Takeaways from the Buccaneers loss to the Patriots on Thursday

Jameis Winston

It was far from a ideal effort for the Patriots in their 19-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night, but it was good enough, and coach Bill Belichick was grateful for that. Still, when all was said and done, Brady made just enough plays to earn the 186th regular season win of his career and break a tie with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre for the most all-time.

Things might not be as rosy for the Patriots defense as the final score suggests. The Patriots can most definitely thank Gostkowski. Because of that, Brady has held on to the ball longer at times to allow those routes to develop, which can also allow pressure to get home. While trying to lead a comeback, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston didn't look towards Evans which is a testament to the coverage of Gilmore. It was the first of his three misses in the contest.

Our Prediction: The Patriots defense has been horrendous.

Thus far into the season, both teams defenses have shown to be not up to standard and well below league average.

"It was a lot better", Malcolm Butler told reporters. Brady was famously a late-round pick after a largely unremarkable career at MI, while Winston was the best player in college football - and its top villain because of sexual assault allegations and immature stunts like yelling a vulgar phrase in the middle of campus and stealing crab legs. Going back to the basics, just playing good, complementary football. Chris Hogan simply has a knack for getting open all the time, adding 74 yards and a touchdown on eight grabs.

Brady, 40, had just finished his postgame news conference, and as he walked toward the team buses, the 23-year-old Winston was waiting for him. "We have an explosive team, we had a bunch of explosives in the fourth quarter, we had nine for the game, but we also missed a couple that could have possibly turned the game around". If you were looking for bunch formations from the Bucs receivers, you were disappointed.

Coming into this matchup, the thought was that the Patriots and Buccaneers would be putting on an offensive showcase.

-SPECIAL TEAMS: F - No matter how good P Bryan Anger was, K Nick Folk was bad, missing three more field goals. When Tampa punted again, it seemed like they could fall well behind. Facing another three-man rush, the Bucs decided, for some reason, to throw the ball to rookie tight O.J. That one wasn't as concerning as his misses from 49 and 31 yards - kicks that a guy like him should make in his sleep.

Prior to last night's game taking place, according to NFL Research, the Patriots were 11-0 without the 28-year-old in their lineup since the start of 2016.

"It's a little scary especially big events like this you don't know what's going to happen", said Patriots fan Amy Hayden.

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