New England Defeats Tampa Bay 23-3 - Recap
Tampa Bay couldn't hang with the Patriots on Sunday as New England blasted the Buccaneers 23-3 in Week 3 action at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots were a 7-point favorite in the win, and managed to turn a profit for their supporters. The combined score dipped UNDER the total, which closed at 45.5.
Tom Brady completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 225 yards and 2 TDs for the Patriots in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Buccaneers defense.
Doug Martin rushed for 88 yards for Tampa Bay, while Mike James added 5 yards. Josh Freeman threw for 236 yards for the Buccaneers, while receivers Mike Williams and Eric Page had 65 and 55 yards respectively.
New England outgained Tampa Bay 358-323 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 21-18 by the Patriots.
Tampa Bay lost the time of possession battle 33:01/26:59, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.
Next game, New England takes its act on the road to face Atlanta looking for another win. For Tampa Bay, they head home to face Arizona.