"Just play smart, be on the same page and not have mental errors". I thought they really stepped up from a leadership standpoint in that group and did a great job for us.
Nothing about this week's win was impressive, but it's enough to build on, a starting point for the Patriots defense to get better.
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 last two weeks hasn't exactly been what you're looking for".
This time, Folk missed a 56-yarder just before halftime, a 49-yarder on the second play of the fourth quarter and a 31-yarder that would have pulled the Bucs within six points with 5:36 remaining.
Winston? He was continually off his mark, often overthrowing receivers until padding stats on the last two drives of desperation. Left cornerback Malcolm Butler (West Alabama) made four tackles and broke up a pass, right defensive end Trey Flowers (Columbia) had three tackles, including a sack, and two quarterback hits and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (Alabama) made two tackles. Finally off suspension, he gave a preview to what could be a monster season with 74 yards and a touchdown on only 13 carries.
On the first drive of the game Patriots quarterback, #Tom Brady threw an extremely uncharacteristic interception.
Meanwhile, the Patriots will be without Gronkowski, who was on New England's inactive list. I just wanted to recognize it because I think sometimes you just see it play out on the field. "We were in a position to win the game". It's winning. Winning with superior game plans, solid special teams, a stingy defense and even field goals. "That's what team football is all about". The Patriots are coming off a loss to the Carolina Panthers last week and the defense has looked vulnerable. "[Giving up] a lot fewer points, you got a chance to win". "We did that today". On Thursday night (Oct. 5), #Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 19-14 victory over the #Tampa Bay Buccaneers, despite being without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.
This will be the first time the Patriots play a regular season game at Raymond James Stadium. He also has 25 postseason victories.
The Patriots' star tight end was a late addition to the team's injury report Wednesday and had been listed as questionable for the game. We're playing like three days before Sunday on Thursday night.