The historic rivalry of the Battle of the Bays has been renewed! After Green Bay jumped out to an early 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Tampa Bay turned it on and scored 38 unanswered points to win the game 38-10. The Buccaneers scored 28 points in the second quarter, and as a result, it was the highest-scoring second quarter in franchise history for Tampa Bay.
With that being said, the real story in this one was Tampa’s defense. They were very impressive, holding Aaron Rodgers to a stat line of 16-35, 160 yards passing, 0 TD’s, a passer rating of 35.4, and 2 INT’s, one of which was a pick-six by Jamel Dean to get the Bucs on the scoreboard, which sparked the comeback and Mike Edwards got the other takeaway. Tampa’s defense also racked up five sacks, thanks to Devin White, Lavonte David, Ndamukong Suh, and Jason Pierre-Paul getting to Aaron Rodgers four times and Tim Boyle once. Todd Bowles’ squad also only surrendered 94 rushing yards and only one rushing touchdown. Green Bay fumbled once as well but recovered their own fumble. Holding Rodgers to under 50% completion percentage is really hard to do!
Another huge aspect that contributed to the Bucs big win today was the fact that Tampa took care of the football and didn’t turn the ball over at all.
Tom Brady had another efficient outing, going 17-27 for 166 passing yards, 2 touchdowns (one to Tyler Johnson and the other to Rob Gronkowski, who both scored their first touchdowns of the season), and a passer rating of 104.9. It was great to see Chris Godwin back on the field this week.
Ronald Jones looked like a man who really wants to get paid! In this particular game, he ran like he really wants a contract extension. He had 23 carries for 113 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. I think he’s running harder than he ever has here. Maybe it’s because he has good competition who could take carries away from him if he doesn’t perform the way he is expected to. I am very proud of how Rojo has been running over the last few weeks.