5 Reasons Why New England Patriots Will Win Week 3
5 Reasons Patriots Will Win Week 3
It is the general consensus that the New England Patriots are an ugly 2-0. The Pats barely squeaked out wins against the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, beating the two rebuilding teams by a combined five points.
And now the Patriots face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that, despite being 0-2, is arguably in better shape than the Jets and Bills. One could even argue that the Bucs are in better shape than the Patriots.
The two losses that Tampa Bay suffered were of the fluky variety. One was because Buccaneers' outside linebacker Lavonte David made a dumb move by pushing Jets' quarterback Geno Smith as Smith ran out-of-bounds. Then, the Bucs had the New Orleans Saints beaten until placekicker Rian Lindell missed a 46-yard field goal with just a over a minute left in the game.
So the Buccaneers are a deceiving 0-2, and the Patriots are a deceiving 2-0. This time, the Patriots aren't facing a rookie quarterback. Josh Freeman has a lot more experience than E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith. The weapons on the Buccaneers' offense, particularly Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson, are more dangerous than any duo that Bill Belichick has seen so far. And the Buccaneers' defense is much improved, as evidenced by its outing against Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Simply put, the cards are more stacked against the Patriots than in Week 1 and Week 2. But the bottom line is which team will win on Sunday. It will be the Patriots, and here's why.
5. Left Side of Bucs' Offensive Line is Questionable
Left tackle Donald Penn has been struggling with his weight while left guard Carl Nicks will be playing with a toe injury. This must be music to the ears of Chandler Jones, Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.
4. Tampa Doesn't Have Much Pass Rush
Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim don't really strike much fear into opposing offensive linemen. Tom Brady will be able to sit back and pick apart the Tampa Bay secondary unless Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan dials up a blitz.
3. Other Options Aside From Revis Island
Cornerbacks Leonard Johnson and Johnthan Banks both struggle in coverage. If either one goes down, the lack of depth that the Bucs have at cornerback will be exposed.
2. Bill Belichick Had 10 Days to Prepare
Belichick is historically good when he has extra time to prepare for an upcoming game. This time is no different, as he will have plenty of time to prepare for Josh Freeman. Speaking of which...
1. Josh Freeman Is Overrated
Freeman's play has held the Buccaneers back. If he wasn't so inaccurate and prone to interceptions, Tampa Bay could easily be 2-0 right now. He should hold the Bucs back again against a much-improved Patriots defense.