Free Week 4 Prediction: Buccaneers vs. Patriots NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 4
(2-1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots (1-2)
Date: Sunday, October 3rd, 2021
Time: 8:20 PM
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA.
NFL Week 3 ATS Betting Lines: Tampa Bay -7
NFL Week 3 Moneyline Odds: Tampa Bay -330 | New England +265
NFL Week 3 NFL Betting Total: O/U 49.5
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Tom Brady returns to Foxboro as his Buccaneers and the Patriots clash in Week 4’s Sunday nighter. It should be a wild night as the defending champs, some of whom won Super Bowls in New England as well, take on a Patriots team struggling to find itself in the post-Brady era.
The Bucs come into this one having lost last week to the Rams despite Brady passing for 432 yards. Meanwhile, the Patriots are 1-2 to start the year, and their one win was over the 0-3 New York Jets. This might be a marquee NFL matchup, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this will be a stellar football game.
While the drama is there on paper, there is a mismatch of talent between these two teams that might lead to a lack of drama on the field.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady returning to New England wearing a different logo on his helmet will remind any NFL fan of Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. Favre delivered in that game and there is little reason to think Brady will do any different. He’s shown no signs of slowing down at 44 so far this season and this would not be the game to start a decline.
He’s not the only former Patriot returning to Foxboro for this one. Both Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown will be highly motivated to perform against their former teams as well. Brady will be looking to get them involved early and often.
Brady will also head into this one just 68 yards from passing Drew Brees for the NFL’s all-time leading passer. Doing it at Foxboro, where he passed for the vast majority of those yards, should be interesting. How the fans respond to Brady breaking the record will be something to watch as well.
New England Patriots
Belichick always has a few tricks up his sleeve and it’ll be interesting to see what he has planned for Brady, Gronk, and other familiar faces now residing in the much warmer climate of Tampa Bay. There is a large disparity of talent between these two clubs, however, and likely too much of a gap between them for Bellichick’s game plan to overcome.
You sort of have to feel for Mac Jones here. New England fans will either be watching him or the greatest guy ever to play the position for them on almost every down. I don’t think it’s a comparison the rookie is ready to have made yet. Jones has been saying in the media that it’s just another game, but it’s not.
A poor result here is going to be something Pats fans are sour about all season long.
4* Free Week 3 NFL Betting Prediction: Tampa Bay -7
I like Tampa Bay against the spread here. There is little reason to believe the Pats will finish this game off within one score, or even make the game competitive. The Patriots have the second-best pass defense in the league but I can’t see them staying in that spot after Week 4.
I also don’t like Mac Jones’ likelihood of having a good game here. He came down to Earth last week and I’m expecting him to stay there at least for another week. I don’t think Rob Gronkowski or Antonio Brown will mind running up the score against their former team either, which makes picking them against the spread seem like the best move here.
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