It hasn't been pretty for the New England Patriots (2-0), but nevertheless the team has been able to win the first two games due to the defense forcing turnovers in some key situations. As for the offense, Tom Brady still is trying to find somebody besides Julian Edelman to throw the ball too in a big spot. It did not help last week that the struggles of rookies Kembrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson continued to surface with all the drops that each receiver had.
As for potential reinforcements, tight end Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 for this game as he is still recovering from the back surgery and Danny Amendola will miss two to six weeks with a sports hernia injury that, so far, will not require surgery. This means that the rookies will have another week to try to form some synergy for Brady. Hopefully, the star quarterback will have some more patience with his wide receiver this week. As for the matchup on Sunday(1:00 ET, FOX), the Patriots' opponent has had a circus of their own over the last couple of weeks and is led by another mediocre quarterback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2) come into Foxboro after losing their first two games by a total of five points. This is a team that brought in Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson to improve their secondary in the offseason against quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees in the division. However, the past two weeks have seen Revis needing a 15 minute meeting to clear the air with head coach Greg Schiano about how the former Jets' cornerback is being used. It has seen a division between the head coach and quarterback Josh Freeman as Freeman has seen his captaincy been taken away and has overslept for the team photo. This is still a talented offense, but the quarterback could be the one thing holding Tampa back from being a contender in the NFC South.
Here are my three keys to this Sunday's matchup in Foxboro:no comments