Buccaneers vs. Patriots: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel up the East Coast to face the New England Patriots in Week 3, and this is a battle that could doom Tampa Bay's season before it ever had a chance to start.
The Buccaneers enter the contest with a 0-2 record, having lost close games to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints. Making matters worse are the rumblings about a star cornerback who reportedly isn't happy with head coach Greg Schiano.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, Darrelle Revis doesn't like Schiano's strict approach, and he's not happy about the lack of man coverage being utilized on defense.
Schiano's hard-nosed tactics may end up coming back to bite him—especially if Tampa Bay continues losing this year.
On the other side, Bill Belichick's Patriots have won both games so far, but the team hasn't played particularly well. Tom Brady is starting from scratch with a handful of untested receivers, and last week's performance against the Jets was about as ugly as we've ever seen from this team with him behind center.
Here's what you need to know about this upcoming contest.
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Bovada)
- Over/Under: 43.5 pts.
- Spread: New England (-7)
Buccaneers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Adrian Clayborn||DE||Hip||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Derek Landri||DT||Knee||Out (Definitely Will Not Play)||Out|
|Carl Nicks||G||Foot||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Mason Foster||LB||Toe||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Michael Adams||CB||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Rashaan Melvin||CB||Hamstring||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Tom Crabtree||TE||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Gabe Carimi||G||Illness||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Luke Stocker||TE||Hip||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
Patriots Injury Report (via NFL.com)
|Matt Slater||WR||Wrist||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Danny Amendola||WR||Groin||Limited Participation in Practice||Doubtful|
|Nate Ebner||S||Ankle||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Marquice Cole||CB||—||Did Not Participate In Practice||--|
|Zach Sudfeld||TE||Hamstring||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Rob Gronkowski||TE||Back||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Brandon Bolden||RB||Knee||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Will Svitek||T||Knee||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Leon Washington||RB||Thigh||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Dan Connolly||G||Finger||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
Can Josh Freeman Rediscover his 2010 Form?
When the Buccaneers drafted Mike Glennon this spring, it was widely speculated that he could challenge Freeman as the starting quarterback. Schiano has never embraced Freeman since he arrived last season, and the quarterback hasn't done a good job of proving his coach wrong.
Through two games this year, it's clear Freeman is playing for his job with the Bucs, and he is likely on a short leash. He has completed just 45.3 percent of his passes while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions.
But this is a guy who passed for 3,451 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2010.
Something isn't right.
There have even been rumors that Freeman would demand a trade, as noted by Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com recently tweeted there was "real tension" between the quarterback and Schiano:
On #Bucs coach Greg Schiano & QB Josh Freeman: There is a growing disconnect there, some real tension. Yet Bucs say "he's our starter."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2013
Somehow, some way, Freeman must shove aside the alleged turmoil going on when the Buccaneers hit the field at Gillette Stadium this Sunday. If he can't regain his focus and start playing like he's capable, then his team will lose the game and he could potentially lose his job.
The Patriots are struggling on offense, but it won't matter in this game.
The Buccaneers appear on the verge of a complete meltdown from the top down. Schiano's disciplinary tactics may have worked wonders for him at Rutgers, but grown men who are paid to do a job don't take well to that kind of leadership.
From a pure football standpoint, the Bucs are likely doomed, regardless.
Which team will win?
Given the way Tampa Bay has scratched and clawed in its first two games, nobody should expect a blowout, but the Patriots will win at home.
Patriots win 28-20
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