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Week 3 Game Thread: Patriots vs. Buccaneers

Open thread for the New England Patriots week three match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Week three is finally here! After a longer than normal wait following a week two Thursday game, football is back on Sunday's as the Patriots will play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today at 1:00 PM ET.

This match-up will feature two teams that have undergone a lot of scrutiny during the infant portions of the 2013 NFL season. I'm expecting, much like the Patriots first two games of the season, a very close game. Ultimately, I think that the Patriots pull out a victory in this one. But if the Buccaneers can find a way to turn the criticism they've endured into a rallying cry, I could easily see them pulling off the upset.

Greg's Prediction: Patriots 20 Buccaneers 17

For coverage from the other side, be sure to check out SB Nation's Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog, Bucs Nation.

Feel free to use this post as an open thread to discuss today's game!