Carlton Davis carted to the locker room; Patriots lead Buccaneers 7-6 at halftime

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Tampa Bay cut New England’s lead to one point at 7-6 just before halftime.

But the Buccaneers’ cornerback situation looks to have gone from bad to worse.

Carlton Davis was carted to the locker room after suffering an apparent non-contact leg injury while on the punt return team late in the second quarter. Davis was down for several minutes before he was helped off the field by trainers. He was not putting any weight on his left leg as he went to the sideline.

Davis entered the game questionable with injuries to his abdomen and ribs.

Tampa Bay started newly signed corner Richard Sherman opposite Davis on Sunday with Jamel Dean inactive with a knee injury and Sean Murphy-Bunting on injured reserve with an elbow injury. The Buccaneers now have Ross Cockrell, Dee Delaney, Pierre Desir, and Rashard Robinson available at cornerback.

Quarterback Tom Brady is 15-of-27 passing for 182 yards after 30 minutes, setting the all-time record for passing yards in the first quarter. But the Bucs’ offense has stalled when reaching the red zone. Ryan Succop missed a 36-yard field goal wide right in the second quarter.

For the Patriots, quarterback Mac Jones found some success when the offense started spreading things out because the run game has -6 yards at halftime. Jones is 15-of-20 for 130 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Tight end Hunter Henry caught his first touchdown as a Patriot in the second quarter to give New England a 7-3 lead.

The Buccaneers will have the ball to start the second half.

10 responses to “Carlton Davis carted to the locker room; Patriots lead Buccaneers 7-6 at halftime

  1. Pats D needs to man up against the run…. TB is pushing them around like they are a high school team

  2. Goodell strikes again!

    Slater gets pushed out twice and they claim it’s a penalty. How do you get pushed out twice and the judge how fast the player needs to get back in with 2 guys standing there?

    The Guy illegal hands to the face on a run play was a hoot! Anyone claiming Goodell doesn’t shape games is an idiot. He’s trying!

    BB with a masterful plan and Jones outplayed Brady.

  3. Mac is outplaying Brady easily. Ray Charles can see that.
    The team wearing the stripes will not allow Brady to lose this game though. Look for the long PI penalty to put them either in FG range or 1st and goal..

  4. Gee… the Bucs defense is denuded, the receivers can’t hold on to the ball and they still won. Imagine if the cogs are clicking. Mac is pretty good. He actually played better than Brady or at least his receivers have surer hands. The Pats is all set for QB. Poor BB spent all those money and Brady still got one over him. And blaming the referees when Brady wins is getting old.

  5. touchback6 says:
    October 3, 2021 at 11:10 pm
    Goodell strikes again!

    Slater gets pushed out twice and they claim it’s a penalty. How do you get pushed out twice and the judge how fast the player needs to get back in with 2 guys standing there?

    The Guy illegal hands to the face on a run play was a hoot! Anyone claiming Goodell doesn’t shape games is an idiot. He’s trying!

    BB with a masterful plan and Jones outplayed Brady.

    _____

    He was pushed out once and he didn’t even try to come back in until 35 yards later. The rule is you have to immediately re enter the field and he didn’t even try. If you are expecting the defense to lay back a few yards and give the guy a head start then you don’t grasp how the game is played. And how convenient you ignore the horrendous PI call against the Buccs on the final drive where Hunter Henry didn’t even know where the ball was as it was yards behind him – they throw a flag for PI on an uncatchable ball that the defender was making a play on???

  6. Brady would have thrown for 500 yards on those practice squad corners.

    Bucs will not repeat.

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