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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots: Week 3 Observations

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Running back Brandon Bolden helped keep New England’s offense moving this week. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots remain undefeated after an impressive defensive performance and a relatively more encouraging offensive game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dominated the initial phase of the game but fell behind following injuries to their top two receiving options, wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Read on for five of the most relevant occurrences in this afternoon’s victory.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots: Ten Keys to Week 3

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson dominated New England while playing for San Diego; he presents a unique challenge for former Buccaneer Aqib Talib this week. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Despite narrowly escaping from contests with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the season’s first two weeks, the New England Patriots will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this afternoon in what should be their most difficult matchup yet. Although Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay team is 0-2 and currently dealing with rumors of discord between Schiano and his players, the Buccaneers could easily be 2-0 at this juncture and boast a roster loaded with the type of talent that could give New England fits: an imposing defensive front led by elite defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a vastly improved secondary which features shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and talented safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson, a running game led by Doug Martin and which will likely feature the return of left guard Carl Nicks, and a talented receiving corps built around 6’5″, 230-pound vertical threat Vincent Jackson. Read on for ten keys to this week’s contest, which should demand vastly improved execution from New England’s roster.

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New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ten Keys to Preseason Week 2

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Could rookie punter Ryan Allen wrap up the starting punting job? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Tonight, the New England Patriots will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first of two scheduled contests this season; read on for ten keys to New England’s second exhibition of the season.

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Bill Belichick’s Affinity for Greg Schiano, Rutgers Should Be Questioned

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The New England Patriots’ 2013 draft strategy was clearly influenced by Bill Belichick’s relationship with Greg Schiano. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick were a team considered to be ahead of the curve when it came to the NFL draft.

From consistently finding diamonds in the rough who became team building blocks, to mastering the art of trading up and down the draft board for better value, the Patriots laid the foundation for three NFL championships and five Super Bowl appearances in an 11-year span.

But as the rest of the league has caught up, with teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks making brilliant offseason moves translate into on-field success, the Patriots are at risk of falling behind.

As a result of Belichick’s success at the beginning of the century, winning three Super Bowls in the first five years of the millennium, he has typically received benefit of the doubt. Belichick’s decisions are ultimately expected to be for the better — understandably given his accolades — even if they are unexpected or unconventional.

That said, it’s time to start looking past the benefit of the doubt, with the Patriots now eight years removed from their last Super Bowl title. Specifically, the decision to use three of seven draft picks on Rutgers players, coinciding with an apparently burgeoning friendship between Belichick and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, should raise a red flag.

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