New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New England Patriots will pay a visit to Tampa Bay Thursday night to play the Buccaneers. The game will be the team’s second Thursday Night Football 2017 after opening the season at home against Kansas City. Besides Thanksgiving when the Patriots traveled to play on the road in 2000, 2002, 2010 and 2012, the Patriots have not played a road game on a Thursday since Oct. 18, 1990 at Miami. Tampa Bay is one of seven teams that QB Tom Brady is undefeated against. The others are: Atlanta (4-0), Chicago (4-0), Dallas (4-0), Detroit (4-0), Jacksonville (5-0) and Minnesota (4-0). Brady will play his first regular season game ever at Raymond James Stadium. The Patriots finished a perfect 8-0 on the road in 2016 and extended their road record to an NFL-best nine straight with a road win at New Orleans on Sept. 17. The Patriots and Buccaneers will meet in a regular season game for the ninth time overall and for the first time since the 2013 season when New England beat Tampa Bay, 23-3, on Sept. 22, 2013 at Gillette Stadium.The Patriots are 6-2 against the Buccaneers all-time in the regular-season. Head coach Bill Belichick’s first game as head coach of the Patriots came against Tampa Bay on Sept. 3, 2000. Tampa Bay claimed a 21-16 victory in that game, but the Patriots have won six of the eight total games in the regular season series, which dates back to 1976, the first year of existence for the Buccaneers franchise. New England won the first three games in the series from 1976-88. Tampa Bay claimed the next two meetings, before a Patriots 28-0 shutout victory in a meeting between the two teams in 2005 got the Patriots back on the winning side.