeks.

Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said after the game there will be no "rash decisions" regarding Folk.

The final impressive stat line somewhat belies the struggle Brady and the Patriots offense endured throughout the night against a game Bucs defense. "I've been a part of lot of teams that we didn't score many points but we won the game anyway, and there were games where we scored a lot of points and we got a win", Brady added. While Brady and his four weapons (James White, Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan) left many plays on the field, sometimes these are the types of games that defines a team.

As ESPN's Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss reported, Winston and Brady met up after the game, and while the Buccaneers quarterback didn't reveal fully what was said during the conversation, he did give some insight into it. "When the play is there, you can't miss opportunities". The running backs played good, Quizz [Rodgers] came in and he handled his load. "(Bill) told us to be aggressive and just play.

How do you gauge just how much improvement we saw Thursday night when the Buccaneers were all to eager to help their opponents? That ugly performance came on the heels of missing two field goals and an extra point last week.

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.

After some fits and starts, Brady got them far enough downfield for Gostkowski to deliver his third field goal of the night, but on their next series, Brady was sacked and fumbled, giving Tampa the ball at its 47. However, this time, chances look bleak for a champion team.

Our Prediction: The Patriots defense has been horrendous. Like the buccaneers of old, not the Buccaneers of Koetter.

Worst acts of stupidity: The Pats committed back-to-back roughing the passer penalties - by Deatrich Wise and Cassius Marsh - to allow the Buccaneers to get into field goal position at the end of the half, although Nick Folk did miss from 56 yards.

RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) was declared out of the Thursday night game in Tampa despite practicing all week and the end of the previous week on a limited basis.

For those wondering, Gronkowski was sideline with an injured thigh, but he should be ready togo again next week when the Pats (3-2) take on the New York Jets in NYC.