This was a game that most experts picked New England to lose, but the Patriots persevered on Sunday night to earn a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The victory allowed New England to keep pace with the undefeated Miami Dolphins for first place in the AFC East.
The 3-0 New England Patriots won’t play the 3-0 Miami Dolphins for another month, but after the AFC East rival Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons last week 27-23, New England’s Week Four contest at Atlanta should give the Pats some idea of where they stand compared to the Fins.
The New England Patriots still aren’t playing like an elite NFL team, but getting a 20-point win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday is a step in the right direction. If the team continues to improve, then next week’s game in Atlanta against a tough Falcons team should be very competitive.
In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New England Patriots are facing their third weak opponent in a row to open the 2013 season. They won’t be facing a rookie quarterback this time around, but Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is not exactly playing like a veteran.
Last season, the New England Patriots led the NFL in scoring with 34.8 points per game. But after an unimpressive 13-10 victory over the New York Jets in Foxboro Thursday night, the Patriots have scored a total of 36 points two weeks into the 2013 season. Quite frankly, they are lucky to have a 2-0 record.
Neither David Wilson nor Ray Rice got off to the flying start they wanted last week. The Broncos absolutely flattened the defending Super Bowl champs by a score of 49-27, while the Cowboys edged passed the Giants 36-31 in the opening week of the season.
When incumbent New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez fell to a preseason injury, many naysayers were convinced that second round draft pick Geno Smith wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Much to their surprise, he goes into Week Two’s game against the New England Patriots with a 1-0 record.
One measure of a good NFL team is the ability to find a way to win even when it’s not playing its best football. This is something the New England Patriots proved Sunday in beating the Buffalo Bills 23-21 despite losing the turnover battle.
At The WBZ Water Cooler: Football season is here and before the weekend games really kick into gear, we wanted to get the experts to lock in their Super Bowl picks. Believe it or not, the Patriots aren’t feeling the love from much of the WBZ Newsroom.
Peyton is still here. He’s still active. Boy, is he active. And last night was more than dropping a double-nickel, like Jordan did against the Knicks on his comeback trail.