Nick Folk after close loss to Patriots: 'This one's on me'

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Brandon Bolden was called for encroachment on a Tampa punt on fourth-and-two, another opportunity the Buccaneers failed to take advantage of.

The prep for the early days of Fall by blowing their marquee close-up. Alan Branch didn't make the trip to Tampa, which makes one wonder if his time in a Patriots' uniform is coming to an end. Nick Folk missed three field goals (after missing two FGs and an extra point Sunday) and will probably be ex-Bucs kicker Nick Folk by Friday afternoon. When Aguayo flamed out in the preseason, the Bucs cut him on national television, handing the job to Folk.

"I thought that High [Hightower] and McCourty really gave us some great leadership defensively with our preparation", Belichick said according to Ryan Hannable of WEEI in Boston. He also gained 11 yards on three rushes, fumbled twice and recovered a fumble. I'm happy the way we fought, we battled, we never gave up.

We'll have up-to-the-minute scoring and stats here throughout the game.

The Buccaneers are hosting the New England Patriots at 8:25 p.m. on Thursday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium. If only every aspect of the team can come together and work to its fullest potential in each game, then it might be hard to think the Pats would lose another game this season.

Despite dodging that bullet, you better believe Bill Belichick is going on be on his team for the dumb, undisciplined penalties they have committed the last couple weeks. It certainly wasn't a great showing as Tampa Bay still had more than 400 yards of total offense, but this was a much better game from the defense than what they've shown all season. He owns a 116.6 QB rating with 10 touchdowns passes and a 9.0 yards-per-attempt average.

They also have RB Doug Martin resuming after a three-week suspension.

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Captain Obvious summation: This is not good.

"That's all you can do", he said. There is clearly still room for improvement going forward but the Patriots "bend but don't break" philosophy was enough to get the win Thursday night.

This is tough for the home team.

There are several reasons why either team can win. (Might want a do-over there). "It's like the older he gets, the better he gets". "No one likes where we're at".

The Bucs have playoff aspirations for the first time since 2007. They didn't do much with it, of course, but the result of that foul was that when possession was finally exchanged, Brady's offense was again backed up to its 6-yard line. But the more worrisome folks in Tampa were on the opposing sideline.

"I don't ever look at anything as me against the other coach", Koetter said before the game.



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