Bucs Shredded by Pats in London 35-7


The Bucs hoped that playing overseas would change their luck on what has become a long 2009 season. Instead after seeing Pats QB Tom Brady throw three touchdowns against the bad Bucs secondary, the team is better off playing in the states. Sunday in England the Bucs fell to 0-7, and now have lost 11 in a row, losing to New England 35-7.

About the only interesting thing to come from the latest Bucs setback was seeing first-round pick QB Josh Freeman for the first time. He played the final nine minutes of the game and completed two of four passes for 16 yards while getting sacked twice.

Otherwise, it was another long day. The Pats got off to a fast start and never looked back. S Brandon Meriweather returned the first of two first-quarter interceptions for a 39-yard touchdown. Then is was Brady’s turn, as he added touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Sam Aiken to give New England a 21-0 lead four minutes into the second quarter.

A two-minute drill made it 21-7 as QB Josh Johnson threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to WR Antonio Bryant. The game was put out of reach a few minutes later though as after halftime Brady threw a 35-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson, then in the final period the Pats wrapped up the win on a one-yard Laurence Maroney run.

Will Freeman get his first start after the bye week on November 8th vs the Packers? Johnson, who was 9-of-26 for 156 yards and a touchdown, sounded like it could happen. “I told (Morris), ‘You don’t have to say anything.’ I understand,” Johnson said. “It’s just the same situation as Byron (Leftwich). If we don’t win games, maybe Josh is going to play.”

And for the 0-7 Bucs, it may be the only thing left interesting to watch in the 2009 season.


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