Patriots Vs. Buccaneers: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

August 17, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) on the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Griffith-US PRESSWIRE

The Patriots and Bucs will kick off their third preseason game at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday from Tampa.

After sitting out of Monday's game at home against the Eagles, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will finally suit up on Friday evening to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his team's third preseason game.

Brady and a host of teammates were held out of New England's Monday Night Football showcase game with Michael Vick and Philadelphia in order to better prepare for Friday's game, in a move that can only be seen as a precautionary one by the Patriots organization.

Across the hash marks, seeking to develop even more chemistry on Friday will be Tampa Bay's budding quarterback-receiver duo of Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson. Lured away from San Diego with a $55.55 million contract in the offseason, the 6'5" Jackson has been enamored with his quarterback's play early on this summer, and even went as far as to tell the Tampa Bay Times that Freeman is a top-five signal caller in the NFL.

Whether Jackson's lofty praise for his quarterback proves true by season's end, the Bucs certainly went to great lengths to improve their offense after a frustrating 2011 campaign, and it shows. The 24-year-old Freeman's renewed dedication to both his body and his team's playbook looks be the start of something much, much bigger.

Game Date/Time: Friday, August 24; 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

TV Schedule
New England - WBZ

Radio Schedule
Patriots: 98.5 FM, Sirius 85
Tampa Bay: Sirius 128

Head over to Pats Pulpit for more Patriots coverage, and visit Bucs Nation for more Tampa Bay football coverage. Also check out SB Nation's NFL hub for more preseason coverage from around the league.

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