Buccaneers’ Struggling Offense No Threat To Patriots

September 17, 2013 12:00 PM
Buccaneers’ Struggling Offense No Threat To Patriots
By Gregory Hunt

" For the first time this year, the New England Patriots will be facing a veteran quarterback in Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman when the teams meet at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon for Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season. However, the fifth-year player from Kansas State is playing more like a rookie, with his current passer rating of 63.0 being the worst of his career since the 59.8 rating of his rookie season in 2009.

Josh Freeman (Credit, Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Season Record

The Buccaneers come into this game with an 0-2 record, but although the Patriots are 2-0, both teams have had remarkably similar seasons; like the Patriots, the Buccaneers have played a pair of close games in which neither offense was able to put up very many points. Last year, Tampa Bay missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record. The Buccaneers trail the Patriots 2-5 in the all-time regular season series, which dates back to Tampa Bay’s inaugural season in 1976. The teams last met in the regular season in 2009, when Tampa Bay lost to New England 35-7 at London’s Wembley Stadium "

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