The Buccaneers will face the Patriots tomorrow at 1:00 EST.
The Bucs have lost 2 games in the final seconds and the Patriots have survived the final minutes of their first two games against division rivals.
This is an interesting matchup early on in the season for both teams. The Patriots offense is struggling and they will be facing a legit defense in the Bucs. The wide receivers for the Pats are about to find out what they are made of.
3 keys to victory
Stopping the Bucs receivers
– The Patriots secondary have looked strong through the first two games of the season but tomorrow they will be truly tested against two very good receivers. The Patriots defense has to continue stepping up until the Patriots offense finds their footing, and tomorrow will not be an easy task for the secondary. They will face Vincent Jackson, who in two games, has 12 receptions for 234 yards. Jackson is an excellent player and the second guy, Mike Williams is very good too. Williams is also a deep threat with potential to burn the defenses second corner. Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib will have their hands full tomorrow but it will also test just how strong this secondary is. The Patriots secondary must play a good game to help seal a win.
– Tom Brady and the receivers need to find rhythm tomorrow and someone besides Julian Edelman needs to step up. The Patriots will be without Danny Amendola for awhile so they need another wideout to step up to help Edelman. Kenbrell Thompkins or Aaron Dobson need to have a better game and hang onto the football, and Brady can’t lose faith in these guys yet. He will need them tomorrow. I believe Dobson is the key to the receivers having a better game tomorrow, and I have more faith in him than Thompkins. If New England wants to score more than 13 points then the receivers have to play their part.
Stopping the run
– The Patriots need to stop the run and make the Bucs one dimensional. The Patriots will cause the Buccaneers to continue to struggle on offense if they can put pressure on QB Josh Freeman to make the plays.