Pats Look To Move Past Loss On Road Vs. Bucs

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Thursday Night Football Prediction, Odds

SERIES HISTORY: 9th regular-season meeting. Yeah, he's taking too many hits - 13 sacks, 26 more hits - but he's standing in and completing 66.5 percent of his passes. New England is allowing teams to score 32 points per game.

Patriots notes: New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL with 1,399 pasing yards, ties for the league lead with 10 passing touchdowns and ranks second in the NFL with a 116.6 passer rating.

Offensively, the Buccaneers are averaging 23.0 points and 326.5 total yards (255.0 in passing and 71.5 in rushing) per game.

Not many of us expected the Patriots to be.500 at this point in the season, but they've had their struggles. There's going to be games this year where we do don't well on offense and we're going to need our defense to play well. It's Jameis Winston's turn Thursday night as the quarterback takes on the NFL's worst defense. The best way to do that is to control the clock by running the ball effectively.

Not even Bucs Head Coach Dirk Koetter, who sat down with News Channel 8's Dan Lucas in his weekly "Koetter's Korner" interview.

Tampa Bay could use a win to keep pace with the Panthers and Falcons in the NFC South, because the schedule gets insane for the Bucs after this game. To do that, the Bucs must remain committed to running the football. Most importantly, this line suggests that if the game were played in Foxborough, the Bucs would be a double-digit underdog.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a late addition to the team's injury report for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he is questionable with a thigh injury. Martin will have fresh legs, but look for him to split the workload with Rodgers.

Can the Patriots fix their defense on a short week? They can play any personnel group. We are about to see what they're made of, and I wouldn't recommend betting against them. They've always been able to adjust. Buckner and Armstead are tipped to become upgrades for the Patriots on the defensive end, while Garoppolo will give the 49ers a signal caller who can immediately make an impact for the team. This may come down to the team with the ball last, but I'll take the better QB any given Sunday.

-Patriots WR Brandin Cooks vs. Bucs CB Brent Grimes.

The Patriots have been here before: four other 2-2 starts in the Bill Belichick-Brady era, twice winning a Super Bowl (2003 and 2014). Even though it is only Week 5, the Patriots are certainly feeling the pressure of a slow start to the season.