Packers vs. Buccaneers – Unfiltered Game Day Commentary and First Impressions: Green Bay 35, Tampa Bay 26
Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs are struggling. The Packers are not. This looks like another blowout win for the Packers, but I guess we have to play the game first. Personally, I see this game going more like the Rams game than the Vikings game. The Packers will always be in control, but it won’t be the complete domination that everyone expects.
With the Thanksgiving showdown against the Lions just a few days away, I also think the Packers might get a little bored today. Speaking of bored, you’ve probably had enough of my pregame ramblings. Lets get to the game.
Packers inactivies: CB Davon House, LB Robert Francois, LB Jamari Lattimore, LB Frank Zombo, OG Ray Dominguez, OT Chad Clifton and TE D.J. Williams.
Mike Neal makes his 2011 debut today. I thought the Packers would wait until the Thanksgiving game, but this is a nice surprise.
Safety Tanard Jackson is inactive for the Bucs. That’s going to make it even more difficult for Tampa Bay to slow down Jermichael Finley and Green Bay’s WRs.
We get Joe Buck and Troy Aikman today. I love my touchdowns called in a monotone voice.
The Bucs convert on 3rd and 7 and Clay Matthews leaves the game with some sort of injury. Not a great start.
With Matthews on the sideline, AJ Hawk hits Josh Freeman’s arm on 3rd and 4 and the Packers offense will go to work. Dom Capers brought the pressure on that series.
Josh Sitton with a hold on the Packers second play. His struggles continue.
Well, that’s a new one. The Packers offense can’t get a first down, so P Tim Masthay runs for the first down after a Bucs rusher comes at him unblocked. Masthay also shows why he’s a punter by fumbling the ball out of bounds with nobody around him. He was actually credited with two fumbles and a fumble recovery on the play.
The Packers are driving after Masthay’s run. Rodgers just used James Starks as a checkdown option. Good sign.
So Masthay runs for a first down after a failed punt, then BJ Raji plows his way for a one-yard TD. The Packers are just trying to amuse themselves at this point, right?
Also, that drive was 15 plays and 88 yards. It’s good to see this offense put together a long drive without relying on a big scoring play, even if the drive was a bit, um, unconventional.
The Bucs go three-and-out and the Packers get the ball around midfield. Neal has been getting a good push up the middle when he’s in there.
Nelson makes an amazing catch on 3rd down to keep the Packers second drive alive. A few plays later Rodgers hit an uncovered Tom Crabtree for a TD. This team keeps rolling.
Just when you thought this game was over, LeGarrete Blount runs over the entire Packers defense on a 54-yard TD run. Desmond Bishop, Tramon Williams, Morgan Burnett, A.J. Hawk and Erik Walden missed tackles. Championship defenses do not allow plays like that to happen.
Wait a minute, just saw the replay of Blount’s run and it looks like you can add Sam Shields to that list.
Rodgers floats a perfect pass to Jermichael Finley and Finley drops it. Finley had to alter his route to try and make the catch, but that’s a catch that needs to be made. Packers punt.
The Packers offense is making some plays, but it looks ragged. A lot of their yards have come from Rodgers scrambling and making insane throws to Nelson.
Blount continues to steamroll the Packers. AJ Hawk looks helpless trying to bring him down.
The Bucs try an onside kick. It’s going to be like this the rest of the season if the Packers keep winning. Teams will be emptying their playbooks and taking all sorts of risks to try and beat the undefeated champs.
Finley gets called for pass interference, then catches a 30-yard pass on the next play. Finley appeared to be too angry about the penalty and previous drop to celebrate too much.
Rodgers to Nelson makes it 21-10. That’s what happens when risks taken by teams playing the Packers don’t work out.
I don’t enjoy watching the Packers LBs try to cover people.
However, I do enjoy watching Tramon Williams try to cover people, mainly because he actually can cover people. Tramon with the pick to thrwart Tampa’s attempt to score before halftime.
Not a good start to the second half. Scott Wells gets beat on the 3rd down and Rodgers gets sacked. The Packers tried to get the running game going but it’s slow going so far. Today has been another lackluster day for the offensive line.
Bucs convert on 3rd down at midfield. They’re 4 for 7 on 3rd downs today.
The Bucs have a TD called back after Kellen Winslow pushed off leaping for a catch over Sam Shields. It was a good call, but the Packers won’t get that call every time, especially in the postseason. I’d like to see Shields a little more aggressive there.
Rodgers shows that he’s human by missing two throws to start the Packers next drive.
Rodgers rushes a throw to Jennings and the Packers have to punt. Rodgers had excellent protection on the play, but he might be a little jumpy given the OL’s poor job of preventing inside pressure the last couple of games.
Winslow catches a long pass over the middle. I thought Brad Jones was held on the play, but regardless, the Bucs are driving again. The Tampa offense looks more dynamic than the Packers’ offense right now.
Attention Dom Capers: Putting Charlie Peprah on Winslow is not working.
Mike Williams catches a touchdown and Winslow drops the two-point conversion pass. 21-19 Packers lead. We’ve got a ballgame, folks.
John Kuhn dives in from two yards out, extending the Packers lead and taking taking fantasy points away from James Starks and my fantasy team.
Starks got rolling on that drive. He’s a load when the OL gives him some space. I love the diversity of this offense, too. Rodgers is a bit off today, so instead of going with their traditional vertical passing game, the Packers got the run game and check down passing game going. Huge drive.
I was in the middle of writing a rant about why the Bucs didn’t go for it on 4th down, then Rodgers throws a pick. I guess that’s why they didn’t go for it. Also, No. 12 is human after all.
Freeman throws a TD to some guy I’ve never heard of as Peprah stares in bewilderment. Once again, we have a ballgame, folks. 28-26 Packers. Think Raheem Morris regrets going for that two-point conversion? Probably not as much as Winslow regrets dropping the conversion pass.
For some reason, the Bucs try another onside kick and fail miserably. You’re actually slowing down this Packers offense and you try an onside kick? I don’t get it.
James Starks fumbles and needs help getting off the field after getting all twisted up on the tackle. Scary. Hopefully he’s ok.
Tampa blitzes all out on 3rd and 4 and Rodgers hits Nelson for a TD that should (hopefully) ice the game. Obviously, Tampa coaches have not yet caught on that Rodgers is unstoppable when you blitz him. A terrible call to blitz Rodgers in that situation.
Tramon picks it off and this one is over. There should be plenty to write and complain about from this one. Meantime, I’m going to enjoy 10-0.
Well, I guess Mason Crosby wanted to get his first missed FG out of the way. He clanks a 29-yarder and the score stays 35-26.
One more thing: Rodgers wasn’t at his best and he was still 23-for-34 for 299 yards and a QB rating well over 100.