Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season officially kicks off tonight.
Tonight’s game features an interconference matchup between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are 2-2 while the Bucs are 2-1.
The Patriots have played a lot worse than expected. Prior to the season, there was talk of them going 19-0. They already have two losses and they needed a last-minute win at home to beat the Texans. New England’s defense has allowed the second most points in the NFL. To make matters worse, they’ll suddenly be without Rob Gronkowski in tonight’s game.
The Buccaneers blew out the Chicago Bears in Week 2 before then losing on the road in Minnesota to the Vikings. Then they came back home to beat the Giants in a close contest.
The Eagles don’t play any of these teams this year. But with the Bucs being in the same conference, it’s better if they lose. The consolation is that if the Pats lose, the draft pick the Eagles received for Eric Rowe will continue to get better.
Find everything you need to know about tonight's game below.
New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game time: 8:25 PM EST
Channel: NFL Network, CBS
Date: Thursday, October 5
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
Location: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa Bay, Florida
Amazon Prime members can stream this game online.
Patriots -5 (-105)
Buccaneers +5 (-115)
Over/under: 55.5 points
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