Patriots Defeat Buccaneers 23-3

Mike Dussault@PatsPropagandaSenior Analyst ISeptember 22, 2013

The New England Patriots dispatched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-3 on Sunday, in a throwback game for the Patriots where they won with good defense and timely scoring.

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.