TAMPA -- Quick-hit thoughts after the second quarter of the Patriots' preseason game against the Buccaneers, with New England leading 28-0:
1. Quarterback Tom Brady played the entire first half, along with the rest of the starters. While it was an overall solid performance, Brady won't like how it ended, as the offense couldn't get it going in the two-minute situation at the end of the half.
2. Total snaps for receiver Chad Ochocinco (including penalties) -- 24. He had an extended break at the start of the team's fifth drive, with Deion Branch and Wes Welker playing in two-receiver sets as the Patriots focused on the run game. Otherwise, he was in the mix regularly.
3. Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo has been in attack mode tonight. When you see him playing like this, and consider some of the scheme alterations the Patriots have made this year, the changes seem to suit him well.
4. Another player who looks to be in top form -- running back Danny Woodhead. Combined with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the running game has had it going tonight. Green-Ellis has been a bull inside the 20.
5. Safety Bret Lockett joins linebacker Dane Fletcher as a health situation to monitor. Fletcher came out after just two plays in the game (thumb injury) and isn't expected to return, while Lockett was carted off the field after he went down on a punt in the second quarter with what appeared to be a groin injury.
6. The Buccaneers finally brought the heat on quarterback Tom Brady on the Patriots' fourth drive. Brady absorbed two low hits on the drive. It was the most pressure Brady faced all night. The Patriots turned to the running game on the next drive and resumed dominating the action.
7. First-round draft choice Nate Solder has seemed to hold his own at left tackle, getting beaten once on the two-minute drive at the end of the first half (in fairness, Brady seemed to hold on to the ball a little long). Overall, the offensive line has been powerful in the running game.
8. This type of performance reflects well on the Patriots' front-line talent and coaching. Patriots coach Bill Belichick was giving out plenty of atta-boys after the lead was upped to 28-0 and the players came back to the sideline after the extra point.