Who were the top performers for the Packers in an embarrassing loss to the Bucs?
Coming off their bye week and getting healthy, this game was seen as a good measuring stick for the Green Bay Packers and where they might be.
If the game was any indication, this team has a lot further to go than their 4-1 record would suggest. After cruising through their first four games leading the NFL in scoring offense, this Packers team looked drastically different.
The game started out as it did in the hot 4-0 start. Green Bay was dominating the time of possession and moving the ball at will through the first quarter, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. Then the first turnover of the season for the Packers sent a snowball rolling they never recovered from.
After going up 10-0, Aaron Rodgers telegraphed a pass to Davante Adams and then seemed to lose his swagger and confidence he had been rolling with through the first four games. Jamel Dean intercepted Rodgers’ pass and took it back to the house for a pick-six.
Then on the very next possession, Rodgers threw a pass to Adams that Carlton Davis was able to get his hand on and tip to Mike Edwards. Edwards took the ball all the way down to the two-yard line, where Ronald Jones took it the rest of the way from there.
After that interception, there seemed to be nothing the Packers could do and Tampa scored 38 unanswered points.
The line that started out so well couldn’t block well enough then lost David Bakhtiari. The defense couldn’t stop Tom Brady from getting into a rhythm while Jones got his second consecutive 100-yard game on the ground.
There were not many bright spots in this game. Green Bay was just dominated for three quarters and must now go back, lick their wounds and come out and give a better effort next week.
Here are a few bright spots from the Packers’ 38-10 loss.