Game Recap: Packers Survive Brady, Bucs 14-12

Early offense, late defense aid Packers in huge win in Tampa

The Bucs started the game with the ball from their own 25-yard line. After a first-down completion to Breshad Perriman for 24 yards off a play-action pass, Tampa turned to Leonard Fournette for a first-down run. On 2nd-and-5, Fournette powered forward for 4 yards bringing up a 3rd-and-1. A Kenny Clark stuff of Fournette brought up a critical 4th-and-1 out of the gate, which Tampa Bay converted on a quick out to newly-acquired Cole Beasley, moving the chains. The ensuing first down was yet another completion, this time to the former Minnesota Viking, Kyle Rudolph for a gain of 11 and a first. Inside the Packers' 30, Fournette moved the ball into the red zone, but was stopped for a loss on second down to move the Bucs outside of the 20. On 3rd-and-5, The Bucs went empty and Kenny Clark got to Brady for a loss to bring out the field goal unit. A Ryan Succop 45-yarder gave Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.

The Packers defense sacks Tom Brady in the 14-12 win

The Packers defense sacks Tom Brady in the 14-12 win

 

On the Packers' first turn, starting that their own 25, last week's hero Aaron Jones took a handoff for a gain of 3. Jones took the ball out of the Pony package for a gain of 10 and a first down, behind David Bakhtiari, his first game since the 2020 season. An 8-yard completion to Jones and a completion to Romeo Doubs gave the Packers 1st-and-10 in the Bucs territory. Turning to AJ Dillon for a carry of 4 yards, Dillon was stopped for a modest gain bringing up 3rd and 6 at the Bucs' 29. A quick pass to Randall Cobb would convert for a gain of 17, moving the chains for Green Bay. 

On 1st-and-10, Aaron Jones got yet another carry, this time for a loss of two bringing up 2nd-and-long. Turning to Doubs yet again for a gain of 9. On 3rd-and-3, Aaron Rodgers hit Doubs for his third catch on the drive on a quick slant for a touchdown. Mason Crosby nailed the kick to make it 7-3 Packers. On the drive, Rodgers was 5-5 for 60 yards and the aforementioned touchdown to Doubs, the first of his career.

A holding call on the Bucs' first play of their next drive pushed them back to their own 13, giving them a 1st-and-20 to start. A Dean Lowry tackle of Fournette for no gain brought up a 2nd-and-long for Tampa Bay, on which Brady hit Russell Gage for a gain of 8. On 3rd-and-12, Brady hit Perriman for a gain of 5 forcing a punt with the first quarter winding down. An Amari Rodgers fair catch gave the Packers possession at their own 29.

The Packers turned back to Aaron Jones on first down on a toss to the right for a gain of 3 to wrap up the first quarter. Of note, to start the drive, Yosh Nijman took Bakhtiari's spot at right tackle - part of the "plan" for managing Bakhtiari in his return to the field.  Switching sides, A flare pass to AJ Dillon was stopped for a loss, bringing up 3rd-and-8, on which Rodgers was forced to call a timeout with the playclock winding down. After the break, Rodgers was able to hit Robert Tonyan to convert the first down, just avoiding pressure long enough to avoid the sack and move the chains. Hitting Doubs on first down for a gain of 9 brought up 2nd-and-1, and their second timeout in as many plays after a personnel malfunction.

After this timeout break, Quadzilla himself was able to power through to move the chains after a gain of 3. After missing a quick pass to Jones on first down, AJ Dillon was able to squeeze through a pile for a gain of 4. With Tampa scrambling to make substitutions, the Packers snapped quickly, seemingly catching the Bucs with too many men, however it was blown dead for a Tampa timeout. With the crowd going berzerk, Rodgers calmly hit Allen Lazard on a mesh crosser to convert the first down for a gain of 7. Devin White made his presence known on the next 1st-and-10, popping Aaron Jones for a short gain. Shoveling a pass forward to Dillon, the Packers set themselves up on a third-and-short which was easily converted to Tyler Davis for a big gain deep inside Tampa Bay territory. At the 6, Rodgers zipped (and I mean zipped) a slant in to Lazard for a 6-yard touchdown extending the Packers' lead to 14-3 with 8:44 to go in the half.

The next Tampa drive began with a short gain and a penalty, with Brady hitting Cameron Brate for a gain of 5. After yet another false start penalty to bring up 3rd-and-12, Brady was sacked by Rashan Gary to bring out the punting unit for the Bucs. It was an impressive effort by Gary to fight through the block to bring down the Bucs QB.

