Buccaneers vs. Patriots: Takeaways from Tampa Bay's 23-3 Loss to New England

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Buccaneers vs. Patriots: Takeaways from Tampa Bay's 23-3 Loss to New England
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 0-3 on Sunday courtesy of a 23-3 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots. In doing so, they failed to put to bed any of the rumors or speculation that has surrounded the team in recent days.

Whether it's the players-only meeting called to discuss Greg Schiano's coaching style, as reported by Albert Breer of NFL.com, or it's drama surrounding speculated trade requests by quarterback Josh Freeman, as pointed out by Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, it's clear that the locker room in Tampa Bay is unsettled with the slow start to the season.

And dating back to last year, the Buccaneers are now 1-8 in their last nine games, rivaling the Jacksonville Jaguars for futility in the NFL.

So what can we take away from this defeat which almost certainly cements the Buccaneers as playoff outsiders in 2013? Let's start with the good news.

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