The 2-0 New England Patriots host the 0-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday but Bill Belichick doesn’t necessarily see the matchup that way.

“I really feel like we’re playing a 2-0 team” he said on a Monday morning conference call.

While Belichick regularly talks up the strengths of opponents he could make a strong case for the Buccaneers being a play or two away from being undefeated.

In their 18-17 season-opening road loss to the Jets a personal foul penalty on linebacker Lavonte David (hitting quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds) moved the Jets into field-goal range with two seconds remaining. If there was no penalty the Buccaneers probably win the game. The Jets had started their final drive at their own 20-yard line with 34 seconds remaining.

And in Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Saints at home the Buccaneers had the ball at the New Orleans 29-yard line with 1:10 remaining. They held a 14-13 lead at the time but when kicker Rian Lindell missed a 47-yard field goal it opened the door for an improbable Saints comeback; New Orleans drove 54 yards on five plays to set up a game-winning 27-yard field goal at the final gun.

A few other points from Belichick’s conference call.