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Patriots Vs. Bucs Game Preview: Buccaneers Look to Bounce Back Against New England

The Buccaneers welcome the defending AFC champion New England Patriots to Raymond James Stadium on Friday night.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after a failed conversion against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after a failed conversion against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After topping the Miami Dolphins in their preseason opener, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unable to exploit their home-field advantage in their second preseason game, suffering a convincing 30-7 loss at the hands of the Tennessee Titans. It doesn't get much easier for the Buccaneers in their third preseason contest, as they welcome the New England Patriots to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

After wide receiver Mike Williams caught a two-yard pass from quarterback Josh Freeman to give Tampa Bay a 7-0 lead to start the first quarter on Friday night, the Buccaneers were unable to score again against the Titans, who forced two turnovers and sacked Tampa Bay passers four times on the night.

Asked to describe the loss, first-year Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano described the game to the Tampa Tribune as "sloppy."

The Bucs will look to bounce back against a Patriots team that won its first preseason game over the New Orleans Saints, 7-6, and takes on the Philadelphia Eagles in their second preseason contest on Monday night.

For more on the Buccaneers preseason, head over to Bucs Nation.

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