The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell behind the New England Patriots early thanks to a precise drive from Tom Brady and his quick-paced offense, and haven’t been able to catch up since.
Brady found Danny Amendola up the seam for a touchdown on a drive where he was perfect on passing attempts. The Buccaneers couldn’t get a hand on the Pats’ QB all drive long, and the fast pace of the Patriots’ offense kept the Buccaneers on their heels. Many plays began with the Bucs not yet in defensive position, and wide receivers and running backs were able to quickly and easily find open space.
The Buccaneers would have a weak first effort on offense, as the starters would fail to move the ball. Josh Freeman was 2 of 3 for 8 yards, and was sacked three times. But the worst moment was seeing Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin heading to the locker room with an apparent head injury. We will update you when we learn more about his status, but he has obviously not returned to the game.
The Bucs would get up to speed with the Patriots once the backups entered the game, as Mike Glennon led a successful drive against the Patriots’ D, ending in an excellent, patient throw to a wide open Kevin Ogletree in the end zone. Ogletree started off with a shaky drop on a pass from Josh Freeman, but then hauled in everything thrown his way by Glennon.
Zach Sudfeld and the Patriots would add another touchdown on a fantastic catch by the rookie tight end, who has the ball batted from his hands, but snatched it back out of the air in the end zone.
The Bucs would end the half with a field goal from Derek Dimke, who has looked solid all preseason.
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