So much for that "worst 2-0 team in the NFL" jazz.

The Patriots are still unbeaten today and now they seem much worthier of the distinction. After a stumbling start the Patriots -- for the first time all season -- began clicking on all cylinders in the second quarter and coasted to a 23-3 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It was another superlative effort from the defense which has only allowed three touchdowns in three games this season but perhaps more noteworthy was the work of the rookie receivers. After a weak showing against the Jets that reportedly had Tom Brady contacting some of his old pass-catchers to see if they were looking for work Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins combined for 10 catches 93 yards and 2 touchdowns.

"We had a good week of practice" said defensive captain Vince Wilfork "and it showed today . . . It feels good to go out and execute the way we executed."

Brady was also back on track completing 25-of-36 passes for 225 yards. His day was married only by an end-zone interception in the third quarter that could have made his stats and the final score even more gaudy.

"It was fun to be out there" said Brady. "Fun to see us play a little bit better."

The first quarter was a continuation of the first eight this season in which the Pats' offense managed only two first downs and was outgained 105-31. It was a tribute to the defense that the only thing the Bucs were able to come away with was a 30-yard field goal by Rian Lindell and a 3-0 lead . . . though Lindell missing a 38-yard field goal on Tampa Bay's first drive certainly helped.

"We got off to a bit of a slow start" said Brady. "We just didn't convert some meaningful third downs. When you don't do it you're off the field and you're punting the ball to the other team.