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Patriots hold off Bucs for a 19-14 win

07 October 2017

Take it from Belichick himself, the New England defense did the one thing that matters most - "You got a chance to win giving up 14 points". If it had been a two-point game, the Buccaneers could have tried a winning field goal on their final drive, rather than running out of clock at the Patriots' 19-yard line. As more and more teams develop shutdown cornerbacks on the outside, the counter is to have slot guys who run routes away from those stoppers on the inside of the field. New England Patriots: $550 to win $500: The New England Patriots are almost a touchdown betting favorite tonight at Tampa Bay, and for no good reason other than it's the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. However, he is questionable for this upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Patriots are giving six, which seems like an terrible lot considering their defensive struggles.

Primarily because the New England Patriots are averaging 32 points a game, ranking second in the league.

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Making things more hard for the Pats will be the absence of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was declared inactive before the game. Allen and Hollister didn't produce anything on offense. "Communicating better, went out there and played with good confidence". Due to this, the health of Gronkowski will be a situation to monitor going forward. Each caught eight passes with Amendola going for 77 yards while Hogan had 74 receiving yards and the score.

Through four games, Gronkowski has 20 receptions for 318 yards and two touchdowns. Tonight was no different.

Winston had his moments, particularly an 18-yard touchdown throw to tight end Cameron Brate that he somehow squeezed past the smothering coverage of Patriots safety Patrick Chung.

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Will the Buccaneers make it two straight NFC South teams to defeat Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Pats? One particular series comes to mind. The first two, from 56 and 49, both long enough to not be obvious makes, were about as wide as can be. That was immediately followed up by another roughing the passer call, this time by newcomer Cassius Marsh.

How do you gauge just how much improvement we saw Thursday night when the Buccaneers were all to eager to help their opponents? The Bucs are lackluster on the ground, and middle of the pack in points scored/against, but have a unsafe aerial attack led by quarterback Jameis Winston. Most importantly, a lot of those plays came on third down. As a starter, Brady is 43-10 in games following a loss. Where the Bucs have really killed bettors is at home, where the team is just 22-46-1 at the betting window in their last 69 games at Raymond James Stadium.

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