After the punt, which was returned by Amari Rodgers for a short gain, Rodgers and the Packers' offense came back out. Rodgers connected with Cobb for a huge gain of 44 on an RPO play, down to the Tampa 22. On first down, AJ Dillon almost broke a run, but still gained 6. On second down, Dillon did the same thing - powered through for another 6 and a first down and goal. After a short runs by Jones and Dillon, respectively, Rodgers hit Jones on a quick pass near the goal line, but a big hit by Vita Vea forced a Jones fumble which was recovered by the Bucs' Lavonte David in their own end zone.

Starting from their own 20, a Rasul Douglas penalty for hands-to-the-face helped out the Bucs going into the two-minute warning. After completions to Brate and Gage, the Bucs kept it moving with a first-down run to Fournette. After a completion to Perriman, he fumbled the ball which was recovered by Darnell Savage on a huge hit by rooke Quay Walker. The Packers get the ball back with :41 seconds to go in the half. With only one timeout remaining, the Packers moved into hurry-up mode, but were forced to punt with only seconds remaining going into halftime.

Starting on their own 25 to open the second half (with Bakhtiari back at left tackle), the Packers opened up with a Romeo Doubs first-down completion that was negated by an Allen Lazard block-in-the-back penalty. Rodgers hit Doubs again on 1st-and-12 for a short gain, then Aaron Jones snuck his way to a gain of 5. On 3rd-and-3, AJ Dillon missed a short pass from a pressured Rodgers to force a Pat O'Donnell punt to give the Bucs the ball back at their own 20.

After a quiet finish to the half, Leonard Fournette got Tampa going again with gains of 6, 3 and 2 on three consecutive plays to move the chains. Moving with an uptempo offense, Brady threw incomplete to Cameron Brate, but a pass interference penalty on Savage moved the ball up for the Bucs. An incomplete pass on first down, followed by a Keisean Nixon (filling in for the injured Jaire Alexander) forced fumble on Russell Gage which was recovered by Jarran Reed put the Pack back in business near midfield. After shorter gains from Doubs and Tonyan bringing up 3rd-and-4, Rodgers missed Juwann Winfree on a back shoulder pass to bring up 4th down. Nixon makes another highlight play, this time on the punt, downing the ball inside the Bucs' 1-yard-line. A tremendous play by the Packers' special teams.

When Brady threw incomplete to Fournette on first down, Russell Gage slipped on second down on an intended pass, leaving him limping and running off the field. After De'Vondre Campbell broke up a Brady-to-Beasley connection, the Bucs were forced to punt deep in their own end. Amari Rodgers broke off a nice return, however a running-into-the-kicker penalty forced a re-kick. On the ensuing punt, another Rodgers return forced another penalty, pushing the Packers back to their own 35. A huge swing in field position. Starting with short runs to Dillon and Jones bringing up 3rd-and-5, Rodgers was intercepted by Logan Ryan putting the Bucs in Packers' territory to start their drive. That makes four straight possessions for the Packers without a first down.

A play-action pass to Brate on first down on a chunk play pushed the Bucs down to the Packers' 28. After a miss, Fournette fought hard for a short gain of 1. On 3rd-and-9, Brady threw deep for Perriman, which fell incomplete bringing out the field goal unit. Keisean Nixon with another flash play with great coverage. On the kick, Ryan Succop drilled the 45-yarder to make it 14-6 green and gold with 6:22 to go in the third. After the kickoff, the Packers had the ball at their own 25.

A throw up the seam from Rodgers to Doubs for 15 finally got the chains moving, and then a first-down toss to Aaron Jones was stopped for a loss. Next, Rodgers hit Tonyan for a gain of 4 forcing a 3rd-and-7. Rodgers rolled out and hit Jones, however it was well short of the sticks and forced yet another punt back to Tampa Bay. Despite the first down, the Bucs defense holds strong yet again. Pat O'Donnell's punt pinned the home team down near their own ten, and out comes Tom Brady in a one-possession game.

Leonard Fournette opened the drive for the Bucs with a tough run for 5. Brady then hit Gage for a gain of 7 and a first down on a throw in traffic. A screen pass to Fournette was wrecked by Adrian Amos for a loss of 3, and on 2nd-and-13, Gage hauled in another pass for a gain of around 10 bringing up a short third down. Brady was able to evade both Rashan Gary and Kenny Clark for an impressive first down run, but a holding penalty brought the ball back. On the following 3rd-and-13, Brady was forced to chuck a screen pass into the ground forcing a punt.

