Tom Brady is coming to Foxborough, his old stomping grounds. All eyes will be on Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium, as he looks to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a win over the New Englan Patriots. If there’s one game you have to watch in Week 4, this has got to be it. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots Regular Season Week 4 Game on October 3, 2021
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro
When: Sunday, October 3, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7)
Regular Season Record: 2-1
The Bucs suffered their first loss of the season in Week 3, as they got tripped up by the Los Angeles Rams in Hollywood, 34-24. Despite the defeat, Tom Brady was able to throw for a massive 432 passing yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions on 41/55 completions. But there’s got to be more support on the ground for Brady, as you can clearly tell from the fact that the 44-year-old quarterback was the one who led Tampa Bay in rushing with 14 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette can have more success on the ground this time around, though. The Patriots are allowing 122.7 rushing yards per game, which is just 24th in the league overall. Brady could also be getting back a key weapon in Antonio Brown after the wide receiver missed the Rams game due to COVID-19-related issue. Defensively, the Pats have a new weapon in veteran cornerback Richard Sherman. He is an additional threat to Mac Jones, who had just been blown up by the New Orleans Saints’ defense in Week 3.
The Bucs are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall.
Betting on the New England Patriots (+7)
Regular Season Record: 1-2
The Patriots are bracing for the arrival of Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium. Most people think that the Buccaneers are going to own New England here, but they could be in for a surprise. Sure, Jones is struggling, but Tampa Bay’s defense is also dealing with injuries. The Bucs added Sherman, as mentioned earlier, in part because cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is out after injuring his shoulder in Week 1, while another defensive back in Jamel Dean is currently questionable for Week 3. Even if Sherman plays, how familiar will he really be with the Bucs’ system by the time he wakes up on Sunday? As for their defense, Belichick knows more about Brady than perhaps anybody in the NFL today, so you can be assured that he’s got a good game plan in containing his former quarterback.
The Patriots are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games as the home underdog.
The Buccaneers win, 30-17.
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