Patriots Defeat Buccaneers 23-3
The Patriots offense picked up where it left off against the Jets, unable to generate any consistent attack, punting three times in the first quarter. In the second quarter, sparked by Stevan Ridley and two catches by Aaron Dobson, they found a rhythm. Brady found Kenbrell Thompkins for a 16-yard touchdown, and then again for a 5-yard one.
A late interception by Josh Freeman allowed the Pats to steal a field goal just before halftime.
Josh Freeman looked strong early, completing long passes to Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, but the Pats defense put the clamps down in their own territory. Jackson was lost to injury in the second half and the Bucs couldn't mount much of an attack without him.
The Patriots continued to build off the strong play before halftime and showed great complimentary football. Despite not putting up a touchdown, two field goals were enough to ice it for New England.
The Pats' defense got four stops on fourth down and forced three punts in the second half.
Tom Brady showed progress with his rookie receivers, but there is still work to be done. For now, the defense has done their job and the Pats are off to a great start despite all their injuries and turnover.
Patriots hold for the fourth time on fourth down today and will kneel on the victory. Solid performance from the Pats, but they definitely got a boost from not having to face Vincent Jackson in the second half.
Pats go to 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Bucs drop to 0-3.
Talib still making plays, breaks up potential garbage time TD.— Tim Whelan Jr. (@thattimwhelan) September 22, 2013
Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins have combined for 10 catches, 93 yards and two touchdowns today.— Oliver Thomas (@OliverBThomas) September 22, 2013
4th quarter, 4:00 remaining
Heavy dose of Blount right now as the Pats are burning up the clock. 153 yards on the ground for the Pats today.
Bucs with 3 points. NE's defense has allowed 27 this year. Should rank 1st or 2nd (likely 2nd) after Week 3's over.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) September 22, 2013
Great Brady shot...
4th quarter, 7:00 remaining
Quick three-and-out for the Bucs and the Pats are getting the ball back.
Of course it comes with the Freeman-without-Jackson and Freeman-being-Freeman asterisks, but this was an impressive performance from the Patriots defense.
Gostkowski is good from 33 yards out to cap a 10-play, 51-yard drive & give the Pats a 23-3 lead.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 22, 2013
4th quarter, 8:20 remaining
Gostkowski puts up another one and the Pats are up 23-3. This one looks like it's just about tied up for New England.
4th quarter, 9:30 remaining
Pats going on a strong drive that could potentially seal the game. They're almost in the red zone.
4th quarter, 13:00 remaining
Bucs go for it on fourth down for the third time today and they get stopped for the third time today. The Patriots defense is showing something today.
Patriots have now gone an entire 60 minutes of game action without allowing a touchdown. (Last TD came vs. Jets w 5:05 left in 3rd quarter)— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) September 22, 2013
End of 3rd quarter
Bucs having some success on the ground, but the Patriots don't seem to care. Without VJax, the Bucs haven't had any success through the air like they did in the first half.
3rd quarter, 1:00 remaining
Pats working some rookies in on defense now.
Jamie Collins taking on a block and making the tackle there on Martin.— James Christensen (@NEPatriotsDraft) September 22, 2013
Logan Ryan has replaced Kyle Arrington in the nickel. Arrington was just on the field for kick coverage, though.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 22, 2013
Gostkowski hits his 2nd long field goal of the day - a 46-yarder to give the Patriots a 20-3 lead in Foxborough.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 22, 2013
3rd quarter, 3:38 remaining
Gostkowski tacks on another three as the Pats take a 20-3 lead.
The Pats offense has had its ups and downs, but they're getting enough plays to add to the lead. Great complementary football game by both sides of the ball for the Pats so far.
6th negative run of the year for Ridley.— Christopher Price (@cpriceNFL) September 22, 2013
3rd quarter 8:30 remaining
Vincent Jackson is on the sidelines as the Bucs offense is punting again. Patriots defense comes out strong in second half.
And then Brady intercepted in the end zone by Mark Barron. "Absolutely horrific throw," Zolak says— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 22, 2013
3rd quarter, 12:33 remaining
46-yard run by Brandon Bolden and the Pats are knocking on the door once again.
Patriots defense forces their first punt of the game and the Pats offense is coming back on the field.
Running back snap counts in the half: Ridley- 18, Blount- 5, Bolden- 16.— WEEI (@WEEI) September 22, 2013
That was Gostkowski's 8th field goal of 50+ yards to tie Adam Vinatieri for the most in #Patriots history.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 22, 2013
Julian Edelman so far without a 3rd down target. Had been perfect coming into today's game, with 7 targets, 7 receptions, 4 1st dns, 2 TD's— Ian Logue (@IanLogue) September 22, 2013
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