Opening the fourth quarter after a short run by Dillon, the Packers were faced with a third-and-short after a completion to Tonyan. On 3rd-and-2, Aaron Jones was stuffed to stymie yet another Packers drive. Trying to force an offside penalty unsuccessfully, O'Donnell came out again to punt, downing the Bucs at their own 15 with 13:17 to go. Tampa's next drive would fall short of the sticks as well, after a third down completion to Cole Beasley didn't quite gain enough. The punt exchange would continue, this time back to the Pack.

Starting at their own 20 after an Amari Rodgers fair catch, the Packers looked to gain the offensive momentum they held earlier in the game. A first-down holding penalty pushed Green Bay back 10 yards, and on 1st-and-20, Dillon was stuffed yet again. Rodgers threw up a free play on second down which was intercepted, but a 12-men penalty on the Bucs gave the Packers a five-yard advantage. Another short completion to Tonyan gave the Pack a 3rd-and-5, which was failed on a short completion to Tyler Davis. Another Green Bay punt.

Tampa hit Jalen Darden for a gain of 25 yards on first down, and a failed trick play resulted in a huge loss of 12. A Brady sack by Kenny Clark for another 8 yielded a 3rd-and-30 which led to a gain of 12 from Cameron Brate. Do you love punts? Then you love this game -- out comes the Bucs punt team yet again, downing the Packers a their own 13.

An incompletion to Lazard on first down and a 5-yard run by Aaron Jones put the Packers in a manageable spot on third down. Lazard was able to get open for a gain of 6 and a first down, moving the chains in a crucial moment, with under 5 minutes remaining. Jones ground out a nice run of 6 yards on first down, and Lazard beat Antoine Winfield Jr. on a deep fade for a gain of 26. For the first time in a while, the Packers offense was moving the football, now approaching 3 minutes to go in the game. Rodgers threw incomplete to Winfree, and on 3rd-and-10, he was sacked near the 50 by Logan Hall to thwart the possession.

Pat O'Donnell dropped a punt right at the 10, leaving Tom Brady and the Bucs with 90 yards and 3 minutes to go to have a chance to tie the game. Brady hit Gage for 9 on first down, then Gage again for 15 approaching the 2-minute warning. Another Gage completion gained 5, and Brady hit Fournette on a busted coverage for 17 at the Packers' 43-yard-line. After the 2-minute warning, Brady hit Brate for 10 and another first down. In the hurry-up, Brady fell incomplete to Gage, and then hit Fournette for 10 and a first down with 1:26 to go at the Packers' 22. A short completion to Scottie Miller brought up a first-down completion to Russell Gage, yet again with :51 seconds to go. The clock running, Brady finally fell incomplete on an attempt to Miller. Then, on second down, Brate drew a pass interference penalty on Adrian Amos at the 3 with :26 seconds to go.

Fournette received the next handoff, but was stopped short at the 2 with :20 seconds to go. Timeout Bucs. On 2nd-and-goal, Brady fell incomplete on a play-action pass to Brate, bringing up 3rd-and-goal and :18 seconds remaining. Out of the shotgun, Brady changed the play at the line. After some motion, Brady hit Gage on a tough catch for the touchdown, bringing the Bucs within 2 points.

On the two-pointer, the Buccaneers suffered an inexplicable delay of game call. On the ensuing attempt, this time from the 7, De'Vondre Campbell batted away the pass attempt, maintining the Packers' 14-12 lead. Allen Lazard recovered the onside attempt, and the Packers would fly back to Green Bay a 2-1 football team.

Offensive MVP

David Bakhtiari suited up for the first time in what feels like years. Rotating with Yosh Nijman, he seemingly performed well - and stayed healthy - in a tremendous spot against the Bucs. It's impossible to not be ecstatic for #69. Glad to have him back.

Defensive MVP

Keisean Nixon came up with some huge flash plays today, filling in for Jaire Alexander who left with a groin injury. While it wasn't perfect, his forced fumble and timely coverage plays helped out a defense who balled out today against Tampa Bay.

What Went Right

The offense the first three possessions, leading up to the Jones fumble, was the best they've looked all year, by a longshot. Effective runs, efficient passes and stout defense helped the Packers come within feet of a 21-3 lead. While they struggled after, it's clear the pieces are there for this offense to be successful down the line.

What Went Wrong

The defense on the final drive felt like being on defense in Madden, when the opponent was running hurry up and hot-routing all over you. They couldn't stop anything, including a touchdown to the uncoverable Russell Gage in the game's waning seconds. They made the big play when it mattered, however, with Campbell saving the day on the two-point conversion.

