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Buccaneers vs Patriots: 4 matchups to watch for

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The Tampa Buccaneers will head to Foxborough Sunday to take on the New England Patriots.

The Bucs are coming off another last second loss, while the Patriots are coming off a 10 day break.

The Tampa Bay defense against the Patriots offense has all the making of another last second game.

Vincent Jackson vs Aqib Talib

- Talib is the best cover corner on the Patriots team, and Jackson is the best receiver on the Bucs. Freeman loves going to him, and Jackson is very talented and is likely to burn Talib at least once. The question is can Talib cover him the entire game without getting beat a lot? This match will be a great one to watch, the TOP WR in the game vs TOP Corner.

Mike Williams vs Alfonzo Dennard

- I think Mike Williams could be an X- Factor for the Bucs because he is the second target and a very capable counterpart to Jackson. Williams catches his fair share of deep passes and touchdowns, and if you do not have 2 good corners then your defense could be in trouble. You have to slow down Jackson and stop Williams to keep the Bucs at bay. Dennard will be tasked with Williams and I’m interested in seeing if he can stop him more times than not. If Dennard struggles then it could be the game.

Gerald McCoy vs. Logan Mankin

- McCoy is one of the best pass rushers on the Bucs stout defensive line. Mankin’s is one of the best linemen on the Pats and this will be a great battle to watch the entire game. McCoy has one sack, 3 QB hits, and 6 QB hurries. He dominated the lines of the Jets and Saints. The Patriots struggled to protect Brady against the Bills pass rush, but opened up running holes. Against the Jets they struggled to open up the run but did a good job in protecting Brady so it will be interesting to see who will win this match.

Adrian Clayborn vs. Nate Solder
- Clayborn has one sack, two quarterback hits and five hurries. Solder has allowed zero sacks, zero quarterback hits and six hurries. This will be a huge matchup in the game. Clayborn is the guy who caused Brady to get a bruised knee in practice during the Pats training camp. Clayborn is a 6’3, 280 pounds handful for any team to deal with, but Solder is one of the better offensive linemen in the league and is hard to handle himself. They match up well on paper. Brady needs his offensive linemen to give him time against the Bucs secondary.

 


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