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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The New England Patriots took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a defensive showdown and in the end it was the Patriots defense who were a little bit better. Bill Belichick’s team held the Buccaneers to only 14 points in this contest and that was a significant improvement over New England’s first four games of the season. Devin McCourty in particular was outstanding in the Patriots secondary recording a team high 11 tackles, while Kyle Van Noy chipped in 7 tackles and half a sack. That set up Tom Brady with plenty of offensive possessions and the veteran passer ended up throwing for 303 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in the game. Brandin Cooks had the most yards for the Patriots offensive attack. Cooks finished with 85 yards for the night which was the most out of any running back or receiver. Danny Amendola played pretty well too hauling in 77 receiving yards but it was Chris Hogan who had the biggest impact recording 74 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. In a game in which both teams combined for 33 points that 1 touchdown by Hogan was enough for New England to get the job done and what an addition this guy has been since joining the team last season. Jameis Winston finished the match up with 334 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interruptions for the home team. Winston really came alive in the 4th quarter and actually led the Bucs down into the red zone with under one minute remaining in the game. Winston had one last attempt to score from the 19 yard line but his pass to OJ Howard came up incomplete. That was all she wrote for the Buccaneers but there were a few bright spots for this team. Doug Martin looked good in his return from suspension and rushed for 74 yards plus a touchdown. DeSean Jackson really lit it up as well hauling in 106 receiving yards for Tampa’s offense. Really this game was lost when Buccaneers Kicker Nick Folk missed three field goal attempts leaving 9 points off the board. If Tampa Bay gets a more competent kicker they will have a much better chance to compete moving forward. Give credit to the Patriots though they did enough to get a win on the road which is never easy to do in the NFL.
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