Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots: Here's everything you need to know about the game

8:25 p.m. Thursday at Raymond James Stadium

TAMPA, Fla. - Fresh off a win against the winless New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a quick turnaround against the defending champions, the New England Patriots.

The Bucs, after signing Desean Jackson, drafting OJ Howard, and being featured on HBO's Hard Knocks, came into the NFL season with goals of making the playoffs. Every win counts, but a favorable result against the champions could do wonders for their confidence and increase their chances of making the playoffs. 

Winston turned in a game for the ages against the Giants, throwing for 300 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Winston was discussed as a possible MVP candidate before the season and could bolster his chances if he turns in a similar performance against the Pats. 

On the other hand, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are 2-1 but are not having a great season. They have the worst defense in the NFL and are reeling from a Carolina Panthers, Cam Newton-led comeback victory. 

Bill Belicheck will be looking to right the ship this week so while the defense might not be up to snuff, it's never a good job to count the Pats out. 

Here's what fans of both teams should know if they're planning on attending the game:

Who: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) vs New England Patriots (2-2)

When: Thursday, Oct. 5 8:25 p.m.

Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. If you need directions click here

What: Raymond James has a few safety rules that should be followed in order to ensure enjoyment for everyone attending the game. 

Tampa Police issue ticket warning for Buccaneers vs Patriots game Thursday at Raymond James Stadium

Raymond James Stadium designates pick-up, drop-off areas for ridesharing

  • Tailgating - permitted in the parking lot and can only take place directly behind your vehicle. You can only occupy one spot and you can't save spaces for other people. 
  • Clear Bag Policy - bags can be clear plastic and vinyl, but must not exceed 12in x 6in x 12in measurements.  All bags are subject to being searched.
  • Prohibited - camera bags, binoculars, coolers, food, drink, illegal drugs,  umbrellas, etc. Essentially, if it's not a clear bag or a small purse, it's probably not allowed into the stadium. 
  • You can click here for a full list of what's allowed and what's not allowed into the stadium. 

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