New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Free Pick - 8/16/13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) at New England Patriots (1-0)
NFL Football: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Gillette Stadium)
The Line: New England Patriots -3.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take to the road to face the New England Patriots in week two of the preseason.
I know the NFL preseason is more of a showcase, or perhaps a try out for players that are trying to make an NFL roster, but Tampa Bay's 44-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens didn't show us much of any thing. The Buccaneers offense did okay with Josh Freeman going 4-7 for 34 yards but okay means limited duty with Mike Glennon getting plenty of reps with an 11-23 effort for 169 yards and a pick. The ground game was non existent with Brian Leonard's six carry, 23 yard effort leading the Bucs who totaled 80 yards on 25 totes divided among six players. Tom Crabtree's 61 yard reception and Kevin Ogletree's five catch night were the highlights of the offense. In a nutshell, the first team defense got the job done, but after that it was a mixed bag and the scoreboard says as much.
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If you are a Philadelphia fan as I am, the much anticipated debut of Chip Kelly was the focus of the fan base. It didn't turn out well as New England looked ready for the regular season, especially on offense. The Patriots ran at will at times and when Tom Brady decided to throw he was on target, going 7-8 for 65 yards and a score. Ryan Mallet went 9-18 for 98 yards before suffering a head injury which left the door open for Tim Tebow whose 4-12, 55 yard performance was less than inspiring. LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley ripped off 51 and 62 yard runs respectively against the Eagles first teamers and New England's only concern was on the defensive side of the football which is a familiar theme.
At first glance, I was looking at the over with the Patriots first team shining in game one. Of course, I have no idea what the game plan for either team will be in week two so for now I'll go by what I saw from the Patriots in week one...