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Patriots starters drub Bucs in first half

Tom Brady, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Gronkowski AP

Tom Brady and the Patriots starters didn’t play at all last week. They made up for it on Thursday night in Tampa.

Brady and the starting unit played the entire first half while racking up a 28-0 lead against the Bucs. Tampa’s backups entered in the second quarter and actually slowed down the New England offense a little better.  It was 21-0 after only one quarter.

Chad Ochocinco was on the field for most snaps in his Patriots debut, catching two short passes, including an eight-yard score.  He also was on the receiving end of a brutal hit by Bucs linebacker Mason Foster that may cost Foster some money later this week. Ochocinco got up right away.

New England’s line play dominated both sides of the ball.  Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson were hit repeatedly, with linebacker Jerod Mayo rushing the passer more than usual.  The Patriots ran for 129 yards in the half to only 11 for Tampa.

Brady was very sharp, throwing for 119 yards and two scores on 18 attempts. His primary weapons (Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, and BenJarvus Green Ellis) all looked to be in midseason form.

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53 Responses to “Patriots starters drub Bucs in first half”
  1. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Aug 18, 2011 9:31 PM

    Looks like “The Hoodie” now has himself a VERY credible pass rush. As we say in Italian, FINALMENTE! Importantly, Andre Carter looked strong. And Tom Brady moved through the Bucs’ vaunted young “D” like crap through a goose. (Excuse the colorful metaphor.)

  2. iflounder says: Aug 18, 2011 9:31 PM

    tom brady takes a reverse houdini better than any man i’ve ever met. super bowl baby.

  3. bdawk20 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:33 PM

    Substitute Eagles and Steelers in this headline. Ouch. The Dream Team is right, because they were sleeping.

  4. 1bigtex says: Aug 18, 2011 9:34 PM

    But wait a minute, don’t the Bucs have one of the smartest GMs? I seem to recall reading that somewhere. Well, at least they have a high-priced punter. Take that New England.

  5. drgfri says: Aug 18, 2011 9:34 PM

    Let’s hope they can stay focussed. That loss to the Jets still hurts. I hope they use it as motivation! Brady has something to prove.

  6. tatum064 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:35 PM

    Getting the playoff run cranked up early….just dont get the Jets or Ravens in the first round…i’m hoping they get the Steelers on the road

  7. suckleague says: Aug 18, 2011 9:36 PM

    Now just a minute, as a Tampa fan, I take serious offense to you suggesting my team has been “drubbed”.
    NOW I WILL LOOK THAT WORD UP.

    Hmm, ok yeah that fits.

  8. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 18, 2011 9:37 PM

    What can I say?

    It is what it is.

  9. majorseahawk says: Aug 18, 2011 9:38 PM

    Freeman is awful against any team above .500. Yet another example here on how he completely chokes against the good teams.

  10. richm2256 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:39 PM

    So how did Fat Albert do, was he dressed for the game?

  11. sickpuppyz says: Aug 18, 2011 9:40 PM

    andre carter was a beast. he had at least 2 holding penalties called on the tackle and made a lot of sacks happen for other guys.

  12. fearadmiral says: Aug 18, 2011 9:44 PM

    Big Vikings fan here but I do love watching Tom Brady when he’s on. A thing of beauty.

  13. pats1995 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:45 PM

    ive been watching, and the d line had penetration on just about every single play. and this is before haynesworth is on the field

  14. flik44 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:46 PM

    a 14-2 team that is now playing in memory of Mrs. Kraft… wow. Please whip the Jets’ ass unmerciful with sandbaskets on their assnecks!!

  15. bahshah27 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:46 PM

    I miss ochocincos celebrations. It was fun while it lasted.

  16. staffordsyear says: Aug 18, 2011 9:47 PM

    Can’t wait till week 1 headline says “lions drub bucs in first half and continue to obliterate them throughout second half”ha!

  17. atlien698 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:47 PM

    This just proves Beli-cheat was holding practices during the lockout!

  18. jediwrstlr says: Aug 18, 2011 9:49 PM

    before too many PATS FANS get all excited, it is the Bucs, I mean c’mon……was anyone really thinking this would go another way?

  19. arrogantathlete says: Aug 18, 2011 9:50 PM

    Yeah they appear ready to have an awesome regular season then take a dump in the playoffs.