Next up brings Bill Belichick and the Patriots to Lambeau, for what is sure to be another challenge for the Packers' offense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tony Wilson takes pride in journalism training from 2/3 of directional-Michigan MAC schools. A former Sporting News writer, Tony now focuses on the Packers from his home in Toledo, OH. His beer of choice is a Miller Lite from the bottom of the cooler. You can find him on Twitter @GlassCityPack.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:41 pm

The reality is that Rogers is only a 2 quarters - 50m QB. Either he's hot – or he's NOT. And when he's not – which is at least 50% of the game – he's sub-average. Nor has he helped the team close any games this year. He should be sharing half of his salary with the D – who has been the team's MVP.

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Bearmeat's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:46 pm

Rodgers was atrocious in the 2nd half. This is the 12 I expect to see in road games against good teams. It's been the case for almost all of the last 5 years.

Brady callz were in full effect on that last drive, but the D hung on. Thankful.

This is the way this team will have to win this year - ugly.

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Coldworld's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:18 pm

Why not throw it to Doubs? 8 for 8 and getting open throughout. Lazard is a good piece. With a few plays from Cobb, it’s time for Watson and Toure and be done. We win or die with them. The rest are t going to cut it.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2022 at 05:08 pm

8 for 8 is pretty good. Even if we take out the longest one, he’s still getting us 7 yards we throw it to him. It’s not splashy, but it does help keep the chains moving.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 26, 2022 at 01:41 am

I agree that was one of AR's worst halves I've seen. I wrote elsewhere that this game shows you just how bad two QBs can be and still get 103 and 98 passer ratings.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2022 at 05:10 pm

So what thoughts do you have on Favres 86.5 career passer rating?

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2022 at 05:11 pm

So what thoughts do you have on Favres 86.5 career passer rating?

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2022 at 05:02 pm

Bearmeat, the good news is that we don’t have a lot of road games left against good teams.

More good news…..Rodgers is still the best QB in this division.

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PackAttack4155's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:48 pm

So was the playcalling, don't put it all on Rodgers. LaFleur needs to get a grip on dealing with adversity after committing turnovers.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:02 pm

A valid point. However all Rodgers had to do to atone for his poor second-half performance (again) - was complete a relatively short 3rd down pass to give Crosby a chance for a field goal - to make it a 2 score game (and essentially the game.) However he did what exactly what you shouldn't do - hold onto the ball and take a loss.

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PackAttack4155's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:07 pm

That's fair, no argument here.

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Stickfish's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:49 pm

As much as La Fleur is calling plays in, it is more like a suggestion. Kind of like ordering your coffee at Duncan in the morning.
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Packerpasty's picture

September 26, 2022 at 11:23 am

and the other reality is that MLF is a very average coach who has at least the benefit of having Rodgers, if he didn't have Rodgers he would probably be gone by now...he is not impressive especially when the game goes south...make Bisaccia coach...

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stockholder's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:41 pm

Bahk played !

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Rarescope's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:42 pm

No he didn't, he'll never play again so we need to cut our losses. smh :P

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:44 pm

THE DEFENSE COMES IN CLUTCH AND SAVES THE DAY! This is what the real GB defense looks and will look like -- Week 1 was a fluke, and the run defense, like I said, with the exception of two drives in week 2, actually played pretty well. It might have been just tiredness on that last drive, but Barry and the Packers need to clean up and make sure whatever happens on that last drive doesn't happen again. Other than that, the defense ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED!!

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PackAttack4155's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:49 pm

The defense was exhausted by the end, they came up huge. Game ball to the defense.

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:56 pm

Totally agree. This is what the true Packers defense it, and this is why it was forecasted to be among the top in the league this year.

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dblbogey's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:51 pm

It seemed that Berry was playing very soft on that final drive. Like the Dom Capers prevent. But, Bakh is back and Packers win a tough road game. It's all good. Great coverage on the 2 point.

