The Patriots' season to some appeared to be in big trouble on Wednesday when Tom Brady went down in a joint practice against the Buccaneers after being tripped by Nate Solder. After all the tests and MRI's, Pats' fans can breathe as Brady practiced Thursday with a knee brace without a limp and will likely play on Friday night (8:00 ET, FOX) against the Bucs.
As for the on-the-field action, the Patriots looked strong on offense against the Eagles last week. Brady was 7-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown, but it was the running game that stood out with 248 yards of rushing, including a 62 yard run on the first play by Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount running for 101 yards on 11 carries, and a touchdown. The defense left a lot to be desired in the secondary as Michael Vick and Nick Foles continued to make big plays down the field.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into 2013 with a revamped secondary due to the signing of safety Da'Shon Goldson and trading for former Jets' cornerback Darrelle Revis. They have one of the rising young running backs in Doug Martin. However, the big question in Tampa for head coach Greg Schiano surrounds quarterback Josh Freeman as he has thrown 63 career interceptions in 57 games. Freeman will need to protect the football to give Tampa a chance in the NFC South. Plus, it didn't help him that, according to people at practice this week, that Tim Tebow looked better than Freeman on Wednesday,
The one thing to watch in this game is how long the starters play for both of these teams considering these teams will play each other in the regular season a month from now at Foxboro in Week 3.
With that being said, here are three keys I am watching in Friday's preseason game:no comments