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Patriots beat Bucs 23-3

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  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) breaks up a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes to Kenbrell Thompkins, finally getting in sync with his rookie receivers and leading the New England Patriots to a 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Thompkins, an undrafted free agent, scored on plays of 16 and 5 yards, while Aaron Dobson, a second-round draft pick, finished with seven catches for 52 yards for the Patriots (3-0).

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The Patriots led 17-3 at halftime as the Buccaneers (0-3) wasted several opportunities.

They turned the ball over twice on downs, Rian Lindell missed a 38-yard field goal attempt before making a 30-yarder and Josh Freeman threw an interception to former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib with 11 seconds left in the first half.

Three plays later, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

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