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Tampa Bay middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (Oxford) missed his second straight game because of a hamstring injury. New England accumulated 108 penalty yards on 12 accepted penalty flags, and the team committed back-to-back roughing the passer penalties when the game otherwise would have gone to halftime. Folk is 6 for 11 on field goals and 7 for 9 on extra points through four games.
Repeated undisciplined play and mental errors hindered the Patriots and gave the Buccaneers new life, but Tampa Bay simply did not capitalize on the mistakes.
"It's part of the business".
After crumbling against Carolina Panthers in their Week 4 loss at home, the New England Patriots needed someone to step up and fix what had turned into one of the worst defensive messes in the past 20 years. "It's just part of the business". While the Patriots played mostly zone on Thursday night, Gilmore did limit the effectiveness of Evans, who had five catches for 49 yards.
Buccaneers notes: Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns with a 113 passer rating in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the New York Giants last week. It certainly wasn't a great showing as Tampa Bay still had more than 400 yards of total offense, but this was a much better game from the defense than what they've shown all season.
The coach had little to add about Folk's future on Friday, shrugging off a question about impending plans to work out other kickers. "I told him thank you, a lot".
Folk missed a 31-yard field-goal attempt with 5:36 remaining that would have cut New England's lead to 16-10.
"It's unfortunate because Nick won the job in training camp and he has been really solid in practice", Koetter said.
And with his 186th career regular-season win as a starter, the five-time Super Bowl champion tied Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most by a quarterback in National Football League history.
Franks was with the Miami Dolphins for the last two seasons, making 29 kicks in 37 attempts. The Patriots did not report any injuries during the game. I'd say it's probably nothing, but even a small fear that Brady is hurting is something.
"You're on top of it right away".
How do you gauge just how much improvement we saw Thursday night when the Buccaneers were all to eager to help their opponents?
The Patriots improved to 3-2, and the Buccaneers dropped to 2-2.