It’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots tonight on Sunday Night Football. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America. Tonight’s match-up will also be available via live stream on Peacock.
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Tom Brady returns to Foxborough for the first time since departing in 2020 and he needs just 68 yards in the air to break the record for the most passing yards in NFL history. Former Saints QB Drew Brees, who retired at the end of last season, currently owns the record with a total of 80,358 yards. If the Buccaneers beat the Patriots, Brady would also have a win against all 32 NFL teams. He would join Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks to tally a win against every NFL team as the starter.
The Buccaneers (2-1) are coming off a 34-24 loss against the Rams on Sunday at SoFi Stadium which snapped Tampa Bay’s 10-game winning streak dating back to week 12 of last season. Brady went 41-of-55 passing for 432 yards with a touchdown and ran a QB sneak for a 1-yard score. This was the first time in the regular season that he’s thrown for at least 400 yards with no interceptions, and lost. Brady will be without TE Rob Gronkowski for this matchup as his fellow former Patriot is dealing with fractured ribs and did not travel to New England.
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The New England Patriots dropped to 1-2 after losing 28-13 to the New Orleans Saints at home on Sunday. The team is now 0-2 at home for the first time in Gillette Stadium’s 19-year history. Rookie QB Mac Jones completed 30 of 51 pass attempts for 270 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. WR Kendrick Bourne led the team finishing with 96 yards on six catches with a touchdown. Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, the Patriots’ high-priced tight ends who are earning a guaranteed $56.25 million, have not been living up to their price tag. Smith finished with just one catch for 4 yards on 6 targets while Henry made 5 catches for 36 yards. When asked about his team’s performance, head coach Bill Belichick simply said: “There’s no magic sauce here. Just have to go back to work and do better.”
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How to watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots:
- Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
- When: Sunday, October 3
- Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
- TV Channel: NBC
- Stream live: Watch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App
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Week 4 Injury Report
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Injury Report
- No Rob Gronkowski at Thursday’s practice
- Antonio Brown activated from COVID-19 reserve list
- Buccaneers place Scotty Miller on injured reserve
- DB Carlton Davis injured in second quarter of SNF
New England Patriots Injury Report
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