New England Patriots v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers projections and predictions


While these two teams have historically seen their totals go UNDER when they match up, each of New England's last eight games has gone OVER the posted total.

WARWICK, Rhode Island - The New England Patriots are celebrating the inaugural flight of their very own Boeing 767. Now, he is coming off a four-game suspension dating back to last season.

BOUNCING BACK: Facing the Patriots after a loss has not been an enviable proposition for opponents during the Belichick and Brady era.

The Bucs found a running game vs. the Giants behind Jacquizz Rodgers, who averaged 5.6 yards per carry and had a 32-yard run. He leads a unit that's been a model of consistency, scoring at least 27 points in each contest. And that would be even more impressive if the Patriots defense were not also giving up a league-high 456.8 yards per game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Doug Martin on Monday, which required a complementary move to keep the regular-season roster at 53 players.

Some might say the team needs more urgency, but Tom Brady noted there is always urgency inside the walls of Gillette Stadium. The Tampa Bay Bucs' receiver is on the exact same pace this year but barely cracks the top five most-targeted receivers through Week 4. Brady averaged 3,400 yards with 46 TD passes and 26 interceptions. "They have a great coach, a great quarterback, a great defense".

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Alex Smith, Drew Brees, Deshaun Watson and Cam Newton have all put up big numbers against New England this season. For the third straight week, Tom Brady will be going up against one of the young rising stars in the league as he battles Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. Koetter knows the Patriots aren't playing well on defense, but he doesn't expect that to continue. While the Pats' corners are supposed to be good 1-on-1, they are allowing a quarterback rating of 122.6 while in man coverage this season.

Brady is off to another huge individual start with a 66.5 completion percentage, 10 touchdowns, no interceptions and 1,399 yards in four games. The Patriots have been bad defensively.

Overall, Winston was 22-for-38 with 332 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants. Dating back to previous year, the Buccaneers are now 8-3 SU and 7-4 ATS over their last 11 games, including a 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS record at home. "That has to be your goal", said Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback.

The New England Patriots (2-2) are coming from a 33-30 loss to the cArolina Panthers. The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are 2-2 on the season. Prediction: New England 31-20.

If history means anything, Bill Belichick will eventually right the ship.