Folk also had an ugly game in Week 4 (2 of 4), but the Buccaneers were likely willing to overlook it because he hit the winning 34-yard field goal as time expired.
This is something which the Patriots will be seeking to make sure it doesn't happen very quickly, and as we have seen by a Bill Belichick lead New England team in the past, they're able to overcome whatever adversity is thrown at them.
The Bucs offense is not exactly advanced algebra, but that defense allowed more than 300 passing yards (334) for the fifth straight game and five more chunk plays of 20 yards or more.
Tom Brady arrived and Tom Brady conquered yet again, but there were some issues here and there. The running game struggled to salt the game away. The offense appeared to be clicking just fine, but the defense left so much to be desired and was a huge reason that they had fallen out of favor with oddsmakers to be the top choice to win a championship this year.
Going into Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay, the Patriots have a defense that can't stop anyone, that makes every quarterback look bound for the Hall of Fame, that leaves gaping holes in the line, in the secondary and in the end zone.
Buccaneers: Played with three defensive starters - LBs Lavonte David (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (hamstring), and S Keith Tandy (hip). Danny Amendola hauled in all eight of his targets for 77 yards, continuing to look like the wideout that Brady trusts most so far this season. The Patriots survived Thursday night. Through four games he leads the National Football League in passing yards (1,399) and touchdown passes (10, tied with Aaron Rodgers), and is second in quarterback rating (116.6). "I've been a part of lot of teams that we didn't score many points but we won the game anyway, and there were games where we scored a lot of points and we got a win", Brady added.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter, striving for balance between the run and pass offensively, said he was pleased with what Martin brought in his first game back. After almost shutting out Chicago in the opener, they have given up 57 points to Minnesota and the New York Giants in the last two games. It raised the number of total sacks allowed by the Patriots through five games to 16 - one more than Brady took in 12 games a year ago. The Patriots are now 2-2 on the season after some people predicted that they may never lose a game at all during the regular season. Odd use of the third person aside, he should be right. Throw in a possible big play from deep threat wideout DeSean Jackson and they could put up big numbers. Winston had 225 yards and his seventh TD of the season in the final 15 minutes. His workload should only increase from here. "Coming off a tough game on Sunday and going on the road Thursday night, I thought they really responded with a great effort".