The Green Bay Packers shocked many fools like me yesterday in beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12. What a game it was for only 26 points being scored. The Packers offense looked awesome for most of the first half and totally helpless for the entire second half. Amazingly, the Packers’ defense carried the day, never wilting in the intense heat.
I’m going to give the Packers’ offense a little bit of a pass since this is probably the best defense they will face all year. It does concern me, however, that head coach Matt LaFleur isn’t capable of adjusting his offense after the opponent adjusts to him. Going nine straight drives without scoring won’t win a playoff game, that is for sure. Being without Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson certainly was a factor, but the Packers must improve on offense going forward.
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The Packers’ defense was outstanding. They did exactly what they had to against the banged up Bucs. Would things have different if the Bucs had their top three receivers? Possibly. But in the NFL it’s often not who you play but when you play them. The Packers caught a break and took advantage of it. And beating Tom Brady is a good thing even if he was playing by himself.
The Packers were smart with their big guy rotation and didn’t let the heat really be a factor. They forced a couple of turnovers and sacked Brady three times. The Quay Walker punch-out was awesome. That kids got a future in this league.
The defense did lose Jaire Alexander but reports are it’s not a long term injury. Let’s hope not. All they need is to get stuck in another David Bakhtiari situation. On that note, Bakhtiari did return and while he didn’t play the whole game, he graded out fairly well, especially in the passing game. If Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins are back to full strength the Packers’ offensive line will once again be one of the league’s best.
At 2-1 the Packers might be able to get on a roll here, they’ll be favored the next four weeks before heading to Buffalo. Would be nice to be 6-1 before that very losable game.