The Green Bay Packers were embarrassed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here’s are some of my thoughts after having some time to digest it.
Well that sucked didn’t it? After flying high at 4-0, the Green Bay Packers found a flat tire in Tampa Bay. The hope is that this is more of a blip on the radar than an actual trend.
I have had some time to digest it. Here are some thought that I have after the Packers’ first loss of the season.
1.) The game started about as well as you could have hoped for. 10 quick points, with a chance to bury the Bucs and cruise. The entire game changed after the pick-six. It’s like the team was in shock. I was too.
2.) I said early on that there was more good than bad from Josh Jackson. That was before the horrendous pass interference play. I keep hoping with him, but it’s just probably not going to happen.
3.) The game is simple. People will use this game to point to their favorite narratives. The Packers didn’t pick any WR’s. Mike Pettine stinks, etc. This game was lost in the trenches, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Even without Vita Vea, the Bucs were dominant up front.
4.) Small sample size, but Matt LaFleur’s been embarrassed twice out of the bye now. The anti Andy Reid, if you will.
5.) Krys Barnes is a player. He should continue to start even when Christian Kirksey returns.
6.) Ross Uglem of Packer Report said it best. This game really was a microcosm of Brady’s career. In the second quarter, he had done nothing of note. Yet, they were up 14-10 after his defense made two great plays.
7.) Rob Gronkowski finding the fountain of youth against the Packers’ defense was a cherry on top of a craptastic day.
8.) The Bucs defense has better overall personnel than Green Bay has. That being said, I loved Todd Bowles mindset. Challenge the Green Bay Packers. Dictate to them what they are going to be able to do. Mike Pettine is content to let teams march up and down the field. It’s a mentality that I simply hate from a defense. The best defensive teams take pride in not allowing opposing offenses not only not to score, but not move the ball. The Packers defense simply does not have that killer mentality. That starts with the man running it.
9.) That said, they’re not firing him in season. Is there anyone on the staff that would do any better? Mike Smith and Jerry Gray are some popular names thrown around, but I really don’t know.
10.) Still waiting for the Packers to be able to breathe on Tom Brady today. No pressure at all on their #12.
11.) It didn’t end up mattering at all, but Shaq Barrett was definitely offsides on Rodgers’ 2nd interception.
12.) The Bakhtiari injury is worrisome. That’s a legit season changer if it’s a serious one. Hopefully he dodged a bullet.
13.) Encouraging to see LaFleur use AJ Dillon in what essentially was garbage time. Not sure why Rodgers was still in the game at 38-10, but Dillon had some nice plays at the end. Hopefully this can start to be a trend as we go down the stretch of the season.
14.) Speaking of LaFleur – There haven’t been many, but losses under him seem to have this kind of trend. Last year’s Eagles game being the exception. Every other loss has been an embarrassment by double digits. Not sure why that is, but something to monitor.
15.) The Packers were always going to lose a game at some point this season. I certainly didn’t think it was going to be against Tampa Bay. This doesn’t change my thoughts on this team at all. I still think they’re a Super Bowl contender.
16.) Rodgers was a completely different quarterback after the pick-six too. It was strange to watch. Credit to the Bucs defense. Hopefully a blip on the radar and he’s back into a rhythm next week against the Houston Texans.