QB Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and the Patriots cruised to a 35-7 victory at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Patriots S Brandon Meriweather had two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown to open up the scoring.
The Patriots offensive line struggled with both penalties and protection for Brady.
LB Adalius Thomas had one tackle in his return to the Patriots lineup after spending last week as a healthy scratch.
Wide receivers Sam Aiken and Brandon Tate, pressed into action by Julian Edelman’s injury, each made big plays for the Patriots offense.
Said Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, “It was really a lot of fun. There were a whole bunch of different chants I haven’t heard before and we saw beach balls and the wave. This was old school fun football and it was good to be a part of it despite the loss.”
Interceptions by S Tanard Jackson and CB Aqib Talib didn’t lead to anything due to Buccaneers offensive breakdowns.
WR Antonio Bryant scored the Buccaneers’ only touchdown on a 33-yard pass from Josh Johnson.
Buccaneers LB Barrett Ruud missed a tackle on Aiken’s second-quarter touchdown catch.
Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune thinks it is time for the Buccaneers to start QB Josh Freeman.
For more on the Patriots and Buccaneers, Mike Florio has the full Morning Aftermath right here.