Burkhead has not played a game since the Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. A lot better today. However, they got to Brady when he dropped back and forced a fumble.
Still, it was far from flawless overall, as evidenced by two bone-headed penalties for roughing the passer at the end of the second quarter that inexcusably gave the Buccaneers a chance at a 56-yard field goal.
They look to reverse their fortunes and climb above.500 against the Buccaneers, who are 2-1 (their Week 1 game against Miami was postponed due to hurricane activity). The pass rush was showing life Thursday night. Time was winding down in the third quarter, in a game that should not have been in doubt; the Bucs' offensive game plan looked like it had been designed not by Dirk Koetter but by his grandfather, whoever that man may be.
The Tampa Bay Bucs reveled in the Summer of Love in front of the HBO cameras. "As I get older, too, I just see the difference, too".
As ESPN's Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss reported, Winston and Brady met up after the game, and while the Buccaneers quarterback didn't reveal fully what was said during the conversation, he did give some insight into it.
Growing up in Bessemer, Ala., Winston said he studied great quarterbacks.
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Tampa Bay rallied within striking distance on Jameis Winston's red-hot fourth quarter, including an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cameron Brate with 2:09 remaining. He missed attempts from 56, 49 and 31 yards, with the latter two both coming in the second half (making either would have made it a one-score game). "We should have won the game 20-19, so this one's on me".
-PASSING OFFENSE: C - Jameis Winston had numbers.
The Bucs come in with a 2-1 record, while the Patriots are 2-2, having lost to Carolina last Sunday on the game's final play.
Oh my goodness. this team had so many penalties on all three phases of the game: offense, defense or special teams got flagged hard.
The number of points allowed tonight is much more in line with what you'd expect of a Belichick defense. Certainly, the defensive unit did play much better; Winston, one of the better young quarterbacks in the game, did not successfully convert a third-down situation until there was about 1:30 left in the third quarter. I thought the guys after a tough loss were good in the locker room.
They also have RB Doug Martin resuming after a three-week suspension. If Folk made just two of the field goals he attempted his team would have come away with the win.
Brady opened the game with four straight completions before throwing his first interception of the season, overthrowing a wide-open Hogan in the middle of the field to end a streak of 264 pass attempts without an interception.