Brady's 303 yards help Pats escape Bucs

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick left and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia use a tablet device on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday Dec. 20 2015 in Foxborough Mass. (AP Phot

Brady's 303 yards help Pats escape Bucs

Hopefully, the Patriots will be able to fix the defensive issues and get back in the win column on Thursday.

According to NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano, New England are on pace to shatter a modern NFL record for most yards allowed by a defense, which is now held by the 2012 Saints with 7,046 total yards allowed.

We all know what Tom Brady is capable of, regardless of who he's throwing the ball to, so fans should be expecting a high-scoring affair at Raymond James Stadium tonight. Folk did make both of his extra points, but it'd be surprising to see him attempt another kick with the Bucs this season.

Tampa Bay took a 7-3 lead with 8:26 remaining in the half, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from Doug Martin, back in action after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Throw in a possible big play from deep threat wideout DeSean Jackson and they could put up big numbers. New England improves to 3-2 on the year, while Tampa Bay falls to 2-2 on the season. If they can hang around, the Bucs close with three of four at home, but will it be too late?

Between the 2012-13 seasons, he missed 13 regular-season games. On their first drive against the Texans, Brady marched the Pats down the field 51 yards on seven plays, culminated with a Rob Gronkowski five-yard TD reception. They didn't do much with it, of course, but the result of that foul was that when possession was finally exchanged, Brady's offense was again backed up to its 6-yard line.

"It's not like they're just going to allow people to get yards on them". It ended up being the difference in the Bucs going for a touchdown instead of a field goal at the end of the game in what was a 19-14 loss.

Saying they were weren't as bad as they'd been is not the same as saying they were good, or even appreciably better.

Though Tampa would score after forcing a punt and Winston finding Cameron Brate, they were trailing 16-14 still thanks to Folk's shortcomings. Brady was out of sync against Kansas City but has rebounded well to become the league's leader in touchdowns and passing yards with 10 and 1,399, respectively. They still got the win as Brady tied Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the most regular-season victories by a quarterback with his 186th career win.

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