Patriots’ Defense Again Leads The Way In Win Over Buccaneers

FOXBORO (CBS) — A major change may very well be afoot in New England.

Tom Brady is still the Patriots’ quarterback, but the men who made up the high-powered, explosive offenses of the past five seasons are nowhere to be found. And now, for the second straight week, the team’s defense has led the way to a victory.

Of course, the Patriots haven’t exactly faced the league’s best offenses just yet, and to be sure, Brady’s offense was better than satisfactory against the Buccaneers in a 23-3 win on Sunday. Still, a team can only play against the teams on the schedule, and there’s no mistaking which side of the ball has been the driving force of the past two victories.

Though Tampa’s final offensive numbers looked decent, when it came time to make a play, it was the Patriots’ defense more often than not winning the battle. With the Patriots only able to pick up two first downs and gain just 31 yards in the first quarter, the Patriots defense — with a little help from a missed Rian Lindell field goal — limited the Tampa lead to just 3-0.

The second quarter began with a stop for the Patriots’ defense on a …read more    

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