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NickPerry's picture

September 25, 2022 at 09:34 pm

Even Greg Olsen made a comment about that. The Packers D didn't let Brady get going and was outstanding today. WHY they went to that Defense the final drive is beyond me. They also need to clean up the coverage on the RB drifting out to the flat. Fournette has two GIFT completions that final drive.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:58 pm

GB didn't have to worry about the QB running, and didn't have to worry about any WRs better than #3s. And they didn't have to worry about a couple of starting offensive linemen. I confess that I thought GB would generate more pressure. Really, only Clark and Gary did much in that regard, with Lowry chipping in a couple of times. Preston Smith does not appear on the box score: no stats. I hope he is okay but I thought he would have a banner game against a depleted TB OL. Same for Gary, but he probably was about the same despite having a prime opportunity. Kudos to Nixon - nice game.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

September 25, 2022 at 09:21 pm

No one was held more during that game than Gary. Almost every time Brady dropped back to pass, Gary was whipping his lineman and came crashing down only to get headlocked or pulled away from him and they never called it. Not once. A few plays throughout the game, sure. But he was being MAULED and the officials just didn't care.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:01 pm

They did call it. The long run by Brady that got called back was for holding Gary.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

September 26, 2022 at 09:53 am

Yeah, one time. And Gary had to get pulled to the ground, then as he got up and whipped around the tackle he got headlocked and pulled backwards away from Brady while there was another lineman who grabbed the inside of Clark's collar and also pulled him away. It was ridiculous, but they flagged Lazard for a hold when he barely even touched a guy. The refs have been a joke this year.

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Rarescope's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:20 pm

It seems to me like I've seen a pattern of offenses marching down the field for a last drive with ease even after struggling throughout the game and I've always wondered what it was. Defenses being gassed? Maybe... or could it be that two minute drills get more attention in practice?

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PackAttack4155's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:47 pm

If there's one constant in the LaFleur era: offense commits a turnover, offense collapses the rest of the game. Play calling was so vanilla, if I wasn't aware of the date, I would swear this was a preseason game.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:53 pm

Agreed. It also shows how bad QBs can play and still put up 103 and 98 passer ratings, respectively.

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:56 pm

I know. Read my comment below, I talk a bit about how that's been a bit of a recurring trend, unfortunately

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Fubared's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:42 pm

or one of our vaunted playoff games where Rodgers throws short passes to avoid a pick and loses the game due to lack of taking chances and trying to win. I'm sure he doesnt want his mother call him and tell him what a doofus he is either but I feel he costs us the last three playoff games and doesnt give a shit

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:55 pm

Game Takeaways:

Good:

Defense (except on last drive). It may just have been tiredness, but excepting that 2-point att, the defense did not play very well. Other than that, they ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED TOM BRADY!

Special Teams. The Packers were able to consistently pin the Bucs in the 20 yard line, and what was formerly the league's worst punt coverage unit now looks to be much better.

Romeo Doubs. He scored his first NFL TD and had some really nice moments - he should DEFINITELY be more involved in the offense going forward.

Allen Lazard. He's a great blocker and creates mis-matches in space - he is a good weapon.

Walker & Campbell - he forced a fumble in the 3rd quarter that really changed the momentum of the game and looks good. Campbell showed off his athleticism and why he was an all-pro last year with the game-winning PD.

Keisean Nixon - great job filling in at the slot, making plays, and forcing the first fumble of his career.

Tackling - much improved from last week, kudos to the players/Barry for figuring it out.

Gary & Clark - they combined for 3 sacks and were able to pressure Tom Brady. Wirfs is a tough matchup for Gary, and he did well.

Defensive Play-Calling - This was definitely Barry's best game this season, and had the perfect blend of effectiveness and unpredictability

Bad:

Offensive Play-Calling - During the second half, I was not impressed by MLF. Watson's absence, and all of his pre-snap motion, may have diminished the effectiveness of the offense.

Rodgers in the 2nd half - I had said previously how I didn't think Rodgers would have a great game, and while he did better than I expected, still didn't look great at times.

Overcoming Adversity - We saw this vs. the 49ers after Lewis' fumble and at the Vikings after they dug themselves in the hole. They did a good job overcoming the fumbles last week, but the offense needs to be able to continue to be their effectiveness pre-Jones-fumble. I don't know if this is a coaching thing or what. Fortunately, the D was able to carry the team to the W.

Overall I was left with good impressions, mainly by the D. This, as I've said, is what is going to help the Packers have more playoff sucess - Rodgers hasn't had a defense that he can lean on if he comes up short since 2010 (super bowl win). Now, I'm not saying that he should always do that, because as we saw on that last drive, that reduces the effectiveness of the defense and exhausts them, but that is what is different about this team this year

Also, I hope Myers and Jaire are okay (Myers didn't appear to be in any pain, which is good). I was suprised to see Hanson replace Myers; I think Tom would be the far superior choice.

