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New England Patriots Week 4 Game Release

GAME SUMMARY
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2) VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1)
Sunday, October 3, 2021 • Gillette Stadium (65,878) • 8:20 p.m. ET

The New England Patriots will play their second straight game against an NFC South opponent when they host the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a nationally-televised Sunday Night Football matchup. Last week, the Patriots hosted New Orleans in a 28-13 loss. The Patriots are an NFL-best 59-18 (.766) against the NFC since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time

 

GOOD IN OCTOBER
The Patriots are an NFL-best 65-21 in the month of October since the 2000 season. The Patriots are 36-8 (.818) at home during that time.

MOST WINS IN OCTOBER SINCE 2000
Team W L T Pct.
New England 65 21 0 .756
Pittsburgh 58 22 0 .725
New Orleans 57 25 0 .695
Indianapolis 49 31 0 .613
Green Bay 48 28 0 .632
Kansas City 48 35 0 .578

 

SERIES HISTORY
The Patriots and Buccaneers will meet in a regular season game for the 10th time overall and for the first time since the 2017 season when New England beat Tampa Bay, 19-14, on Thursday Night Football on Oct. 5, 2017.

The Patriots are 7-2 against the Buccaneers all-time in the regular-season. Head coach Bill Belichick’s first game as head coach of the Patriots came against Tampa Bay on Sept. 3, 2000. Tampa Bay claimed a 21-16 victory in that game, but the Patriots have won seven of the nine total games in the regular season series, which dates back to 1976, the first year of existence for the Buccaneers franchise. New England won the first three games in the series from 1976-88. Tampa Bay claimed the next two meetings, before a Patriots 28-0 shutout victory in a meeting between the two teams in 2005 got the Patriots back on the winning side.

The Patriots beat the Buccaneers in 1988 and then went 17 years before their next win against the Buccaneers in 2005. The 17-year victory gap is the second longest for the Patriots, trailing only a 33-year win drought against the Washington Football Team, which lasted from 1973-2006.

 

SERIES BREAKDOWN
Home Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Foxboro Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Gillette Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0
Away Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Tampa/Houlihan’s Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Raymond James Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0
Played in London’s Wembley Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0
Total Points in Regular Season Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201-107
Largest Margin of Victory . . . . . . . . 28 pts (12/17/05 and 10/25/09)
Largest Margin of Defeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 pts (11/16/97)
Longest Win Streak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 games (2005-17)
Bill Belichick vs. Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . . . 5-1 (4-1 with New England)

 

IF THE PATRIOTS WIN…
• And a player eclipses 100 yards rushing, the team will improve to 54-4 since the 2000 regular season when a player rushes for at  least 100 yards.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR…
• The New England Patriots own a 59-18 (.766) record vs. NFC teams since realignment in 2002, the best inter-conference record in the NFL during that time.
• The Patriots have gone 89 straight games (regular and postseason) scoring in the first half, an NFL record. The Patriots also own the second-longest streak at 82 games with a first-half score (2006-11). The last time the Patriots failed to score in the first half was a 16-0 loss at home against Buffalo on Oct. 2, 2016.

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