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Saturday, 17 August 2013 03:18

New England Patriots Beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25-21

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The New England Patriots played their second preseason game tonight versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The final New England 25 Tampa Bay 21.  On Wednesday, Tom Brady left practice early with a knee injury, and all of New England held its collective breath. Debates started popping up all over social media whether Brady should start or sit the game out.  Brady played and hit on 11 of 12 passes with a beauty of a touchdown pass to new target Danny Amendola.  The Patriots then went for a two point conversion and were successful with a rope to rookie Zach Sudfeld.  Brady ended his night with his lone incompletion of the evening on an out pattern to Amendola.   We keep having to tell ourselves that it is the preseason, but the defense had four sacks  in the first quarter.  Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich both played well.  New comer Tommy Kelly is exactly what the team has been lacking the last few season, a pass rushing defensive tackle to line up next to Vince Wilfork.   While Brady looked amazing, Ryan Mallett looked a bit shaky on his first offensive series going three and out.  He rebounded nicely and made some nice passes down the stretch.  His touch pass to rookie second round pick Aaron Dobson was the best throw of the night by him in my opinion.   We are still waiting to see the starting secondary of Talib, Wilson, McCourty and Dennard to take the field together.  Replacements Arrington and Gregory played quite well.  When Logan Ryan and Marquis Cole were in they combined for a blown coverage that led to a Buccaneers touchdown.  Ryan made up for it with a pick six in the third quarter.   While the offense and defense looked very good, the special teams did not fair as well.  First their was a big return on the first kick off for the Patriots. A punt that ended up in the endzone for a terrible net. Back to back penalties that took three points off of the board. A missed field goal by Gostowski. An offsides on a punt.  The special teams has a long way to go.  What I liked.   Brady to Amendola.  He's not Wes Welker but his skills sets are very, very good.   His catch for the touchdown was a thing of beauty.  If he stays healthy he can be every bit as productive as the former slot receiver  Zach Sudfeld.  The rookie tight end made a great catch in the back of the end zone on the two point try.  He made a couple of other nice catches and blocked consistently.      Pass rush.  We have seen this before and against this Buccs team in last year preseason.  If the Patriots can get this type of rush in the season their defense can be remarkably better.  The interior rush of Tommy Kelly is making a big difference.  What I did not like.  Gostowski.  For the second week in a row he missed a kick.  It might be time for some competition at the position.  Kickers can lose it quick.  Let hope this is not the case as he has been one of the most accurate kickers in the league since his rookie year.  Still I do not think Belichick completely trusts him.  I keep looking back to Super Bowl XLII when the Patriots went for it on forth and seven instead of kicking a 47 yard field goal.  Safety play.  The safeties are still having an issue getting wide to the sidelines in any cover 2, cover 3 or man under formation.    Tim Tebow.  He is just not an NFL quarterback.  Takes too long to make his reads.  Does not step into throws.  He is a beast to bring down when running. His issue is if the first read is not there he wants to run.    Good to see Randy Moss working for Fox.  He had a great three plus season in a Patriots uniform.  While he seemed a bit nervous at first.  His charisma shows on camera.  Best of luck to him in his new career.   Tune in this Sunday night at 8:30 pm east on CLNSRadio.com as we talk all things Patriots.       
Jeff Kane

Jeff Kane is the Patriots Beat Manager for CLNS Radio He is the lead host for Patriots Beat and Host of the Patriots Post Game Show. His quick-witted style and knowlege of the New England Patriots are some of his endearing qualities to CLNS listeners.

Jeff is a lifelong Boston sports fan who grew up right outside of Boston. His passion for the New England Patriots dates back to watching his first game in 1984. Jeff grew up with love for the Larry Bird led Celtics, watching games after his bedtime with his father Chuck.

A self describe football know-it-all. Jeff says his favorite sports memories are the Snow Bowl Game and attending game one of the NBA playoffs with his father in 2008.

Jeff currently resides in New Hampton, New Hampshire with his Wife Michelle and his two sons Connelly and Saygen.

Jeff can be reached by email: jkane@clnsradio.com

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