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August 16, 2013 @ 9:27 pm
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Bucs' Starters Get Ambushed By Patriots In 25-21 Loss

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Tampa Bay's first-team offense and defense played poorly in New England's 25-21 preseason victory on Friday night. Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 11-of-12 passes for 107 yards and a TD while Josh Freeman was sacked twice during two three-and-out series for the Buccaneers.
New England quarterback Tom Brady shook off a bruised knee he suffered during joint practices between the Buccaneers and Patriots on Wednesday to get his team out to an early 8-0 lead en route to a 25-21 victory over Tampa Bay.

Brady was perfect on his first 11 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. New Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown to give New England an 8-0 lead on the initial drive of the first quarter.

“It was a 17-play drive that first drive,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “[The Patriots] shot themselves in the foot [with penalties], but overcame it, and that can’t happen. Overall, we didn’t come out playing very well to start the game.”

Both teams played their starters for about a quarter, which was thoroughly dominated by the Patriots, who outgained the Buccaneers in terms of yardage 145-0 at one point due to Tampa Bay going three-and-out on offense on its first two possessions.

“We have to play better than we did in the first quarter, that’s for sure,” Schiano said. “[Brady] sure looked good. We messed up a few things. You can’t mess up. If you do things right against Tom Brady he may complete the football. If you help him, he’s definitely going to complete the football. We needed to play better to have a chance to slow him down.”

Ryan Mallett replaced Brady in the second quarter and threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Sudfeld, who also caught the two-point conversion on New England’s first drive. Mallett finished the game completing 12-of-20 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown to push the Patriots’ lead to 18-7 late in the second quarter.

New England’s lead could have been more but a holding penalty and a false start penalty cost the Patriots 15 yards while attempting a 35-yard field goal and forced Shane Gostkowksi to attempt a 50-yard field goal that hit the right upright. The Bucs took advantage of good field position at their own 40, and a 41-yard catch by Tiquan Underwood down to the Patriots 19 allowed Derek Dimke to connect on a 37-yard field goal to cut New England’s lead to 18-10 at halftime.

Despite only leading by eight points, the Patriots dominated the first half, outgaining the Buccaneers 315-123 yards. Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman completed just 2-of-3 passes for eight yards and was sacked twice before being relieved by rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

“We didn’t protect the passer very well,” Schiano said. “We gave up three sacks in two series. It’s going to be hard to overcome that.

“How do you judge a guy on a six-play performance? We’ll see. Next week he’ll play more and then we’ll get a better picture. I think he’s practiced well.”

Glennon completed 12-of-22 passes for 121 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The North Carolina State product had a touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree in the second quarter and a pick-six to Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan in the third quarter to push New England’s lead to 25-10. In the fourth quarter, he connected with David Douglas on a 1-yard touchdown pass to pull the Bucs with a touchdown, as the score was 25-18 with 12:11 left in regulation.

“I thought Mike Glennon played well and responded well to the interception,” Schiano said. “Our goal was to make sure he got a bunch of snaps in these first two games and he has. He got maybe 40 in the first game and 50 in this game, so that’s 90 NFL snaps. He got cracked one time and I was anxious to see how he was going to get up. He caught one right between the numbers and he got up.”

The Bucs’ battle for the third receiver and backup running back job heated up in New England. Ogletree had three catches for 36 yards and a score, while Tiquan Underwood gained 43 yards on two catches, including a game-long 41-yarder.

Rookie running back Mike James rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries and had a two-point conversion run in the fourth quarter. That ranks as the third-most rushing yards in a preseason game by a Buccaneer and the most by a rookie.

“He ran downhill and made some good cuts and made some people miss,” Schiano said.

Peyton Hillis rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries as Tampa Bay’s running game got revved up in the second half. Hillis’ 73 yards were the fifth-most rushing yards by a Buccaneer in preseason in team history.

“Peyton Hillis and Mike James ran the ball hard, so when that happens it means the O-line is doing a good job,” Schiano said.

Both Hillis and James are vying for the right to back up Doug Martin, who left the game in the first quarter after taking a knee to the helmet during pass protection.

“I think Doug is going to be fine,” Schiano said. “He got hit in the head, but he cleared really quickly. I saw him at halftime and he was fine. He was going to play one more play – five plays and two carries.”

The Buccaneers rushed for 158 yards against New England, which is the ninth-most in team history for the preseason.

First Quarter – Patriots 8, Buccaneers 0

Tom Brady was razor sharp on New England’s first drive, completing 8-of-8 passes for 72 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola, who beat middle linebacker Mason Foster and free safety Ahmad Black across the middle for a 26-yard touchdowns. Amendola caught four passes for 48 yards on the drive, which was aided by 17 yards on four carries by running back Steven Ridley. Safety Mark Barron and Foster got beat in the back of the end zone on Brady’s two-point conversion pass to tight end Zach Sudfeld.

