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Game Day – Week 6: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Packers enter the game coming off a 30-16 win over the Falcons to improve to 4-0, first in the NFC North. They are one of only five remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL. Tampa Bay is coming off a tough loss to the Bears, 20-19, to drop to 3-2, first in the NFC South.

Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers offensive attack, having completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 1214 yards and 13 touchdowns, without an interception. Davante Adams has 17 receptions and two touchdown receptions, while Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for 25 catches for 464 yards and three touchdowns. In the red zone, tight end Robert Tonyan has been dominating, hauling in five touchdowns.

On the ground, running back Aaron Jones has gashed defenses for 374 yards and 5.8 per carry with four touchdowns. Add in another two as a receiver and he is another key component to the Packers attack that is averaging 38 points per game, good for 5th in the NFL. Kicker Mason Crosby has contributed nicely, hitting all eight of his field goal attempts.

Defensively, the Packers are in the middle of the pack in points allowed, giving up 25.3 points per game. They have racked up 12 quarterback sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles.

For the Buccaneers, Tom Brady is coming to life after a shaky start. He has thrown for 1375 yards and 12 touchdowns, while being intercepted four times. Mike Evans is clearly his favorite target, connecting with him 22 times, six of which have gone for touchdowns. In typical Brady fashion, he’s spreading the wealth, as six players have at least 10 receptions.

On the ground, Ronald Jones has accumulated 359 yards at 4.9 yards per attempt, while veteran Leonard Fournette has added 123 yards and over five per carry. In the kicking game, Ryan Succop has converted on 9-of-11 field goal attempts. It all adds up to an offense that is 9th in scoring at 27.8 points per game.

Defensively, the Buccaneers can bring the heat. They have recorded 17 sacks this season. Jason Pierre-Paul leads the group of seven with multiple sacks, having registered four. Tampa Bay has a knack for the ball, having intercepted six passes and forced five fumbles. In total, they have the second-best defense in terms of points allowed, giving up just 22.4 per contest.

This game marks the first meeting between the two teams since December 3, 2017. The Packers won that game in overtime, 26-20.

A Few Things to Know:

* This is Green Bay’s first visit to Tampa since a 20-3 win in 2014 in Week 16

* This will mark the third time that Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have faced off as starting quarterbacks

* The Packers are on a nine-game regular-season winning streak, the longest current streak in the NFC and Green Bay’s longest winning streak since 2010-11 (15 games). It is tied for the fifth-longest regular-season winning streak in franchise history.

* Sunday marks the 56th overall meeting between these former NFC Central rivals, including the postseason. They launched the series in 1977, when the expansion Bucs moved to the Packers’ division after an inaugural 1976 campaign in the AFC West.

* Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett served as the Buccaneers’ quarterbacks coach from 2006-07

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers scrambles

Jan 12, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) is pressured by Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Poona Ford (97) in the first quarter of a NFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Rooney

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  1. Jason Parker October 18, 2020

    Wow, the Vikings really suck…

    1. Ferris October 18, 2020

      Captain Kirk the Bazillion dollar QB.

    2. Kato October 18, 2020

      Yeah, and a team up against the cap, in a league that will likely have a salary cap next year that’s $20 million less than this year. Godspeed. Hopefully Killer has lots of lube

    3. Skinny October 18, 2020

      The looovvve boat soon we’ll be making another run! The looovvvee boat promises something for everyone!

  2. Howard October 18, 2020

    It has been since near the end of the first half of the Vikings game that the Packers defense has been without Clark. I anticipate that Clark is going to show why he was paid so much money. Clark should cause push up the middle and help those around him including but not limited to Z. I think Clark is really going to help the defense.
    A couple of other players I’m curious to see how they play are Patrick and Turner. Patrick, and specifically Turner are going to see their best competition by far. I hope they hold up well. I anticipate a lot of two and three TE sets and some jet fly motion. Tampa defense flows very well to the ball so misdirection again is the key.

  3. Kato October 18, 2020

    Welp, this is a game that will define Josh Jackson’s career potentially

  4. MMSUCKS October 18, 2020

    Forcing the ball to Adams per usual . . . Wow. In four plays the Packers go from 10 to 0 . . . To 10 to 14. Rodgers had 4 ints. all year last year. He has 2 in four plays today.

    1. Kato October 18, 2020

      Yeah. Idk. I feel like that hit on the goal line might have screwed him up? Idk, but he has been pretty bad since that TD drive

  5. Kato October 18, 2020

    Man. Is it me, or is it ever since Rodgers took that hit on the goal line he has been off?

  6. Ferris October 18, 2020

    This may go from 10-0 to 28-10
    Will bring the hype down.

