Buccaneers’ Defense Overcomes Sluggish Start, Locks Down Packers Offense


After a dominating defensive performance against the Cowboys and Saints, the Buccaneers’ defense would be tested again. The Packers posed another test that would push the defense to show up and prove themselves.

Rough Start

The Packers came into Tampa with a statement to be made. With unproven young wide receivers, Aaron Rodgers set out to get a win against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The first drive went well, 10 plays and 75 yards later Rodgers would end the drive with a touchdown to relatively unknown Romeo Doubs.

After a Buccaneers punt the Packers were at it again. This time a 12 play 71 yard drive that peeled over six minutes off the clock. Allan Lazard would haul in this touchdown. Subsequently the Buccaneers defense looked like it was on it’s heels and struggling.

Flipping A Switch

After this drive something turned on for the defense. To end the second half Vita Vea and Lavonte David would punch the ball out of Aaron Jones hand at the goal line. The Packers would get the ball back one more time before the half and would go three and out.

Seven of the next eight Packers’ drives would end in a punt. None of them, with the exception of their last drive, would surpass four plays. One of the drives would end with a Logan Ryan interception setting the Buccaneers up with great field position.

The Stats

Though it doesn’t look impressive the stats showed up at the right times. One sack, five tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, and a pass deflection started to take their toll. The drives that ended in a fumble at the goal line and interception were a key factor as well.

The first drives totaled 146 yards and two touchdowns Subsequently the rest of the game the defense held the Packers to 150 yards and no points. If the offense were clicking this game should have been a win for the Buccaneers.

Moving forward the defense has to keep this up if the Buccaneers look to make the playoffs, but the offense needs to match the output. Let’s hope the offense gets clicking soon.

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