  20. Patriot42 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:51 PM

    The Bucs were so high after playing the chirps last week.

  21. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 18, 2011 9:52 PM

    Brady and crew are well on their way — to getting pounded at home again in their playoff opener.

    Fantasy geeks and French fashion morons will love you though, Brady.

  22. Chairman Al says: Aug 18, 2011 9:53 PM

    My least favorite name in sports is BenJarvis Green Ellis. Sounds like a law firm to me. What’s wrong with just Ben Ellis?

  23. pigskin28 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:54 PM

    Another bunch of over reactions by fools.

    Btw just saw promo with joe buck in his boxers on fox…mooned the camera. Sameguy who obliterated Moss for a pretend moon in full clothing.

    Damn hypocrites. No one takes their time to think, just talk garbage that floods their frontal lobe at any given moment.

  24. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 18, 2011 9:55 PM

    The Bucs excelled under an easy schedule. That could explain a lot. But on the other hand, it’s only freakin’ PREASEASON and that explains a lot as well. Let’s save the analysis for the regular season, folks.

  25. Picked_Off says: Aug 18, 2011 10:00 PM

    Am I the only one that realizes this is just a preseason game?

    You know people really miss football when your have mass overreaction to the second preseason game… Give it a break people.

  26. chace1986 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:05 PM

    majorseahawk….the Pats had 2 to three people in the back field within the first 2 seconds…literally…every…play…Its hardly the case of “Freeman choking”. Freeman also does not line up on defense…where they are getting gashed. The fact is…Josh Freeman can only do so much by himself.

  27. irishmike1973 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    This is preseason right only pathetic pats fans would be so happy

  28. nannymcsack says: Aug 18, 2011 10:13 PM

    Jeord looking good at weakside LB in the 4-3. and fat albert isnt even on the field yet.

  29. shooteyshoots says: Aug 18, 2011 10:21 PM

    the bucs couldn’t beat anyone with a winning record last year. their schedule is tougher this year and their record will show it.

    still a good young team with a hell of a qb.

  30. goatcheez says: Aug 18, 2011 10:22 PM

    Yep. Pats is good.

  31. flboyindallas says: Aug 18, 2011 10:23 PM

    Woodhead just got stone cold knocked the f-ck out!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 18, 2011 10:25 PM

    they just got some new hi def mini cams and they seem to be working well. untill they get caught -again

  33. kom2k10 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:37 PM

    As a Colts fan, I can say I’m currently jealous of the Patriots. I know it’s only preseason, but through 2 games they’ve dominated EVERY aspect of a football game.

    Run game, Passing game, stopping the run and pass, getting pressure on the QB, and special teams all looked great.

    This team can be scarry if they continue firing on all cylinders…

  34. simplesimon1 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:49 PM

    pigskin28:

    “Damn hypocrites. No one takes their time to think, just talk garbage that floods their frontal lobe at any given moment.”

    Nope, my thoughts originate in the hippocampus and are fully realized into actions in the sensory motor cortical region. Need some monoaminergic inhibitors…:)

  35. arocktrucker says: Aug 18, 2011 10:54 PM

    Patriots got somethin for that a..

  36. chobes68 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:16 PM

    still just a preseason game? ok, just making sure.

  37. jbaxt says: Aug 18, 2011 11:52 PM

    That’s too funny. All the Bucs clowns were saying how great they were after beating the Chiefs last week. What they failed to realize is the Chiefs had 9 starters not playing (it takes both hands to count that high bucs fan) Charles didn’t get a carry and Cassel didn’t throw once. Even better was the Bucs left their starters in well into the 2nd quarter while the Chiefs starters we out after about 3 series. I like how the Bucs pulled their starters earlier this game, as to cover up the fact they actually suck.

    It must be nice to play in the NFC…

  38. bucforever says: Aug 18, 2011 11:54 PM

    Oh well. It’s preseason and a definite wake up call for the Buc’s Oline. No QB can be expected to win without SOME some protection ! We are just lucky Freeman was not injured.
    I am sure there will be some heavy practice and film sessions this coming week. Ok. Shake it off. On to the Dophins . GO BUCS.

  39. bucforever says: Aug 19, 2011 12:01 AM

    Wait. About the hit Foster gave Ocho. It was a clean hit . It is why we watch the game . A legal football move . No fine should be considered.

