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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 am

Jaws' pick

New England at Tampa Bay

Time: 8:25 p.m. today (CBS, NFL Network)

Records: Patriots 2-2; Buccaneers 2-1

The skinny: New England's defense is ranked 31st in the NFL giving up 32 points per game. The Patriots also rank last in total defense (456.8 yards per game) and pass defense (324 ypg). Tampa Bay has numerous weapons on offense (QB Jameis Winston, receiver Mike Evans) and a national audience watching. New England doesn't often lose back-to-back games, going 43-6 in regular-season games following a loss. As a starter, Brady is 43-10 in games following a loss. The pattern holds.

Prediction: Patriots 30-27

Last week: 9-7; Season: 40-23

– Mark Jaworski, The Journal Gazette