FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WWLP) - The New England Patriots took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium, in Week 3 of the 2013 NFL Regular Season.
FINAL SCORE: New England Patriots 23, Tamp Bay Buccaneers 3
The Patriots defeated division rival NY Jets, 13-10, in an ugly offensive, Week 2 game. In Week 1, the Patriots played sloppy football against the Buffalo Bills; winning the game, with 5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, 23-21.
According to the Associated Press, Darrelle Revis haunted and taunted Tom Brady and New England's offense at least twice a year for the past six seasons before the New York Jets traded him to Tampa Bay in April.
Brady and the Patriots finally were free.Then the 2013 schedule was released, revealing a Week 3 matchup against who else? The Buccaneers.
"To go out of our division into the NFC, and of course we get him in Week 3. It's a little bit ironic," Brady said. "He doesn't have any weaknesses. I don't think I've completed many balls on his side of the field very often."
All of a sudden, Tampa Bay has a couple of those playmakers who could cause problems for Brady and New England's struggling offense on Sunday.
The Patriots finished the preseason 3-1, beating the NY Giants, 28-20, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-21, and the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-22. The Patriots did however suffer an embarrassing loss against the Detroit Lions, losing 40-9.
In the 2012 NFL Season, the Patriots ended the regular season with a 12-4 record, making it to the the AFC Championship. Unfortunately they lost to the Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens, who played in the 2013 NFL season game opener, and lost to the Denver Broncos, 49-27.
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