Second Quarter – Patriots 11, Buccaneers 0
Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett came in for Brady in the second quarter and completed 4-of-8 passes for 35 yards on New England’s field goal drive. The big play was an unnecessary roughness penalty on free safety Ahmad Black that tacked on 15 yards to 13-yard catch by running back Shane Vereen and set the Patriots up at the Tampa Bay 26. Four plays later, Shane Gostkowski connected on a 39-yard field goal to give New England an 11-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Second Quarter – Patriots 11, Buccaneers 7
Backup quarterback Mike Glennon completed 4-of-5 passes for 39 yards with wide receiver Kevin Ogletree catching three passes for 36 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone, which cut into New England’s lead. Rookie running back Mike James had three carries for 33 yards on the drive, including a 15-yard gain.

Second Quarter – Patriots 18, Buccaneers 7
New England backup quarterback Ryan Mallett drove the team 75 yards in five plays, completing 4-of-5 passes for 75 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown to Sudfeld. Mallett started things off with a 23-yard reception to wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

Second Quarter – Patriots 18, Buccaneers 10
After a missed 50-yard New England field goal, the Bucs had great starting field position at their own 40-yard line with 18 seconds left before halftime. A 41-yard strike from Glennon to wide receiver Tiquan Underwood put Tampa Bay in field goal territory. Two plays later, Derek Dimke connected on a 37-yard field goal to cut the Patriots’ halftime lead to 18-10.

Third Quarter – Patriots 25, Buccaneers 10
Glennon’s sideline pass to wide receiver Derek Hagan was picked off by Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan, who returned the interception 53 yards for a touchdown to put New England up by 15 with 8:47 left in the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter – Patriots 25, Buccaneers 18
Bucs running back Peyton Hillis rushed for 40 yards on seven carries, while rookie running back Mike James rushed for 15 yards on two carries. After a defensive holding penalty on New England on fourth down, the Bucs got a first down at the 1-yard line and Glennon hit wide receiver David Douglas for a touchdown. James rushed 1-yard for a two-point conversion that pulled Tampa Bay within a touchdown.

Fourth Quarter – Patriots 25, Buccaneers 21
Bucs safety Mason Robinson picked off Tim Tebow at the 50-yard line and returned the interception to the Patriots 21-yard. After a 16-yard pass from Dan Orlovsky to James, Tampa Bay’s drive stalled at the 5-yard line and Dimke kicked a 22-yard field goal to put the Bucs within four points midway through the fourth quarter.

Bucs running back Michael Smith returned a first-quarter kickoff 63 yards. … Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Mike Glennon threw his first NFL touchdown against New England. … New wide receiver Kevin Ogletree caught his first touchdown pass as a Buccaneer. … Tampa Bay’s first-year kicker Derek Dimke connected on field goals from 37 and 23 yards and is now 5-of-5 on his kicks through two preseason games. … New Bucs cornerback Mason Robinson intercepted Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter and returned the pick 21 yards to the New England 29-yard line. … Bucs third-string quarterback Dan Orlovsky saw his first action of the preseason and completed 3-of-3 passes for 52 yards in the fourth quarter. ... Cornerback Leonard Johnson and safety Keith Tandy tied for the team lead in tackles with six.

The following Bucs did not play against the Patriots: kicker Lawrence Tynes, quarterback Adam Weber, cornerback Darrelle Revis, running back Brian Leonard, safety Sean Baker, cornerback Danny Gorrer, fullback Erik Lorig, fullback Spencer Larsen, guard Davin Joseph, guard Carl Nicks, wide receiver Chris Owusu, tight end Zach Miller, defensive tackle Derek Landri and defensive end Aaron Morgan.

• Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin left the game in the first quarter after taking a knee to the head while cut blocking a Patriots defender on a pass play and did not return. Martin had one carry for four yards before leaving the game.

• Bucs backup safety Keith Tandy injured his right forearm in the second quarter while making a tackle, but returned to the game.

• Tampa Bay cornerback Rashaan Melvin was shaken up in the second quarter and did not return.

• Bucs wide receiver Tiquan Underwood suffered a knee injury in the second quarter and did not return.

• Tampa Bay cornerback Anthony Gaitor injured his right hip in the third quarter and had to leave the game.

• Tampa Bay’s starting offensive line was missing guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, but veteran tackles Donald Penn and Demar Dotson and center Jeremy Zuttah struggled in pass protection. Penn gave up a sack to Brandon Spikes, who had two in the first quarter, and Dotson got called for a holding penalty. Backup right tackle Gabe Carimi also gave up a sack to linebacker Rob Ninkovich.

