They've allowed each of the four quarterbacks they faced this year to throw for 300-plus yards this season and have allowed 33-plus points in three of their first four games.
Things might not be as rosy for the Patriots defense as the final score suggests. The Patriots can most definitely thank Gostkowski. No NFL player - at any position - impressed me more this preseason. Jameis Winston. 4. Cam Newton. 3.
He only saw pressure four times in the first three quarters, but failed to complete five deep attempts. However, they got to Brady when he dropped back and forced a fumble. They will make it easy for the entire team to breach into the weak New England defense.
Our Prediction: The Patriots defense has been horrendous. He may be the deadliest threat in the entire league when healthy and paired with Brady they may be the best duo to ever play the game.
"It was a lot better", Malcolm Butler told reporters. "So just go full in, getting ready for the game Thursday night, and you'll be good". But still, it's a team game. Howard (63 yards, 1 TD).
Brady is still dominating, even at the age of 40, but this doesn't mean that there aren't young quarterbacks who are carving their own path, and Winston is certainly one of them.
We'll see if he gets that chance in a Tampa Bay uniform.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Patriots.
Folk has made only one of his past six attempts while also shanking an extra-point try in that span. The Bucs have made 9 similar plays for an average of three per game while the Patriots average 7. But the Bucs finally have some nice complimentary weapons around him, including tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard and speedy receiver Desean Jackson, making an already tricky task even more hard for the Pats. That is very untypicaly for a Bill Belichick coached team.
How do you gauge just how much improvement we saw Thursday night when the Buccaneers were all to eager to help their opponents? New England entered Week five ranked dead last in the National Football League in yards per game allowed (456.8) and second to last in points per game allowed (32.0). However, his pass to the end zone fell incomplete, and the Patriots came away with the victory. In terms of effectiveness against the Patriots, here's how I'd rate the five quarterbacks they have faced so far, least to most impressive: 5. "I've watched him since he's came in and he's got them going, so they're headed in the right direction", Brady said.
The New England Patriots have arrived in Tampa Bay in style.
That's great news if you're a Patriots fan.