I wonder if Davante is re-thinking his trade request now that the Raiders have the worst record in the NFL. I think the Packers made the right move to trade him and prioritize the D.

Edit: Tyler Davis also had some nice moments - forgot to include him in there.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:01 pm

I don't disagree, precisely. I would just say you're much nicer than I am.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:03 pm

Myers was cramping and should be fine.

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NickPerry's picture

September 25, 2022 at 09:41 pm

"I wonder if Davante is re-thinking his trade request now that the Raiders have the worst record in the NFL. I think the Packers made the right move to trade him and prioritize the D."

I've watched a couple of Raiders this year and if THATS what Adams is going to look like this season Gute made the right decision. Maybe it changes but the way it's looked the last two weeks he ain't getting in the HOF with Derrick Carr I'll say that.

"Also, I hope Myers and Jaire are okay (Myers didn't appear to be in any pain, which is good). I was surprised to see Hanson replace Myers; I think Tom would be the far superior choice"

ME TOO!!!! The way they were massaging the back of his calf made me think it was a cramp though. I think he's fine.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 26, 2022 at 01:44 am

Nick, I screamed all TC about the Packers playing Tom everywhere but center, which I think will be his best position. Now perhaps they gave Tom snaps during the practices after August 30 which were closed even to the media for the most part.

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Fubared's picture

September 26, 2022 at 01:56 pm

Where did you get the idea LeFleur calls the plays? He lets Rodgers do that. He gives Rodgers some options and if Rodgers doesnt like the d he is seeing, he calls a time out.

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Rebecca's picture

September 25, 2022 at 06:59 pm

There words between Rodgers and LaFleur late in the 2rd quarter. There were a series of communication problems with play calling on or before that interception that git called back. Something is going on.

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vin0770's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:01 pm

MLF era shows one thing over and over, he can’t get his offense to snap out of it once the other teams defense locks in. Big game big opponent and this happens and it’s not a one off thing. These massive droughts they can’t do anything is frustrating. Too bad the offense can’t step up and play complimentary to what looks like is a top notch defense. Don’t think we got one of those offensive genius guys off the McVay tree 😢

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:06 pm

Also, I have advanced to 3-0 in picking Packers games! (and Vikings games, too)

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Fubared's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:18 pm

Yes we had a couple receivers out, one who hasnt done much so no loss and one who has had a few nice completions. Tampa had two real good receivers out who stretch a defense making the pass d have a much easier time.
My issue, again again again. the team were playing maked adjustments at halftime and it looked like a different team and we seem to just keep doing the same dam thing. How long did it take for Rodgers and LeFleur to realize the run game aint working?
Dam lucky to win this one, another squeeker for the Packers

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:41 pm

I agree about the adjustments, but it wasn't luck that won - it was the continued great play of our D. Even down Evans and Godwin, it is still really hard to beat a Brady-led team, and the Packers stil held him to 12 points.

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Packer_Fan's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:19 pm

For the life of me I do not understand running into the kicker and then a block in the back causing a loss of a field goal. The Pack would have at least got good field position, but Rodgers had a good return and they were in field goal position. Just disgusting.

The defense played well except for lapses on the last drive. Nijman played poorly when in there. Too many mistakes in the second half. And poor play calling. That third down run on their last drive was so sad.

But a win is a win. Lots more work to do to improve, especially in play calling and hoping Bak and Jenkins can work back into form. And I like Douglas on the perimeter.

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:42 pm

Agree with everything, although i though the defensive play-calling was good.

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NickPerry's picture

September 25, 2022 at 09:48 pm

That running into the kicker call was complete and utter BULLSHIT! The Tampa Bay blocker THREW him into the kicker, AND it was obvious!

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Starrbrite's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:44 pm

10-4 NickPerry—a near game changing call, along with the crappy phantom holding call on Lazard.
The officiating is infuriating at times.

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Packer_Fan's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:19 pm

For the life of me I do not understand running into the kicker and then a block in the back causing a loss of a field goal. The Pack would have at least got good field position, but Rodgers had a good return and they were in field goal position. Just disgusting.

The defense played well except for lapses on the last drive. Nijman played poorly when in there. Too many mistakes in the second half. And poor play calling. That third down run on their last drive was so sad.

But a win is a win. Lots more work to do to improve, especially in play calling and hoping Bak and Jenkins can work back into form. And I like Douglas on the perimeter.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:42 pm

This was a very good win for the team. On the road against a better than average opponent, we made fewer mistakes.

