Patriots at Bucs, Oct. 5: Five things to know, plus Tom Brady trivia
The Patriots are coming to Tampa, with a national CBS audience tuning in on a Thursday in Week 5, Oct. 5 -- here are five things to know about that game and the two teams' history ...
-- The Patriots are back in Tampa for the first time in the regular season since 1997 -- since 2002, all AFC teams rotate in with trips to Tampa every eight years, but the 2009 Bucs-Patriots game was a "home" game played in London. As such, Bill Belichick has never beaten the Bucs in Tampa (in the regular season), despite an NFL coaching career that predates the Bucs by a year, to 1975.
-- New England, of course, has had an amazing run under Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, who both came to the Patriots in 2000. They've won at least 10 games every year since 2003 and have missed the playoffs just once -- in 2008, when Brady missed all but one game with injury and they still went 11-5. Since the Bucs' last playoff win in the Super Bowl in January 2003, the Patriots have won 22 playoff games, including four Super Bowls.
-- New England has not only won three straight meetings with the Bucs, they've done it by a combined score of 86-10, each one by at least 20 points. If it seems like the Patriots have played more recently in Tampa, it's because they've been a frequent preseason opponent, facing the Bucs five times in Tampa from 2001-12 -- New England even held joint practices with the Bucs in Tampa before their preseason meeting in 2012, and again in Foxborough in 2013.
-- The Bucs remain one of six NFL teams never to beat Tom Brady -- they're 0-3, joining the Vikings (0-4), Cowboys (0-4), Falcons (0-4), Bears (0-4) and Jaguars (0-5).
-- Brady turns 40 on Aug. 3, and the Bucs in their history have never beaten a starting quarterback age 40 or older, losing to the Colts' Matt Hasselbeck in 2015, the Cowboys' Brad Johnson in 2008 and the Jets' Vinny Testaverde in 2005.