Takeaways From Tampa Bay

This past Thursday Tom Brady and the Patriots battled against Jameis Winston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a short-week matchup. Going into the game from last week, the Patriots had issues in the secondary against the Carolina Panthers, which left many fans worried and questioning how the team could succeed this season. The Patriots did prevail this week in a 19-14 victory, which once again was decided by the final play for the third time in as many weeks.

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Woes in Foxboro

Last Sunday brought dismay for folks in New England who support the Patriots. The team managed to keep it close until the last few moments, when Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal to close out the game with a win for the Panthers. The Patriots did a few things well, but overall looked sloppy on the field; a rare statement this well into the season. After a rough game against the Carolina Panthers, the Patriots will look to regroup quickly for a Thursday night matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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NFL Opening Day 2017

As the Patriots look to defend their title throughout the course of the season, the Chiefs are looking to get past the hump that they could call Divisional-Round exits. The Chiefs gameplan in the Andy Reid era has been consistent with ground-and-pound football; running the ball often and having wide receiver routes primarily as a second option. In the Andy Reid era, there has only been one 1,000 yard-receiving years from a Chiefs wide receiver (this excludes TE Travis Kelce who has multiple). This shows the likelihood of the Chiefs having a true vertical threat; little to none. As long as they have a plethora of solid running backs (Rookie Kareem Hunt, Charandrick West and vet CJ Spiller) paired with Travis Kelce, the offense will still be a threat.

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