Postgame notes from the Patriots win over Tampa Bay
|08.19.11 at 2:52 am ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here are some quick notes in the wake of New England’s 31-14 win over Tampa Bay Thursday night:
‘¢The Patriots are 2-0 to start the preseason for the second straight year following the 31-14 win against Tampa Bay.
‘¢The Patriots win was just their second in nine preseason games against the Buccaneers. The Patriots are now 2-7 against the Buccaneers in the preseason. The Patriots are 5-2 against Tampa Bay in the regular season.
‘¢The Patriots starting units made their preseason debut after most of the starting units did not play in the first preseason game vs. Jacksonville.
‘¢QB Tom Brady made his 2011 preseason debut and led the Patriots on three scoring drives in his first three series, including a 16-yard touchdown pass to TE Aaron Hernandez and an 8-yard touchdown pass to WR Chad Ochocinco to culminate the first two drives.
‘¢Brady played the entire first half and helped the Patriots take a 28-0 lead. He finished the game 11-of-19 for 118 yards with two touchdown passes.
‘¢Newly acquired WR Chad Ochocino made his Patriots debut and was in the starting lineup in a three wide receiver set. His first reception as a Patriot was an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter.
‘¢The Patriots offense finished with 200 rushing yards rushing on 36 attempts for a 5.6 yard average. Last season, the Patriots gained 200 or more yards in both wins against Buffalo.
‘¢RB Danny Woodhead had five carries for 63 yards for a12.6-yard average in first half play. He had three runs of 10 or more yards with runs of 29, 1`4 and 12.
‘¢RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on two 1-yard touchdown runs in the first half. In 2010, Green-Ellis had three games with two touchdowns. Green-Ellis finished with 11 carries for 51 yards for a 4.6-yard average.
‘¢Third-round draft pick RB Stevan Ridley led the team in rushing with 84 yards rushing on 14 carries for a 6.0-yard average. In the preseason-opener vs. Jacksonville, Ridley led the team with 64 yards on 16 carries.
‘¢For the second straight game, rookie K Chris Koepplin handled the kickoff duties, while K Stephen Gostkowski handled the field goals and extra points.
‘¢Gostkowski is perfect on three field goals of 40 or more yards in the 2011 preseason following field goals of 46 and 43 yards vs. Jacksonville and a 44-yard field goal against Tampa Bay.