Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith has gone against Tom Brady four times - twice as an assistant coach with Jacksonville, and two more times as head coach in Atlanta.
WARWICK, Rhode Island - The New England Patriots are celebrating the inaugural flight of their very own Boeing 767.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Patriots off to 2-2 for second time in four seasons.
While it can throw out some all-time classics like the 13-9 Houston Texans victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of this season, TNF can also produce some bore-fests.
WHERE'S THE RUSH?: Tampa Bay has one sack through three games, none the past two weeks. The way Tampa Bay took advantage of a poor NY run defense Sunday, they should do the same Thursday night. Of course, the unofficial chart was released before the Buccaneers officially reinstated Doug Martin from suspension. Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was introduced to America in the season opener by rushing for 148 yards at Gillette Stadium. He already has two games over the 350-yard mark this season, with a season-high of 447 against New Orleans. The extra couple days between games will come in handy, because the Bucs lost their bye when their Week 1 game with Miami was moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma. Next week, the Buccaneers are at the Cardinals, followed by a trip to Buffalo. Fantasy Tip: Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, third in AFC with 318 receiving yards, has had at least 80 in past three games.
A 5 score game from TB12 would no surprise me at all here.
A loss drops New England to 2-3. Some of that maybe a function of trailing more than usual, but Brandin Cooks has definitely provided a deep threat New England has lacked since Randy Moss. He has 20 receptions for 307 yards, 2 TDs in past 2 Thursday games. Overcame two fourth-quarter deficits to beat NY.
BOUNCING BACK: Facing the Patriots after a loss has not been an enviable proposition for opponents during the Belichick and Brady era. They will have all eyes watching them, as people want to see them struggle.
Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward, who may be able to play this Thursday night against the Patriots depending on his hip, is one of those players that is completely against TNF taking place. Look for a fun football game on Thursday Night Football, which has been the norm so far this season. Jameis Winston is the guy for the Buccaneers, and if he does not turn the ball over - he is going to have a monster game, The final bet for this game is the home team - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5 over the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football. Get your 100% signup bonus today.