The undrafted rookie flashed some of his preseason magic, hauling in a pair of first-half touchdowns from Brady in a game that saw New England's defense do the rest:
Here's what else we learned:
- One of Brady's uglier moments was ripped from Brandon Weeden's playbook: Early in the third, the Patriots quarterback locked in on rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld, tossing into double coverage for his only pick of the day. Thompkins and Julian Edelman were wide open; Sudfeld was double-covered. A rare poor decision that cost New England points.
- New England's ground game overpowered Tampa's run defense for 156 yards on 33 carries (4.7 average). But my favorite run of the day? How about Brady pushing his way for a first-down carry on third-and-1 from the Tampa 8. He came into the season 88 for 91 on rushing attempts with one or two yards to go. Brady's successful attempt led to his second scoring strike to Thompkins.