The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots will meet at Gillette Stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week 4 for one of the most highly-anticipated regular-season NFL matchups in recent memory. Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick take center stage. Brady and Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski return to Foxborough, Mass., after leaving the Patriots organization following the 2019 and 2018 seasons, respectively. They won Super Bowl LV in their first season reunited in Tampa Bay while Belichick and the Patriots missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008 and have started the 2021 campaign 1-2.
Upping the ante for Sunday night’s matchup, Brady needs just 68 passing yards against the Patriots to break Drew Brees’ all-time record. Belichick and the Patriots went just 7-9 in their first season without Brady. They turned the page on former MVP QB Cam Newton in the offseason and handed the reins to QB Mac Jones, the 15th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Jones has completed 67.5% of his passes but for a modest 737 yards and only 2 touchdowns against 3 interceptions through his first three games.