It took three weeks, but this is the Patriots team most fans expected to see.
The Patriots’ offense seemed to be more on the same page this week, and the defense turned in another impressive performance.
Mike Giardi and Tom E. Curran discussed after the game how the Patriots clicked in a 23-3 win over the Buccaneers.
“This is what we kind of anticipated might happen given some time in between the game against the Jets and this game,” Curran said. “All the things that went into making them look so ugly against the Jets certainly aren’t cured. Tom Brady might still have some trust issues and tentativeness that we saw today, he wasn’t accurate as normal and I think that’s him double clutching. We didn’t see [Aaron] Dobson and [Kenbrell] Thompkins have flawless games. But certainly, big strides made, especially in the running game.”
Allowing just three touchdowns in 12 quarters this season, the Patriots’ defense will be put up to the test next week against the Atlanta Falcons.
“We keep hearing the narrative of wait until week four when they face a real offensive team,” Giardi said. “In theory, we will find out against Atlanta on Sunday night. But another solid effort, especially early to bow up against the Buccaneers on two drives that took them deep into Patriots’ field position.”