The second of four NFL games scheduled to be played in London during the 2017 season, a matchup between the Dolphins and Saints, figured to be better than the first, in which the Jaguars blew out the Ravens. It was not better. It might have been worse, actually.
The Dolphins, coming off a bad loss to the Jets in Week 3, miserably failed to keep pace in the AFC East, a division for once not led by the Patriots entering Week 4, and got shut out, 20-0. The Saints, coming off their first win of the season against the Panthers in Week 3, rode that momentum and got back to .500.
Sunday’s game, which kicked off at 9:30 a.m. on the east coast, aired nationally on Fox. (So no complaints about Amazon’s live streaming service this week.)
The Patriots regained the lead on a touchdown pass from Brady to Chris Hogan five minutes later.
After New England added a pair of Gostkowski field goals to build a 16-7 lead, the Bucs were unable to convert a second Brady turnover into points. Adarius Glanton came around on a perfectly timed blitz for a strip-sack of Brady late in the third quarter. Defensive end Will Clarke recovered the fumble at the Tampa Bay 47, but seven plays later, Bucs kicker Nick Folk missed a 49-yard field goal attempt.
Folk missed attempts of 56, 49 and 31 yards and has missed five of his last seven attempts.
The Patriots were playing without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was inactive Cheap Jerseys To Design with a bruised thigh. Hogan and Danny Amendola picked up the slack. Each Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site caught eight passes with Amendola going for 77 yards while Hogan had 74 receiving yards and the score.
Hogan’s leaping touchdown was reviewed and, though he landed with his feet at the 1-yard line, he made initial contact with the ball in the end zone and the officials ruled it a score.