What Jameis Winston said when he finally got to meet Tom Brady

Saturday, 07 Oct, 2017

When the game was over, Tom Brady's team came away with a 19-14 victory, and advanced to 3-2.

The Patriots, especially with Bill Belichick at the helm, have been a very disciplined team.

ST Matthew Slater (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday night's game versus the Buccaneers (2-1).

"It had to", McCourty said when asked why New England's defense came together on the short week, despite such a poor performance Sunday against the Panthers.

The Patriots have 2-3 months to figure out how to beat Pittsburgh's talented offense and Denver's awesome defense. Time was winding down in the third quarter, in a game that should not have been in doubt; the Bucs' offensive game plan looked like it had been designed not by Dirk Koetter but by his grandfather, whoever that man may be. "We had a feeling they'd make some changes and they mixed their zone coverages a lot more tonight".

The rushing attack for New England has had some issues this season - averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this season.

"I feel that same way about a lot of younger players, too", he said. Dropped passes lead to stalled drives, which leads to fewer points.

Nevertheless, the Patriots also have a good scoring talent. 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. We talk to the guys all the time about (how) a handful of plays make or break every game and you don't know when they're coming, and that was the same in this game. It's hard to consistently win games if a team loses the turnover battle.

Brady, playing without injured star tight end Rob Gronkowski (thigh), threw for 303 yards and one TD.

New England and Tampa Bay have given up a combined 851.1 total yards of offense per game.

Buccaneers: Played with three defensive starters — LBs Lavonte David (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (hamstring), and S Keith Tandy (hip). After almost shutting out Chicago in the opener, they have given up 57 points to Minnesota and the New York Giants in the last two games.

DB Brandon King (hamstring) is questionable for Thursday night's game versus Tampa Bay. They didn't do much with it, of course, but the result of that foul was that when possession was finally exchanged, Brady's offense was again backed up to its 6-yard line. "It was one of those games where you've got to do what you've got to do".

It's notable that the Patriots offense didn't fare much better, going just four-of-12 on third-down attempts on the night, marking a season low. While Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski went 4/4 in his field goal attempts (he made from 27, 23, 45 and 48) Folk had a bad night.

It helps a struggling defense when an opponent misses three field goals.