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No Gronk? No Amendola? No problem with Kenbrell Thompkins

New England Patriots quarterback Brady and wide receiver Thompkins celebrate after Thompkins scored touchdown on pass from Brady in first half of their NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Foxborough Reuters

Kenbrell Thompkins is making people forget about the injured Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola. At least for now.

Thompkins has emerged today against the Buccaneers as the favorite red zone target of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Thompkins has caught a five-yard touchdown pass and a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first half as the Patriots lead the Bucs 17-3.

Also playing well is receiver Aaron Dobson, who has four catches for 35 yards in the first half. As Dobson and Thompkins continue to develop a rapport with Brady, the Patriots’ passing game is only going to get better. And get better still when Gronk and Amendola return.

The Bucs’ passing game, however, is continuing to struggle. Josh Freeman had better get in gear in a hurry if the Bucs want to avoid falling to 0-3.

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25 Responses to “No Gronk? No Amendola? No problem with Kenbrell Thompkins”
  1. cali49er707 says: Sep 22, 2013 2:46 PM

    His game isn’t as good as the jail house spread Hernandez just made

  2. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 2:47 PM

    Wow, beating the Bucs at home.

    Is there any question the Pats are the best team in 50 years?

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 22, 2013 2:51 PM

    When your offense does not convert drives into not just points but touchdowns, you can’t win against Tom Brady or Drew Brees. The defense can’t hold those guys down forever. The whole offense outside Doug Martin is a total mess.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    Zero Super Bowls since Spygate. #Cheaters

  5. jimr10 says: Sep 22, 2013 2:53 PM

    How does New England get the softest schedules each year?

  6. ghjjf says: Sep 22, 2013 3:07 PM

    Schiano has lost the team!

  7. jaybird44 says: Sep 22, 2013 3:09 PM

    ProFootball Talk loves the Pats… Never a harsh word spoken

  8. sschmiggles says: Sep 22, 2013 3:12 PM

    Haters Before Game: The Bucs have great DBs and and good pass rush, they’ll shut down this terrible Patriot offense. Pats are done.

    Haters After Game: The Bucs have terrible DBs and Brady had all day to throw, just wait until the Patriots play a “real” defense.

  9. huskersrock1 says: Sep 22, 2013 3:15 PM

    @jimro
    They play in the AFC East.

  10. blue18hutthutt says: Sep 22, 2013 3:15 PM

    So where was this last week?

  11. damnsureis says: Sep 22, 2013 3:17 PM

    @jimr10. Since this gets asks all the times about the Patriots. They play each divisional team twice. They have a rotation of what AFC and NFC divisions that they will play each team from. They face each division every four years this way. The remaining games are against the AFC teams who finished in the same place (first, second, etc) in their respective division. The beauty of it is that the NFL somehow calculates every team’s schedule this way but somehow only the Pats benefit from it.

    So remember this when the Pats play their cupcake schedule against the Falcons, Saints, Broncos, Colts, And Ravens.

  12. tb12eatitbitches says: Sep 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    @logicmoron 0-2 worry about your anemic Team

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:

    Zero Super Bowls since Spygate. #Cheaters
    __________________________

    Mike Shanahan zero Super Bowls since salary cap cheating with the Broncos.

    Now he’s salary cap cheated with the Redskins during his first year there.

  14. capegolfer says: Sep 22, 2013 3:42 PM

    @jimr10. The Pats strength of schedule over the last five years.
    09′ 3rd
    10′ 6th
    11′ 15th
    12′ 32nd
    13′ 13th
    Don’t let the facts get in the way.

  15. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 22, 2013 3:43 PM

    No Gronk? No Amendola? Schiano coaching? No problem!

  16. Rhodygal says: Sep 22, 2013 4:29 PM

    At Sschmiggles: And don’t you just love how the haters continuously bring up Spygate. Kills them to see how well we are doing.

  17. trg728774 says: Sep 22, 2013 4:40 PM

    Logicalvoicedays… Find something new to come up with. #redskinslosers

  18. brazzz01 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:28 PM

    Brady is a Trent Dilfer wannabe. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Sure he can win with Spygate and the tuck rule as would any QB…but on a level playing field with no cheating, those weak little 2 yard curl route passes don’t fool defenses in the NFL.

  19. cudzo713 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:41 PM

    Hey brazzz01:

    For the record, there are no Trent Dilfer wannabes.

    Not even Trent Dilfer is a Trent Dilfer wannabe.

    You’re welcome :-)

  20. trg728774 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:50 PM

    Brazzz01, you clearly know nothing about being a quarterback. Even most people who dislike Brady recognize he is one of the best all time. There is no logical argues you could have for that.

  21. brazzz01 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    Brady is nothing without Spygate or the ref making up rules right on the spot so he can pretend Brady didn’t fumble.

    That has already been proven.

  22. trg728774 says: Sep 22, 2013 6:58 PM

    Brazzz01, you are just reaching now. Of course the made the rule up right when it happened. Haha. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. What a dope.

  23. AngryHumanoid says: Sep 22, 2013 7:30 PM

    Brazzz01: you do realize that rule existed for TWO YEARS before the “Tuck Rule” game? That was some amazing forethought of them, to put a rule in 2 years before it needed to be “made up”…

  24. rushmatic says: Sep 23, 2013 11:15 AM

    Yeah, our schedule is soft. We just played two division games. Up next is Atlanta, New Orleans, Cincinnati, followed by two more division games.

  25. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 23, 2013 1:00 PM

    huskersrock1 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 3:15 PM
    @jimro
    They play in the AFC East.
    ======
    You mean the 3-0, 3-0, 2-1 1-2 AFC East? Maybe you can talk more about the dominant NCF East some more, 2-1, 1-2, 0-3, 0-3.

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