    1. Ferris October 18, 2020

      I meant 38-10.

  7. Kato October 18, 2020

    Rodgers has to be hurt. That ball to MVS should have been a TD. He underthrew him.

    1. PF4L October 18, 2020

      Look at the pocket right before he passed, he was getting closed in. Rodgers is getting absolutely hammered today.
      As i read some post, i’ll probably learn it’s because he holds the ball too long.

      1. Kato October 18, 2020

        So he isn’t playing poorly for whatever reason?

        1. PF4L October 18, 2020

          Of course he’s playing poorly.
          Watch the pocket on offense the 1st 4 games, then re-watch the pocket in this game and tell me if he see any differences.

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          2. Kato October 18, 2020

            Lol ok. That’s all on offensive line and not Rodgers. Didn’t Deshaun Watson set an NFL record for being sacked and he still was successful?
            You can’t give Rodgers all the credit weeks 1-4 with an excellent offensive line and then blame everything on the offensive line when he plays poorly. Then again i am an adult

          3. PF4L October 18, 2020

            Listen Kato…lets go through this one last time….slowly.
            I said above your post, Rodgers played poorly.
            I have given the O line credit in the past, everyone that reads my post knows that. I’m sure you do also. Even though you act like i haven’t. DON’t make shit up like you have in the past and speak for me. I have given the defense credit. I have given the coaching staff credit. You know that.
            Since your an adult…let me explain something to you. Believe it or not, there is a direct correlation between how the O line performs and the QB performs. Do you understand how they are related or shall someone explain it to you so you also, can understand.
            Deshaun Watson was successful?…..What did he win?
            Do you know who took 50 sacks one season, and 51 sacks another season and threw 69 TD’s against 15 picks those 2 seasons?
            Hint: it wasn’t Deshaun Watson.
            That was the nice version.
            Now….understand something.
            If you want to come at me with something real, then please….. feel free.

            If……..you want to come at me with false narratives, made up lies, speaking for me, putting words in my mouth….that program is officially over.
            You will not find me as nice and forgiving as i have been in the past. Make no mistake….this is the last time.
            If it continues, you will get my response, HOWEVER i want to give it.
            IF..you have a problem with it and it hurts your feelings, then have JP ban me, because i don’t GAF. It’s over and done. I’ve given you passes over the years, that program is over.

  8. PF4L October 18, 2020

    Tim Boyle might want to get warmed up. If the Packers get behind anymore the Bucs defense will just tee off on him in the 2nd half.

    1. PF4L October 18, 2020

      More than they have i mean.
      I don’t have any facts to back this up, but it seems like Rodgers has landed on his ass more times in this game, than in the previous 4 games combined.

  9. Skinny October 18, 2020

    Fire Pettine. Hire Fat Patrica after this season.

  10. PF4L October 18, 2020

    If they aren’t going deep, i’m not sure why Rodgers is still in, give Boyle some snaps.

  11. PF4L October 18, 2020

    If Rodgers aint happy…aint nobody happy!!

  12. Cheese October 18, 2020

    The Packers were fun to watch through four games. That’s because the teams they played were bottom feeders. Before this week the Packers opponents had a combined record of 5-14. If you exclude the Saints it goes to 2-12. Sure, GB beat the Falcons without Adams and Lazard but come on… it’s the damn Falcons, whose DB’s were down to 3rd stringers.
    The defense has zero sacks or turnovers thus far in the game and by now it doesn’t even matter when your opponent is up by 28. Not saying this is the end all be all, but whenever GB plays quality teams EVERYTHING falls apart. It’s not like “hey, they were down by ten in the 4th but made a comeback. Good job guys.” It’s more like “screw it, they’re down by thirty at halftime and no one is making plays on either side of the ball.”

    1. Ferris October 19, 2020

      Bottom feeders is being nice. Minnesota may only win 1 game. We all knew it before the season but the 4-0 start looks like something that it isn’t….legitimate.

  13. PF4L October 18, 2020

    Mike Pettine: Phew….i’m glad they didn’t score to end the game.

  14. Kato October 18, 2020

    That’s a team loss. Yeah, Rodgers was awful, but the defense gave up. That was not good. Not giving up on this team after one had game as I think they can still go where they want to go. And I think the awful game by Rodgers was an aberration. People may want to blame O Line but Rodgers threw those picks on his own. Another reminder he is a mortal QB

    1. PF4L October 18, 2020

      The first pick was on Rodgers, the 2nd was a fluke. But he could have had 1 or 2 more.
      There was nothing wrong with the O line, they looked really, really, really, really good. The O line didn’t throw those picks Rodgers did.
      Rodgers is too old, he’s lost it, he’s washed up.
      I don’t know where these crazy ass fans think that the O line play has anything to do with the QB play. Morons.

