Bucs' kicking nightmare continues with three misses in loss to Patriots


However, things took a turn for the worst in recent hours. That's going to be a great moment to see one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game to line up against you in (Raymond James Stadium). "We're just pushing through, we really are". Yet, while Martin is expected to invigorate a rush attack averaging just 3.8 YPC, the combination of overall rust and a short week will likely result in a diminished workload Thursday night. But Brady was at the top of his list. Ward said the week off helped his recovery, and he'd know better about his chances to play Thursday after seeing how he felt after testing the hip in practice Tuesday. There is a big difference between getting flat-out beaten by an opponent that is better than you, but there is no excuse for missed tackles and blown coverages, which there were plenty of last Sunday. He should be an inspiration. As a result, the Patriots have just a 2-2 record.

Brady entered the National Football League in 2000 as a sixth-round draft choice out of MI. The Buccaneer offense is particularly strong, and all those who follow National Football League know it.

But for New England's porous defense, holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-14 was a step in the right direction. In the past that would have worked wonderfully against Tampa, since Mike Evans was the whole show in the passing game. Gostkowski then tacked on a 23-yard field goal with 40 seconds remaining in the half. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter diplomatically said on All Access. A struggling defense that surrenders more than 400 yards a game will have to contain Jameis Winston. Until the defense gets things figured out, better to have the ball in Brady's hands.

Will the Buccaneers make it two straight NFC South teams to defeat Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Pats? They're also winless at 0-4 against the number in their last five games played on Thursday night.

The Patriots and Buccaneers kick off at 7:25 p.m. CDT Thursday. Chris Hogan has stepped up well, but the Tampa Bay defense has been stout of late, though they might be hampered by an injured star LB Lavonte David. He completed all 10 of his throws in the second quarter, resulting in 100 yards and a touchdown, and he took advantage of Bucs linebackers attempting to hold their own against the Patriots running backs.