NFL Week 5 New England vs. Tampa Bay TNF Betting Odds

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 4, 2017 in

The National Football League is back on Thursday as the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the first NFL Week 5 primetime game. The New England Patriots, as the defending Super Bowl Champions have started with a 2-2 record. The Patriots are coming off a home loss to the Carolina Panthers. New England starts as the worst defensive team in the league, despite that, the Pats are -5.5 favorites over Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers are 2-1 on the season. Following their canceled game to start the season against Miami, they beat the Chicago Bears in their opener. The Buccaneers lost to Minnesota, and then last week came away with a win over the New York Giants. The Buccaneers are underdogs in this game.

NFL Week 5 New England vs. Tampa Bay TNF Betting Odds

Buccaneers Led by Quarterback

Jameis Winston was a preseason pick by some to win the Most Valuable Player in the league. The quarterback is 136 yards shy of 1,000 on the season with 6 touchdowns. Mike Evans is the top target for Winston, with 19 receptions, 227 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Tampa Bay will get their top running back, Doug Martin in this game.

Since Martin has been out, the Buccaneers have struggled a bit to run the football. The Buccaneers running back has been Jacquizz Rodgers, with 165 yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers will play 16 straight weeks, including back to back road trips to the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills after NFL Week 5.

New England Struggling

The New England Patriots have struggled to start the season. The Patriots have two losses, and both came at home. The Patriots have allowed 32 points per game in their first four games. The offense has been impressive, with nearly 330 yards per game via the air. The top receiver for Tom Brady has been tight end Rob Gronkowski, with 20 receptions and 318 yards.

Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots really need a win in NFL Week 5.

Brady has a QBR of 76.8 on the season. His 1,400 passing yards and 10 touchdowns have him on pace for another outstanding season. After NFL Week 5, the Patriots go on the road next week to take on the New York Jets, before they get a rematch of the Super Bowl, as they host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.

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The defense has to get better for the New England Patriots. Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense is a unit that can exploit that bad defense. The Buccaneers are going to move the football, and gain more confidence as the game goes on. Look for MIke Evans to have a big game, like several receivers have had this season.

The Patriots also struggled to run the football. LeGarrette Blount was let go of by the Patriots, and they have struggled to replace with a great back. This is all trouble for the Patriots. When you are betting on this game, the way to go is the underdog. Take the home underdog, Tampa Bay Buccaneers +5 over the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.