Patriots vs. Buccaneers 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Thursday Night Football’

Tom Brady has thrown for more yards than anyone else in the NFL, but a Swiss cheese defense has his Patriots languishing at 2-2. New England will have the chance to get back on track and avoid a rare two-game losing streak when it travels to Tampa for a Thursday Night Football showdown with the Buccaneers starting at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NFL Network/CBS in local markets (live stream).

Brady is on pace to set a new single-season passing mark after throwing for a shade under 350 yards per game in the Patriots’ otherwise unimpressive start. He’ll square off against a Buccaneer defense that got shredded by Case Keenum for 369 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3. Will the future Hall of Famer do enough to overcome New England’s sieve of a passing defense?

General manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday that Luck took a cortisone shot and is not going to practice this week.

Johnson said playing a division opponent makes the preparation a bit easier with only one day of on-the-field practice.

It definitely helps, Johnson said. It definitely helps playing in the division on a short week against the Raiders. They know us, we know them. It will be a knock-out, drag-out game. It will come down to the fourth quarter, of course.

Injuries play a factor during the quick turnaround, and both teams have players in doubt at key positions.

Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson did not practice Tuesday due to a sprained knee, putting him in danger of missing his second game in a row. Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who left the Sunday game with a neck injury, appears ready to play Thursday night after practicing in full Tuesday.

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