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Game Preview: Patriots vs Bucs In London

by Staff Report on October 24, 2009

A legend standing next to a legend in the making

A legend standing next to a legend in the making

New England leads the series 4-2, but Tampa Bay has won two of the last three meetings. The Buccaneers won, 21-16, at New England in the 2000 season opener. The Buccaneers also won, 27-7, in 1997 in Tampa. The first meeting between the two clubs was in the Bucs’ first season in 1976, a 31-14 New England win in Tampa. The Patriots also captured wins in 1985 (32-14 in Tampa), 1988 (10-7 in overtime in New England) and their last meeting in 2005 (28-0 in New England).

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 p.m. ET)
Site: Wembley Stadium – London (84,000)
2009 Records: Tampa Bay 0-6, New England 4-2
Network Television: CBS
Play-by-Play: Jim Nantz, Analyst: Phil Simms
National Radio: Westwood One Radio Sports
Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler, Analyst: Mark Malone
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost vs Carolina 28-21; New England beat Tennessee 59-0
Next Game: Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay (11/8); New England vs. Miami (11/8)

Key Match-Ups
Bucs DL vs Patriots OL
The Bucs defense is the medicine for which all teams seem to get healthy on. Pressure will be the name of the game come Sunday across the pond, if not it will be more like watching a Halloween Horror flick with three-d glasses on. If given time Brady will eat the Bucs young secondary alive.

Greg Olson vs Bill Belichick
Olson has abandoned the running game early an often in the teams zero-dash-six start, will he be out coached once again? Belichick is a noted grand master when it comes to game planning and in game adjustments, will this be the week Olson finally gets the most out of his game plan.

Bucs Secondary vs Patriots Passing Attack
Tom Brady’s coming off a six touchdown performance, and gets a full complement of weapons to spread the football around to. Just how much has the Bucs secondary grown since its early season dreadful showings. After showing marked improvement over the course of the teams last three contest will the young players continue to show gradual improvement or will they revert back to early funk form?

INJURY REPORT
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
OUT
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
T Matt Light (knee)
RB Sammy Morris (knee)
RB Fred Taylor (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE
CB Darius Butler (ankle)
C Dan Connolly (knee)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
PROBABLE
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
S Brandon Meriweather (foot)
WR Randy Moss (shoulder)
S James Sanders (shoulder).

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
QUESTIONABLE
WR Michael Clayton (hamstring)
RB Clifton Smith (concussion)
PROBABLE
DT Chris Hovan (ankle)
LB Barrett Ruud (elbow)
DT Ryan Sims (hand)
CB Aqib Talib (hamstring)

ENEMY COACHES
Patriots Head Coach:
Bill Belichick
Patriots Offensive Coordinator:
Bill Belichick
Patriots Defensive Coordinator:
Dean Pees
Patriots Special Teams Coach:
Scott O’Brien

STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall:
28th (277.7 ypg)
Rushing:
21st (99.5 ypg)
Passing:
22nd (178.2 ypg)
Sacks Allowed:
14th (12)
Points Scored:
27th (14.8 ppg)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall:
27th (370.2 ypg)
Rushing:
31st (171.7 ypg)
Passing:
11th (198.5 ypg)
Sacks:
23rd (10)
Points Allowed:
29th (28.0 ppg)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS OFFENSE
Overall:
4th (404.7 ypg)
Rushing:
13th (116.3 ypg)
Passing:
4th (288.3 ypg)
Sacks Allowed:
6th (7)
Points Scored:
7th (27.2 ppg)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS DEFENSE
Overall:
6th (293.3 ypg)
Rushing:
20th (112.8 ypg)
Passing:
6th (180.5 ypg)
Sacks:
23rd (10)
Points Allowed:
3rd (15.2 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.

PATRIOTS 37
BUCS 19

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