  40. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 19, 2011 12:02 AM

    Just don’t make that Talib guy mad…. geeeesshhh.

  41. mornelithe says: Aug 19, 2011 12:14 AM

    Boy, I sure am glad so many people were on hand to remind us this was still the preseason. I thought it was the Super Bowl and we’d just won another ring.

  42. naldin77 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:51 AM

    Once again proving that the patriots are the best team in the NFL and have been since there 2001 superbowl win and after being underdogs vs. the rams. The patriots office is to good and to smart to suck. As long as bill is coach the pats will never be under .500 on a season.

  43. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 19, 2011 6:03 AM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    Aug 18, 2011 9:31 PM
    Looks like “The Hoodie” now has himself a VERY credible pass rush. As we say in Italian, FINALMENTE! Importantly, Andre Carter looked strong. And Tom Brady moved through the Bucs’ vaunted young “D” like crap through a goose. (Excuse the colorful metaphor.)
    ******************************

    You remind me of the great Pete Sheppard.

    Love it!

  44. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 19, 2011 6:40 AM

    atlien698 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 9:47 PM
    This just proves Beli-cheat was holding practices during the lockout!
    ****************

    I gave this comment a thumbs up.

    Even Pats fans have to chuckle at this.

  45. 1historian says: Aug 19, 2011 7:16 AM

    The announcers said during the course of the game that since Kraft bought the team the Patriots have the highest winning percentage over that time frame – I think he said 17 years – of any organization in pro SPORTS history.

    That includes the Yankees, the Celtics, the Canadians, The Cowboys – everybody.

    Just thought you haters would like a little bitter root to stir in your coffee.

  46. rgwhodey says: Aug 19, 2011 7:56 AM

    Pats…. reality Check… ITS PRESEASON

  47. jnbnet says: Aug 19, 2011 8:05 AM

    flboyindallas says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:23 PM
    Woodhead just got stone cold knocked the f-ck out!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!
    =================================

    What is wrong with you? There are teams that I don’t like…even a few that I depise, but I never wish injury to any one player. You must have such a low self esteeem to gloat over another’s misfortunes. I bet you have a police scanner and are one of the first ones on the scene of an accident…or fire….hoping to see something that excites you. You probably point and laugh at people with deformities. Maybe some day you’ll grow up…but I doubt it.

  48. seneca1ss says: Aug 19, 2011 8:40 AM

    LeGarrette Blunt doesn’t mind. According to his Twitter….he was looking to party after the game

  49. xxxviichamps says: Aug 19, 2011 8:46 AM

    The Bucs just came out flat. We couldn’t block…and any time we did anything remotely productive, it got called back on a flag. I’m not worried about this…Every team has their wake up call…

    Josh Freeman made a good point in his post game press conference…We didn’t learn these lessons until Week 3 against the Steelers last season…rather learn the lesson in pre-season.

  50. bucwild05 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:28 AM

    As a Bucs fan, yes, they looked horrible. This is why I like the Pre-season. They need these games to get things worked out.

    They are a young team, and they will do good this year, and maybe after they have a winning record, and make the playoffs, that all these Buc Haters will stop with the Easy schedule thing…. But, I am sure they will find another excuse.

  51. pfii63 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:13 AM

    bucforever says:
    Aug 19, 2011 12:01 AM
    Wait. About the hit Foster gave Ocho. It was a clean hit . It is why we watch the game . A legal football move . No fine should be considered.

    ————————————————–

    It was helmet to helmet, you moron. Watch the replay.

  52. 1historian says: Aug 19, 2011 11:24 AM

    Some mnlore bitter root for the coffee of the Pats hater,

  53. trilbilly says: Aug 22, 2011 9:47 AM

    As a Bucs fan I can understand what happened to the defense. It’s full of rookies and second year players. They’ve had no off-season program. The Pats showed up and started running plays at them in rapid succession and they were just overwhelmed.

    But what was the offense’s excuse? The O-line sucked out loud and they’re not rookies. They got their asses kicked. There was nothing Freeman or Blount or anybody could do. It was like they were playing without a line. Even a turnstile would have slowed the Pats down more than the Bucs O-line.

    All in all a well deserved wake-up call for a team that might have been getting a big head.

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