How to watch tonight's Thursday Night Football matchup.
Thursday Night Football heads to Tampa Bay tonight for a matchup between the defending champion New England Patriots and the Jameis Winston-led Buccaneers.
Tonight's Thursday Night Football can be streamed live on Amazon, so long as you are an Amazon Prime member. Amazon paid $50 million earlier this year to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games, and tonight marks the second game of the season that will be aired via Amazon Prime.
The rest of the viewing schedule is as follows:
- Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
- TV: NFL Network (CBS in local markets)
- Streaming: Amazon Prime
- Odds: New England is favored by 5.5 points. The over/under point total is 54.5 (via VegasInsider.com)
The New England Patriots are coming off a 33-30 loss on their home field at the hands of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. New England's defense has been torched by opposing QBs this season and last Sunday was no different as Cam, who has struggled so far this season, threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
In fact, the Pats have allowed each of the four quarterbacks they've faced to throw for more than 300 yards. On the flip side, they have the NFL's top offense.
New England's veteran safety Devin McCourty spoke about the defensive woes, per ESPN,
"This is even new to me as far as the way we are playing," said safety Devin McCourty, a team captain who has been with the club since 2010. "We've played bad. The most important stat to us is points, and we're [second to] last. Our offense has scored more than enough points to win games. ... Defensively, we understand we have to step up and do our part."
The Bucs, on the other hand, head into tonight's matchup with a 2-1 record, coming off a last-second victory over the New York Giants. If the first quarter of the NFL season is any indication, Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and co. should be looking forward to feasting on New England's secondary tonight. Tampa's offense currently ranks ninth overall in the NFL.
We all know what Tom Brady is capable of, regardless of who he's throwing the ball to, so fans should be expecting a high-scoring affair at Raymond James Stadium tonight.