Thursday night's NFL matchup features a showdown between the reigning NFL Super Bowl champions and one of the rising young teams in the league. It's Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Bucs managed to start out 2-1, they'll face a tough test on Thursday with the reigning champs. However, Brady and company have struggled in the early part of this season. Can they get it turned around tonight? Fans will watch the Patriots vs. Buccaneers live stream and televised game on Thursday night.

Game preview

In Week 4, the New England Patriots dropped a back-and-forth game to Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at home.

Carolina defeated the Patriots by a final score of 36-33, and the second loss of the season raised questions about New England's defense. There are now concerns over whether or not the team can contend for this year's Super Bowl based on their inconsistencies. They'll try to bounce back on the road, where they've won two games this season.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a 2-1 start after picking up a win last week over the New York Giants, 25-23. Quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns while Jacquizz Rodgers had 16 carries for 83 yards on the ground. A win tonight would give Tampa Bay a 3-1 start and have them tied for the NFC South division lead with the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons.

Odds Shark lists the visiting Patriots as -3.5 to five-point favorites for tonight's point spread.

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They are also -190 to -210 on the moneyline at varying sportsbooks,while the Buccaneers are +165 to +175 underdogs. Tonight's over/under points total is 54 points for the complete game.

How to watch it live

Thursday night's New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. Eastern Time. Live televised game coverage is available exclusively through several channels. Most United States viewers can watch the game on their CBS affiliate channel. Other cable and satellite subscribers can watch on the NFL Network.

For a Pats vs. Bucs live stream, one option is Amazon Prime for anyone who is a member. The yearly subscription service now offers the ability to watch Thursday's NFL football games online. Additionally, anyone with SlingTV's channel package featuring NFLTV can also see the game live online. More information is available at Sling.com. Other live stream options include NFL Game Pass available through NFL.com and Verizon NFL Mobile for Verizon customers.