We returned no kicks. We fair caught 3 punts, had two short returns, and the longest return of Amari Rodgers' career that got called back by a shaky penalty on a bottom of the roster guy who let himself get shoved into the punter.

Tampa Bay got 35 on the ground. How many times are they going to be held to 35 yards on the ground this year? Once the Packers got to 14 early in the 2nd quarter, Tampa never again snapped the ball with a chance to win or tie until their final play.

The Jones fumble at the goal line was disappointing. Jones is pretty sure handed as a runner, but I recall three fumbles now where he has caught the ball and then had it knocked loose.

We caught Tampa when they were kind of in cluster formation, and that's a good thing. They'll probably be a little better organized if we play them again this year.

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murf7777's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:50 pm

I agree Jones has had some untimely fumbles in his career. This one where he was sandwiched with a 320 lb Vea pounding him in the back right after getting hit hard in the front was wicked. I don’t blame him for that one. Hell of a defensive play.

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Rarescope's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:52 pm

God knows I like to give people the benefit of the doubt but it seems like the times Jones has fumbled have only been when he's taken straight up massive hits. Today's fumble was no exception. Slammed one way by a what, 225lb guy then back the other way by a 300+lb dude. Those were some serious g forces he was being submitted to. Heck one of those historical fumbles you mention resulted in him having a cracked rib that took him out of the game. If that's what it takes to make him fumble I have no concerns whatsoever about his ball handling skills.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:05 pm

Do you remember who it was that told me before the season started that placing my trust in a rookie to be the 3rd most productive WR this year was pure foolishness? I forget now.

Meanwhile Amari calls for a fair catch when there isn't a Buccaneer within 20 yards of him. Shameful.

https://twitter.com/nathanmarzion/status/1574171899302748160?t=HrxQM73Ho...

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:31 am

I have said over & over since training camp do not be surprised one bit if Doubs ends up leading the team. I recognized right away this young man has that IT factor. Frankly his play reminds me of Adam's, particularly when getting off the LOS. The Packers hit a major home run with him.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:31 am

Duplicate

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Leatherhead's picture

September 26, 2022 at 09:03 am

I remember a lot. I remember your premature evaluation then. Now, after one good game, you're evaluating prematurely again.

What I said was that Doubs wasn't going to get on the field that much unless the guys ahead of him played poorly or were hurt. Like Lazard in the opener, like Watson and Watkins yesterday.

Doubs has played well so far. It's September. Could we at least wait until November to crown him? Or is that not premature enough for your tastes?

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 26, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Wow, you really struggle with admitting when you're wrong. Has that been a lifetime thing? It's just humorous at this point. Everybody was healthy last week and he had the 3rd most snaps and 3rd most yards.

What about Amari being the 4th most productive WR? Ready to mea culpa on that or his he suddenly going to be a big part of the offense? He did have 3 times as many snaps as last week. At this rate he might get a touch by Thanksgiving.

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Fubared's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:44 pm

DIdnt we draft a guy named Wyatt? I havent heard his name at all and maybe his is injured? Not even sure what position he would play?

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:54 pm

Wyatt plays a position which the Packers are incredibly deep. He'll be fine. Kenny C wan't a world beater his first year either.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 26, 2022 at 01:53 am

Very possible. But by game two Clark was playing about a third of the snaps and at an NFL average or little better level. Wyatt can't play at this point. Patience is a virtue, but the window is not that long for GB. I liked Logan Hall a lot (and I want that DE to pair with Clark), but I would have taken Cine ahead of Hall. Hall showed up today, but I guess he stunk up the joint in week one and two.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:36 am

Was so excited about drafting Wyatt. Still believe he will become a very good player, however the big concern is he isn't that 21 year old kid needing to mature and grow into his body. Wyatt is a 24 year old man and that is what should be concerning. How long do we wait? At his age & talent I was expecting much more at this point. Fingers crossed!

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:06 pm

You didn't draft shit Viking fan.

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murf7777's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:46 pm

I usually don’t complain about the refs because they have a tough job, but it sure seemed like they tried and failed in getting Brady a win. Some very questionable calls against the Packers.

It was a great defensive effort on both sides. These teams will probably see each other again. Hopefully our offense will be clicking on all cylinders by than.

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BruceC1960's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:57 pm

Did you see the end of the Tampa/ Saints game.? Two horrible phantom calls against the Saints. Clearly the Brady rule .

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Starrbrite's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:49 pm

Yes—absolutely right about attempting to save the game for Brady—the Saints we’re smacking him around and the refs came to his rescue—again!!

