The offense didn’t look great. The defense was back on their heels. There weren’t too many positives for the Bucs coming out of the second preseason game in Foxboro. The Patriots beat the Bucs 25-21 on Friday night. Tampa Bay dropped to 0-2 in preseason play while New England improves to 2-0.
Tom Brady and the Patriots wasted no time in going to work against the first team Bucs defense. Brady led the Pats on a 15 play drive spanning 80 yards. Brady went 8 for 8 on the drive for 72 yards. He found wideout Danny Amendola on a 26-yard scoring strike. Brady picked on CB Leonard Johnson with great success. New England used their no-huddle attack effectively and caught the Bucs off guard. Pats went for two as Brady found tight end Zach Sudfield to give New England an early 8-0 lead. Many of the Bucs’ star players on defense—including Gerald McCoy, LaVonte David and Dashon Goldson—were pulled from the game during that opening drive.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michael Smith ripped off a 63-yard kick return to put the Bucs in business in New England territory. But the Bucs first team offense went three and out. Josh Freeman was sacked on the first play by former Florida Gator Brandon Spikes. Freeman delivered a nice ball to Kevin Ogletree on 3rd down, but the ball was dropped.
It was a rough night for Freeman and the first team offense. He finished just 2 of 3 passing for 8 yards (with one drop). The offensive line didn’t help him out as he was sacked three times in two series. To add insult, there was an injury. RB Doug Martin took a knee to the head while pass blocking and had to leave the game. Martin finished the game with one carry for 4 yards.
The second team offense did a nice job in leading the Bucs to a touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree to make it an 11-7 New England lead. Ogletree had three catches on the drive. Also on that drive, Mike James had a couple of nice runs, including one for 15 yards. Glennon also did a nice job of leading the Bucs to a field goal just before the half. He hit Tiquan Underwood on a 41-yd strike to set up a Derek Dimke 37-yd FG with 3 seconds left to make it an 18-10 deficit at halftime.
The second half didn’t bring much in the way of promise for the Bucs. Glennon was picked off by Patriots rookie corner Logan Ryan, who returned it 53 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. That made it 25-10 New England. The Bucs were able to put a couple of scores on the board but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
News & Notes:
- The Patriots ran 47 total plays in the first half. Bucs ran just 25.
- Mike Glennon had his share of ups and downs in his second preseason game. He led the team on two scoring drives in the first half. In the first half, Glennon was 7 of 10 for 88 yards and a TD. The pick 6 to Ryan was a terrible throw in the 3rd quarter. Glennon finished the game 12 of 22 for 121 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT.
- WR Tiquan Underwood (knee) and CB Anthony Gaitor (hip) left the game and didn’t return.
- Rookie RB Mike James ran the ball extremely well. He had 81 yards on 15 carries (5.4YPC). Peyton Hillis also did a nice job with 18 carries for 73 yards (4.1YPC). As a team, the Bucs rushed for 158 yards.
- DE Adrian Clayborn started but the Bucs defense did not record any sacks and only had a couple of pressures throughout the game.
- Bucs reserve CB Mason Robinson came up with an INT of Tim Tebow in the 4th quarter. Tebow was dreadful on the night, completing just 1 of 7 passes for -1 yards.
- Injured Bucs who didn’t play: CB Darrelle Revis, G Carl Nicks, G Davin Joseph, RB Brian Leonard, CB Danny Gorrer, WR Chris Owusu, S Sean Baker, TE Zach Miller and K Lawrence Tynes.
- Next Saturday night, the Bucs fly to Miami to take on the Dolphins in the 3rd preseason game. You can catch that game on 620 WDAE & 95.3FM, your home of the Bucs. Our coverage begins at 5pm.