Rob Gronkowski (thigh) listed as questionable vs. Bucs
Oct 05 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Martin looked great in training camp, trust me I saw over 10 practices. The segment normally airs on Mondays on News Channel 8 at 6 p.m. during the regular season.
New England (2-2) enters the match searching for answers on defense, trying to avoid falling below.500 beyond the second week of a season for the first time since 2012.
"What's tough about them is, even though we haven't gone ourselves against New England a bunch of times, when you study them, they're an amoeba defense", Koetter said. Tampa Bay will have Chris Conte as an every-down safety, and Ward practiced in a limited capacity the last two days, leaving the door open he could still play. Still, with a short week of prep the veterans have the edge here and that bodes well for New England. "I'm for it." Martin has spent the last three weeks watching the Bucs' games at sports bars while staying in shape. New England has won the last three games by a combined score of 86-10. They've put up at least 30 points in eight of those games.
Injuries aside - see Rob Gronkowski on the injury list today as "questionable" with a thigh injury - the Patriots need to win in Tampa on Thursday night. What good that does is anyone's guess. In the first-ever AFC divisional round game to take place at night, quarterback Tom Brady took the field in chilly temperatures and heavy precipitation for his playoff debut. He's on pace for 5,596 yards, 40 touchdowns and no interceptions.
According to STATS, since the 1970 National Football League merger, it's the most points allowed in the first four games by a team that had the best scoring defense in the previous season.
The Buccaneers loved what Anger brought to their kicking game so much after signing him to a one-year deal in 2016 that they handed the veteran punter an extension just before the season ended.
QB Jameis Winston is still looking to get his timing down with the Buccaneers' speedy new wideout, but when he does Jackson should continue to be the NFL's best big-play receiver.
Overall, Winston was 22-for-38 with 332 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants. Tampa Bay will welcome Doug Martin back, after missing the last month due to suspension. And big plays have been a huge problem: Through four games, New England has allowed 17 plays of 25 yards or more, plus a 34-yard pass interference penalty.
Last week the Buccaneers defense produced absolutely zero sacks against the Giants.
Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick took some time to discuss the upcoming matchup. I'm not doing it. I just don't see it happening, not with Alexander and David both out again.
"We didn't have Woodson blocked, and really Tom should have read that and gotten rid of the ball", Belichick recalled.
"Thursday Night Football" oftentimes features a one-sided, lowing-scoring game, but there's a good chance that won't be the case in Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season.