  15. PF4L October 18, 2020

    Justin Jefferson…9 catches,166 yards, 2 TD’s. Glad we didn’t end up with that dude and have to wait until he developed.

    1. Kato October 18, 2020

      Lol. Ok. That wouldn’t have made a difference

  16. Kato October 18, 2020

    Packers fans have the most broad stroke complaints ever, the team got outcoached, horrible game plan, didn’t give a shit, ect. They sucked. It is what it is. Rodgers sucked balls. So did the O line, and the defense after they fell behind

    1. PF4L October 18, 2020

      Nobody said Rodgers played well…he didn’t, we get it…no shit

    2. Skinny October 18, 2020

      Was hoping we put all that shit to rest after last season but i guess not. And say what you want about Suh but that fucker gets in guys heads and brings an edge which the Packers dont have. Ive never seen Rodgers get more flustered and animated then when he plays against Suh. Its just unreal. Rodgers will go out of his way during games to talk shit to Suh. Never seen him do that to any other player other then him and Suh knows hes got him, that hes getting to him when he does that. Suh loves it.

      1. PF4L October 18, 2020

        If Suh stayed home to beat up the kids in his neighborhood, i think the end result would be the same.

      2. KzooPackFan October 18, 2020

        You are absolutely right about this…

        1. PF4L October 18, 2020

          Its hard G D work my friend :)

  17. PF4L October 18, 2020

    I’m not exactly shocked. I wrote a post predicting that Rodgers would get his first pick in this game because i knew this was a different level of defense they faced so far.
    It didn’t submit because my internet went out. Happens once in awhile.
    It was a fun little ride, and they’ll still do well against lesser teams.
    But….we were once again reminded, where this team is in the pecking order.
    If the offense is having trouble, can the fucking defense show up, maybe cause a fumble, get a sack, maybe get a pick, any kind of turnover?
    Tampa defense: 5 sacks, 13 QB hits, 6 passes defended.
    Packers defense: 0 sacks, 4 QB hits, 0 passes defended
    Dominating and….embarrassing.
    How many years of high draft picks spent on defense, how much money spent in free agency, and this is our defense?

  18. PF4L October 18, 2020

    Looking at the box score on defense….
    After the first two columns of total and solo tackles, are 5 columns of other stats that include Sacks, TFL, PD, QB hits, TD’s.
    In those 5 columns i’ve never seen so many zero’s after a game that i can recall.
    Maybe, just maybe, sometime in the near future…someone from the Board of Directors will again make a “recommendation” to Mark Murphy, that a change should take place. Hopefully two changes, if you can read between the lines.

  19. PF4L October 18, 2020

    PF4L October 15, 2020
    Ok…looks like some voice of reason is needed.
    Lets put the brakes on comparing this offense to the 2011 offense. That’s an insult to the 2011 offense.
    This offense has done it for 4 games, 25% of the season. Against teams with a combined 5-14 record.
    The 2011 offense sustained it for 16 games. Lets not take this team, 4 games, 3 sad teams and declare this team “currently” better than the 2011 offense….C’MON MAN!

  20. NobodysBurfect October 18, 2020

    There are many fans on this site who know more about this game than I do, but I will say this; as a Chicagoan who has watched nearly every Bears game for the last 15 years, I can tell you that it’s completely possible to win games even with subpar QB play. A-Rod will catch hell for this game, but this was a team loss.

    Petition to nickname Pettine “Garbanzo Bean Dom Capers” – thoughts?

    1. PF4L October 18, 2020

      There are many who don’t….
      It’s possible, it’s been done before when teams have a top 5 defense.
      Would you believe me if i told you there was a QB who won a SB by throwing for only 169 yards, 0 Td’s, 2 interceptions, and a 22.6 passer rating?

      1. Jason Parker October 19, 2020

        “There are many who don’t….”

        *looks around nervously*

        1. NobodysBurfect October 19, 2020

          [Dave the Lions fan has entered the chat]

      2. PF4L October 19, 2020

        But just to keep it real. The Green Bay Packers are in no danger of having a top 5 defense.
        Maybe it’s time we devote more draft capital and free agency cash towards the defense..
        Can we please….stop ignoring the defense.

    2. MMSUCKS October 18, 2020

      I think that you are being too kind with the name . . . With that said, Pettine is definitely not endearing himself to the Packer faithful. However I will give him this; TT (The Frugal GM) and Gutekunst HAVE NOT supplied any defensive coordinator with the requisite talent NEEDED to compete with the top teams. They couldn’t pick a great ILB or D lineman stud if they were the only available people in the draft . . . They would trade them away. They cannot assess linebacker and D lineman to save their lives.

