Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) at New England Patriots (2-0)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. - TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
*Keys to the game: It's not often there's as much drama surrounding an undefeated team as there is a winless opponent. But that's the situation in New England with red warning flags raised following the offense's sputtering start. While QB Tom Brady vows to improve his body language, it's difficult to hide the frustration of working with inexperienced wide receivers who run the wrong routes and drop passes even when they are in the right spots. WR Julian Edelman is doing a decent job replacing Danny Amendola (groin) as Brady's go-to target, but it's almost exclusively underneath and routes behind the line of scrimmage. It appears TE Rob Gronkowski is another week away from making his debut, so Brady will again have little choice but to give his rookie receivers opportunities to make plays. QB Josh Freeman is on thin ice in Tampa Bay as he continues to make poor decisions with the ball and fail to move the offense with any consistency. RB Doug Martin is coming off a 144-yard game, and the Bucs will play as much ground-and-pound as they can as long as the score remains within reach.
*Matchup to watch - Bucs LG Carl Nicks vs. Patriots DE Chandler Jones: Nicks, who has been recovering from a staph infection, could make his season debut this week. If so, he'll see a bit of Jones, who has been moving inside in some sub packages as the Patriots attempt to create mismatches with his speed.
*Player spotlight - Bucs CB Darrelle Revis: Already fending off reports of his unhappiness with Tampa Bay's zone scheme, Revis has an opportunity to have a major impact working against long-time foe Brady while taking advantage of young wideouts.
*Fast facts: The Bucs have had 15 different players flagged for penalties through two games. ... Freeman (45.3) and Brady (52.7) have the two lowest completion percentages in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started both weeks this season.
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
Two narrow victories vs. two heartbreaking losses. There isn't as much separating these teams as records would indicate. But the ball is close to unraveling in Tampa Bay, and a road trip to face a perennial contender with a quarterback bound and determined to fix his offense is a daunting task.
*Our pick: Patriots 23-16