• Tampa Bay’s starting defense gave little resistance to New England quarterback Tom Brady, who faced little pass rush and completed 11-of-12 passes with ease for 107 yards and one touchdown.

• An unnecessary roughness penalty on free safety Ahmad Black tacked on 15 yards to 13-yard catch by running back Shane Vereen and set the Patriots up at the Bucs 26.

• The Buccaneers only had 10 men on the field on fourth-and-2 with 2:50 left in the second quarter and had to call a timeout.

Tampa Bay (0-2) travels to Miami to play the Dolphins (0-2) on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised locally on WFLA Channel 8 (NBC).

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    You are all correct re Josh and his lack of time in the game. Did anybody happen to notice that the O line was collapsing around him on every play and the running back could not get out of the backfield. If I were coach and saw that happening to my QB I would get him out of the game too. Let's save him for the last preseason practice and the rest of the games ahead. It's preseason at it's finest and the critics abound. Can't wait for real football.
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    76BucsFan46 is absolutely correct! Orlovsky would have won that game and is by far our best QB. I think Schiano favors Glennon because that Is who he wants but about 50 percent passing and throwing an interception is not going to get it done. If he would just give Orlovsky a fair shot at the job he would be the starter.
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    Really... That gimmick offense will puff up the stat sheets but is not going to win the superbowl. It's just another version of the chuck and duck. Except they''re not exposing Brady to hits by him using 3 step drops and dump offs and screens. Only time he used a 5 step was on the 26 yard td pass. Can't blitz 3 step drops the receiver will rip off a 70 td yac.
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    Why haven't they cut Tandy and Black already? They are horrible and are always blowing coverage!!!!
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    We did not bring pressure and it was a horror show and NE did bring pressure and it was also a horror show. The thing that gets me about that performance is that neither one of those things could have been a mystery. I totally agree that Freeman passed up the hot read probably because he wanted to see if the longer running routes would develop and he can't do that... take what the defense gives you man. It's practically a cliche at this point but it's the truth. The first NE move was to have Tampa prove that their QB could react to the blitz and that was the only move needed in their bag of tricks last night.
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    I agree 100%! He holds onto the ball too damn long looking for the big play instead of keeping the chains moving....The stunts? I don't know what that's about, they need to turn Clayborn loose!!
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    "Ambushed"....that's stating it mildly. Destroyed and out coached is better.
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    I think what the problem is can be summed up in three words! NO PASS RUSH!! You cannot give Brady the time that he had to survey the field and if we do not get more heat on the QB we will not win as many games this year that we think we can. Yes even with a healthy Revis we cannot expect our defensive secondary to hold coverage that long!
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    I was very surprised that Freeman hardly got to play. He definitely needs to play more as he looked very indecisive. Pass rush as usual was very bad. Our backs ups looked good. Glendon, Ovaltree, James, Willis, Smith, and our rookies looked good so there is hope. The starters need to play in Miami for at least a half. I am just going to assume that Revis is 4-6 weeks away from playing and Nicks , Joseph are day to day.
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    Dont know if anyone noticed this or not but the Bucs dont let Orlovsky air it out like they let free and glennon.Orlovsky goes 3 for 3 for 52yds and could have won that game but i think the coach doesnt want a real QB controversy.Orlovsky might be the best overall QB on the team.He has mobility can read defenses and is very accurate.And his arms just as strong as the other guys.Did you guys see that throw he made on the rollout on 3rd and 16 wow thats accuracy on the move.Even in the QB competition at that night practice they said he and glennon were tied for accuracy at the end.This appears to be a legit coverup of Orlovskys ability by Shiano and Dominik.
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    Stop stunting our D-linemen %&$dammit! It doesn't work Schiano and Sherridan, not last year or this year! Just let them go downhill. Oh and Freeman, use your hot read when you feel pressure! I re-watched the clips of Freeman's first couple of sacks and there was someone open after the first two seconds he could have thrown the ball at. The first was Stocker and on the second sack #25 (James I assume) was waiting for the ball in the flat. For all this talk I've heard in the offseason about Freeman being so much more comfortable with the offense it seems to me he has a long, long way to go.
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    Agreed 100%! Let the young kids use their energy and talent to go after a QB...stunts rarely work and require lots of experience to pull off.
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    I can see the logic of playing Glennon so much in the preseason, but our starter looks like he needs more reps then the rookie. I was shocked Schiano didn't give Josh more snaps last night to get him going. I think he might be the only starting Q.B. to not throw a touchdown after two preseason games. Do the Bucs think he'll just be able to turn it on when the games count? He had the same problem last year, to many three, and outs to start the game, slow start, fall behind. I'm beginning to think Mike is Schiano's guy, and will finish the season as the starter.
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