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.
A complete defensive effort and a step forward for the offense highlight the ups and downs from the Pats’ 23-3 win.
What to watch for in the Patriots-Buccaneers tilt on Sunday.
Will Brinson of CBS Sports on Pats-Bucs and the trade of Trent Richardson.
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.
There was a lot that happened on Thursday night. Run through it all with the leftover thoughts.
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.
Thursday night was one frustrating evening for Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.
Five Patriots have been downgraded to “out” for Sunday’s season opener in Buffalo, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Chances are Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski won’t play in their season opener Sunday in Buffalo, but it’s looking good for receiver Danny Amendola.