A trip across the pond proved fruitless for the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who fell to 0-7 this season with their 35-7 loss to the New England Patriots. Counting last season, the Bucs have lost 11 in a row.
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The Buccaneers on Sunday played to a sellout crowd of more than 84,000 at Wembley in London, England, and it was a home game for them since they gave up a home game in Tampa.
The Patriots jumped ahead early on the fifth play of the game, when safety Brandon Meriweather intercepted a Josh Johnson pass and returned it for a touchdown. Despite Tom Brady's uneven performance in the first half, in which the Patriots' quarterback threw two interceptions, the Bucs couldn't make much headway.
The Bucs' only score came on a 33-yard pass from Johnson to Antonio Bryant near the end of the first half. Johnson finished 9 of 26 for 156 yards and three interceptions. He was taken out midway through the fourth quarter and replaced by rookie Josh Freeman.
Bucs rookie coach Raheem Morris said the team just couldn't stop Brady, who opened the second half with a 73-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a 35-yard touchdown pass. A fourth-quarter touchdown for the Patriots sealed it for the Buccaneers.
The Bucs get nearly two weeks to think it all over, since they have the bye on Sunday and play the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa at 1 p.m. on Nov. 8.
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