Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of a game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Buccaneers 23-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers at Patriots final score: Patriots run by Bucs for 23-3 win


Old head Tom Brady is working it with the young receivers on his team. It’s a beauty:

Tom Brady and his rookie receivers are starting to click. The star quarterback threw two touchdown passes to Kenbrell Thompkins, finally getting in sync with them and leading the New England Patriots to a 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Thompkins, an undrafted free agent, scored on plays of 16 and 5 yards in the first half. Aaron Dobson, a second-round draft pick, finished with seven catches for 52 yards.

You could also look at the Bucs just “Bucing” around:

The Patriots led 17-3 at halftime as the Buccaneers (0-3) wasted several opportunities. They turned the ball over twice on downs, Rian Lindell missed a 38-yard field goal attempt before making a 30-yarder and Josh Freeman threw an interception to former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib with 11 seconds left in the first half.

The article points out that as nice as the undefeated record is for the Pats, they haven’t gone against a top QB yet and that’s why their defense has been so good.

The Patriots (3-0) have allowed just 34 points this season, but haven’t played a top quarterback. They faced rookies EJ Manuel of the Buffalo Bills and Geno Smith of the New York Jets before going against Freeman, who entered the game with a completion rate of 45.3 percent, the worst in the NFL. He had another bad game Sunday, completing 19 of 41 passes for 236 yards.

Interesting. We’ll see what happens when they face a good QB. And, here’s a last bit of news that may or may not change how the Buccaneers look at this loss:

The Bucs lost their first two games by a total of three points on a field goal with 2 seconds left and another as time expired.

Man. Talk about a kick in the groin, huh? Or, a kick in their “uprights”.

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