Patriots Vs. Buccaneers: New England Rolls To 31-14 Win

The second week of the NFL preseason kicked off on Thursday night, with the New England Patriots hammering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-14.

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Patriots Vs. Buccaneers Final Score: Tom Brady, New England Defense Impress In Win

The second half of the preseason game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn't terribly interesting, but the first half might have showed fans a lot of what they need to know about the two teams going forward. While both the Pats and the Bucs had their starters in the game, New England ran rampant through the Tampa defense while smothering Josh Freeman as the Pats took a 28-0 lead into halftime. The Bucs saved face a bit in the second half, bringing the final score back to 31-14, but the second half didn't look like more than a quick run-out for the backups.

Tom Brady was 11/19 passing for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while the two-headed rushing tandem of BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead ran all over Tampa, making Brady's life easy. Freeman was poor for Tampa, but it was hardly his fault. He had no running game to support him and he had no time to throw as the Bucs' offensive line put in a poor performance.

The Patriots move on to face the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in their third preseason game, while Tampa host the Miami Dolphins at home.

For more on the two teams, check out our Tampa Bay Buccanneers blog Bucs Nation and our New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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Patriots Vs. Buccaneers Score: Halftime, New England Destroying Tampa 28-0

It's been straight up easy for the New England Patriots so far in their second preseason game, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't put up any kind of a fight in the first half. The Pats lead by a score of 28-0 and they've been more or less walking the ball up the field, scoring touchdowns on four of their six first half possessions. They've been equally impressive going the other way, as Tampa have been unable to run the ball, while Josh Freeman got no time to throw the ball while he was in the game.

The Bucs are averaging just 1.8 yards per carry on the ground, while quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Josh Johnson have combined for a 40 percent pass completion rate. The pressure up front, against both the run and the pass, has been absolutely relentless from the Patriots' front seven, who don't look like they're playing a preseason game.

Tom Brady played the entirety of the first half, going 11/19 passing for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez made his job easy, while both BenJarvis Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead were fantastic on the ground. Hopefully for the Buccaneers, their backups fare a bit better in the second half.

For more on the two teams, check out our Tampa Bay Buccanneers blog Bucs Nation and our New England Patriots blog Pats Pulpit.

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