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Three times the charm for the Green Bay Packers as they finally got a win over the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers

It’s only fitting that the Packers turn around to host Brady’s old team and one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time as Green Bay’s trip to London to face the New York Giants looms.

Here are my three reactions from Week 3.

Doubs emerges

Aaron Rodgers’ reaction to the stat below says it all.

For all the hype surrounding the rookie fourth-rounder during the offseason and training camp, Doubs backed it up and showed his superstar potential with a stellar eight-catch, 73-yard performance Sunday to go with his first NFL touchdown. One of just three touchdowns during the afternoon between both teams. 

Anyone who writes about this team probably sounds like a broken record at this point but — this Green Bay Packers team needs their rookie receivers to step up and contribute in a way that wasn’t expected from rookies in their spots in previous years. 

The time to win is now and this offense needs players to rely on and Doubs took a significant step in the right direction. 

I can go on and on about this offense’s inability to move the ball and execute at various points Sunday as well as their complacency after a hot start, but I myself would sound like a broken record again.

There’s great potential with this unit and Doubs’ quality performance Sunday showed just that.

Positive special teams recognition?!

…Wow.

I have to say I didn’t see something like this coming this soon, but good for Pat O’Donnell and Rich Bisaccia’s unit for earning some early props. This is a big deal to Green Bay Packers fans considering the dumpster fire that was this special teams unit last year. 

I think fans would’ve taken literally any improvement from last year as a positive, but throw in a Week 3 honor and it just feels like this team just clinched the NFC North.

The Packers are among just eight teams who have both a perfect field goal and extra point percentage through three games, are second in punts inside the 20-yard line (9) and at least so far, haven’t allowed a game to be decided by special teams miscues. 

This has been refreshing to watch and one could only hope this unit can only get better as the season goes on, but we’ll wait and see. 

Sunday’s contest against New England is a trap game

Dan Kotnik made a great point in his weekly write-up

Coming off an emotional win in a hostile environment to a home matchup against Bill Belichick and a potential backup quarterback is a recipe for a trap game. 

Add in that quarterback being a veteran in Brian Hoyer and the fact that he’s winless in his last 11 starts makes you think that there’s no way the Green Bay Packers can mess this up. But as James Van Der Beak perfectly summed it up once, you could put a helmet on a broom and Belichick would still find a way to get it to score 14 points. 

Though turnover prone, ranking second in the league in giveaways with eight, this offense has a variety of weapons in Nelson Agholor, Damien Harris, DeVante Parker and Jakobi Meyers. I’m not saying the Packers are going to struggle and/or lose this game, but it’s very easy to overlook this one given the circumstances mentioned above. Plus, you can never count out a Belichick-coached team.

This is a game the Green Bay Packers should just take care of business. We’ve seen this team bounce back from a shaky Week 1 performance and persevere against a Tom Brady-led team. How they continue to handle success and momentum is another thing to watch.

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