The Packers lost their first game of 2020. Here are three takeaways.
The Green Bay Packers‘ undefeated run comes to an end.
For three quarters, the Packers were outplayed on both sides of the ball, eventually losing 38-10.
It was a disappointing end to an impressive winning run the Packers had made to start the season. What did we learn from Sunday’s defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
1. Turnovers and penalties are costly
In his entire career leading into this game, Aaron Rodgers had only thrown two pick-sixes. He threw a third and almost had a fourth in this game. Leading 10-0, the momentum swung Tampa Bay’s way when Rodgers threw a pass to Davante Adams, only to be intercepted by Jamel Dean 32 yards for a touchdown.
Only moments later, another pass for Adams was tipped and picked by Mike Edwards, who returned it 37 yards. The Bucs were set up on the Packers’ two-yard line and Ronald Jones ran in a touchdown.
All of a sudden, the Packers were down 14-10 and it felt like they went into panic mode. The game was far from gone, but after an efficient start, they fell apart on both sides of the ball.
And it soon became an undisciplined performance for the Packers. They gave up six penalties in the game for a total of 76 yards, while the Bucs didn’t have one. You could argue the Bucs were fortunate not to be called for a couple early on, such as a roughing the passer on Rodgers that wasn’t called, or an offsides that was missed on one of the interceptions. But that’s no excuse for the Packers’ own six penalties.
Hopefully, this was just one of those games. Turnovers and penalties hadn’t been an issue in the opening four games. They need to get back on track in Week 7.