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Starrbrite's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:47 pm

Agree murf.

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Rarescope's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:47 pm

I remember people poking fun at us for being proud of the blocking of our receivers. Then we get a highlight cut of Lazard laying one of the bucs flat on his ass with a little shoulder slam. That's what I like to see. Establish physical dominence at every level. Don't be pushed around.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:51 pm

How much are we paying Rodgers??

Time to get my Romeo jersey!

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Lphill's picture

September 25, 2022 at 07:54 pm

Road win giving up 12 points in a game most marked as a loss when the schedule came out and the Rodgers haters go to town on him.

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ArlenWilliams's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:01 pm

Packer fans would appreciate the Packers increasing or at least maintaining their lead when they get one -- by continuing to be as aggressive and keeping the other team on its heals. We don't wish to see the previous head coach's Packers playing "not to lose." We want to Packers to play to win.

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PackyCheese500's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:14 pm

Don't underestimate Rich Bissacia, Pat O'Donnell, and Rudy Ford, who all did very well today too

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canadapacker's picture

September 25, 2022 at 08:14 pm

Ok Bak was back for a few series. But our run game sucked because the O couldnt block. Dillon kept on getting stuffed - Jones and Dillon 24 runs for 68 yards - How much are we paying Jones? AR was under pressure and yes he missed a few throws - but most times nobody was open. Where is the jet sweeps - I would rather see Amari in there doing it since Watson was out - do something side to side = Finally we knew Barry was going to go soft - GB always goes soft -

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Oppy's picture

September 25, 2022 at 09:05 pm

I was not thrilled with the last meaningful set of downs for the Packers offense.
Just outside of FG range, about 3:30 left on the clock, the score is 14-6 and you pass-pass-pass and out looking for the TD?

I know it was tough sledding in the second half, but damn.. Run the ball, run the clock and force TB to take TOs, and who knows, you might even get yourself in FG range.

Lastly, I understand that TB's LBs are quick to the edges, but I truly feel running more outside zone with Aaron Jones is a better proposition than using him up the gut. He is a natural cut back, slashing RB. Let those LB's flow to the edge and let 33 find the cutback crease. I'll take Jones' strength vs. a Defense's strength, thank you very much.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:09 am

Tampa's safeties and corners are fast and are not afraid to tackle.

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Packers0808's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:37 pm

Wish I could read D. Adams mind about now. He had 36 yards total today! Wonder if he misses Rodgers yet instead of playing with a "friend'' from his college days?

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Oppy's picture

September 26, 2022 at 02:55 am

Why the hate on a guy for making a quality of life job move?

He's where he wants to be for reasons that are bigger than TDs.
Don't be a jilted lover.

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Packers0808's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:21 am

Who the hell said I was putting hate on anyone? I was just simply questioning if he is still happy with the decision. Get a life man!

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Oppy's picture

September 26, 2022 at 02:55 pm

Jilted. Lover.

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Packers0808's picture

September 27, 2022 at 10:18 pm

Know all about that life style huh?

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:41 am

Not only that but Adam's did us a favor. Why want a 30 year old WR who would require the pay day to resign him. Remember who blocked the pass to secure yesterday's win? If we resigned Adam's we don't sign Campbell & Rasul. Nor do we draft Watson. Great business decision that only happened because Adam's forced the trade.

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LLCHESTY's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:37 pm

A couple people were on here yesterday wishing the Packers had Beasley over Cobb. Hope you realized the error of that thinking today. There's better ways to bitch about Rodgers.

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Starrbrite's picture

September 25, 2022 at 10:58 pm

Well, you might be right. Cobb definitely helped ARod more than Beasley helped Brady—I’m glad for that.
I’m an ARod apologist however.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

September 26, 2022 at 08:43 am

Not taking anything away from Cobb but let's be fair. Beasley has only had the Bucs uniform on for a few days. Obviously he did not know plays & was limited.

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Starrbrite's picture

September 26, 2022 at 10:50 am

Yes—true knockthesnotoutofyou.

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Ritzy's picture

September 25, 2022 at 11:05 pm

This game shows that the only team that can beat the Packers is the Packers. This could have been a rout if not for the Jones' fumble near the goal line. Otherwise, it was a great effort by the defense against a legendary Qb. It would have been a shame to waste a good day from the D. But rejoice. We finally got over the Tampa Bay hump. And in their house in sweltering heat. A good day to be a Packers fan. And looking ahead, we have the Pats, Giants and Jets. All very winnable games in which we should be heavily favored. I feel good about this team.

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