  21. NobodysBurfect October 19, 2020

    So here’s an honest question – what the fuck has Murphy been doing this whole year? I mean our president who stays out of football operations – seeing as covid probably shot down development around GB (I could be wrong because I’m not local), but my question remains; what has he been doing? Because @MMSUCKS & @PF4L, I’m with you two – dysfunction starts at the top, and the team is going through the same cycle we’ve been in for years.

    1. Ferris October 19, 2020

      Counting cash reserves. It all about money and sledding.

  22. Kato October 19, 2020

    The buccaneers had 38 points before they even had 300 yards of offense. The offense had how many three and outs? This is mostly on the offense. Should the defense have made some big plays themselves? Absolutely. That’s what they (the Packers) have invested a lot of draft capital and free agency money into for. Preston Smith was invisible again. Keke hasn’t really built on that one good game. I am questioning Mike Pettine the coordinator. He needs to bring blitzes and be aggressive. On the gronk TD, he only rushed three, after they had been struggling to get pressure all game long. The ravens blitz on something like 42% of plays.
    Now on to the offense. Rodgers was awful. And he is blaming the wind for his first pick. Jesus christ, grow the fuck up and be a man. I saw the replays of you staring down Adams before throwing it, the corner read you like a book. Own up to your mistake pussy. Speaking of, here we go again with the offense seemingly stalling upon Adams return to the lineup. Was this because Rodgers was looking his way more and not looking to his other options? I don’t know, it didn’t seem that way. Also worth noting, going into this game, when the Packers use motion they average twice as many yards per play than when they don’t. They barely used motion yesterday, but when they did, it was successful. The big Jamal Williams run. The near big completion to Aaron Jones when he ran the jet motion and ran a wheel route off of it ( if Rodgers had thrown the ball sooner that was a completion). Do you mean to tell me that only Tyler Ervin is capable of running the jet motion, and no one else? Like, what happens when he gets hurt, like yesterday? Do you have no backup plan for that role? Seems like using motion is a good way to freeze those LBs for TB to make them respect that guy and give your blockers a chance to head them off. The scripted offense was awesome the first two drives and certainly looked like they were scoring at least 30 points. Then just shit their pants. Too many three and outs. Unacceptable performance.
    Sorry PF4L, I was pissed off last night

  23. PF4L October 19, 2020

    Where are most games won or lost?
    ” By the middle of the third quarter the Packers had been battered into submission, no longer able to put up a fight. The Packers offensive line was stampeded by a Bucs front seven that resembled a herd of cattle answering a dinner bell. Aaron Rodgers was, literally, beaten up and looked woozy, as though he had just lost a street fight. The result was bad decisions, inaccuracy, holding the ball, and taking brutal sacks. His passer rating was a shocking 35.4, which was about the number of times he was hit. ” – anonymous.

  24. PF4L October 19, 2020

    As i posted pre-game, the Bucs would give the Packers all they could handle. In turn i said…whether the Packers won or lost, the results weren’t going to be shocking to me.
    To be angry over this game is not realizing where your team is, and what they have proven or not proven, against varying degree’s of competition.
    It was more than clear the Bucs game plan was to bury Rodgers (at least after the 1st quarter). The Packers didn’t have an answer for that at anytime past the first quarter, from the coaches on down.
    You enjoy the ride while it’s good, while realizing that some teams will provide a tougher test than this years queens, Lions and Falcons.
    You also give credit when due, until proven otherwise….yesterday, was otherwise.
    Reality tells us….The Packers haven’t proven they have a Championship caliber team against any high level team before this game, so don’t act all shocked and hurt if you just realized the Packers aren’t ready for top competition.
    Yes, they schooled 3 bad teams, and an average team, and looked great doing it. But whether it’s in the regular season, or in the playoffs, the Packers will inevitably show you who they are. It happens annually.
    This is why, concerning the Packers…i adopted the mantra years ago…Show me, don’t tell me. If they want us to believe they are a Championship quality team, some day, they have to prove it. Yesterday wasn’t that day.
    I still give the Packers credit…for the regular season record(s). They’ve done well recently in that respect and credit should be given.
    But past that…….
    As far as ESB, i’m a fair man and i’ll reserve judgement on him until the Packers play a team they can handle.
    Observation: Am i the only person curious why Jenkins wasn’t slid over to left tackle? I mean, instead of that train wreck named Wagner.

    1. rebelgb October 20, 2020

      My God Wagner was sooooooooo bad. I wouldn’t expect a pro player to be that bad no matter the situation. Id say its ok we will do better when we see them again in the playoffs, but as the 49ers showed us last year, there is no guarantee we will do better next time. Better talent is just better talent.