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Friday, August 16, 2013
Observation deck: Buccaneers-Patriots

By Pat Yasinskas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pushed Tom Brady around in a joint practice Wednesday. On Friday night, the New England quarterback hit back, carving up Tampa Bay’s first-team defense in a 25-21 New England win.

Brady had to leave Wednesday’s practice when Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn pushed New England tackle Nate Solder into Brady’s knee. Brady had to leave practice, but it quickly was discovered that no damage was done.

Solder and the rest of New England’s offensive line protected Brady to a near-perfect night. At one point, New England had run 23 offensive plays while the Bucs had run only three. Brady finished 11-of-12 for 107 yards and one touchdown before leaving at the end of the first quarter.

Granted, the Bucs were without cornerback Darrelle Revis. But this defense has to improve dramatically for Tampa Bay to have a chance when these teams meet again in the third week of the regular season.

Some other quick observations on the Bucs: