The Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second week of preseason after three days of joint practices together. Tom Brady dominated early as the Patriots eventually prevailed 25-21 at home. Here are the four key takeaways from the game.
1. America completely overreacted to Tom Brady's knee "injury"
As if Brady returning to practice the next day didn't make it obvious enough that his injury wasn't serious, he hammered the point home tonight. Brady completed his first 11 passes before throwing a single incompletion and leaving the game. He had a touchdown and a 2 point conversion. Brady's favorite target was Danny Amendola, who hauled in six catches for 71 yards, including the aforementioned touchdown. Not bad.
2. Defense gets pressure
The Patriots starters absolutely harassed Josh Freeman and the Bucs' first team offense. They racked up four sacks early as Tampa Bay's starters struggled to get anything going. Particularly impressive were Chandler Jones (1 sack) and Brandon...