Game Recap: Packers Fall to Buccaneers 38-10, Suffer First Loss of the Season

Sarah Kelliher recaps the Packers’ week six loss against the Buccaneers.  

Sunday’s game may have been played in the Sunshine State of Florida, but it was nothing but grey skies for the Green Bay Packers (4-1, 2-0 NFC North). The green and gold lost their first game of the season to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3, 1-1 NFC South) 38-10 in week six.

Before things got ugly, the Packers appeared to be off to a great start in the first quarter. Things seemed the be clicking on their first offensive drive with running back Aaron Jones getting things started with a 20-yard catch on 3rd and 10. After two more first down pickups from wide receivers Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the Packers were approaching scoring territory. However, they were unable to connect and had to settle for a 39-yard field goal from kicker Mason Crosby to take a 3-0 lead.

Green Bay’s defense had a strong start as well, forcing a three and out after cornerback Josh Jackson stuffed Bucs’ running back LeSean McCoy on 3rd and 2.

On their next offensive drive, the Packers were able to capitalize on the defense’s big stop. After huge first-down plays from tight end Robert Tonyan, running back Jamaal Williams, MVS and Adams, Jones punched it in for a one-yard rushing touchdown to extend the Packers’ lead to 10-0. Originally, quarterback Aaron Rodgers rushed in for a touchdown of his own, but after further review, the officials ruled that he was down at the one-yard line.  

In the second quarter, things took a significant turn for the worse for Green Bay after Rodgers threw only the third pick six of his career. Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean took it back to the house to bring the Bucs within just three points. On their next drive, Rodgers was picked off again after the ball was tipped off Adams’ hands. From there, the Bucs drove down the little bit of field they had and took a 14-7 lead of a 2-yard rushing touchdown.

From there, the Packers continued to struggle on both sides of the ball. Rodgers missed a wide-open pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis, and Green Bay was forced to punt. On the defensive side of things, the Packers started to beat themselves after linebacker Rashan Gary was flagged for a facemask, giving Tampa Bay another 15 yards after already picking up the first down on 3rd and 6.

From there, Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady found rookie wide receiver Tyler Johnson for a 7-yard touchdown to make it 21-10 Bucs. Then, Rodgers was sacked on offense and the Packers were, once again, forced to punt after a three and out.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get uglier, the Bucs put a cherry on top of their insane second quarter after Brady connected with tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 28-10 Bucs heading into the half. 28 unanswered points for the Buccaneers.

To open the half, the Packers’ defense was at least able to keep the Bucs out of the end zone, but they still couldn’t keep them off the scoreboard. Tampa Bay was able to hit a 50-yard field goal to extend their lead to 31-10.

On the next drive, every Packers fan held their breath as left tackle David Bakhtiari went down and was slow to get up with a chest injury. He was able to walk off under his own power but did not return to the game.

The Bucs would only score one more touchdown Sunday and it was another gift from the Packers after Josh Jackson was called for pass interference penalty which moved the Bucs 40 yards down the field and set them up right in front of the goal line to take a 38-10 lead.

 

What we learned: The Packers are mortal

Although the Packers started off pretty perfect, it can be difficult to sustain that level of play throughout the entire year, especially as you start to face tougher teams like the Buccaneers.

The team got off to a great start this year but showed that they still have some kinks to work out on Sunday and aren’t going to be able to just breeze through the entire season. The offense was entirely shut down after the back-to-back interceptions and Green Bay’s defense clearly still has problems of its own after allowing 24 points and 324 total yards.

This can still be a great year, but it is not going to be a cakewalk. Although it was a tough loss, 4-1 is never a bad place to be.

 

What went right: The start

There wasn’t a lot that went right this game but the way the Packers started absolutely was one of the things that went right for them. LaFleur and the Packers continued to beat the Bucs on the crosser and marched down the field quite easily when doing so in the first quarter. From the looks of it, it seemed like this would be another game the Packers offense put on an efficient performance.  

The defense came out with a few big stops out of the gate too. It was not until the back-to-back interceptions where the Bucs really started to takeover. Momentum is a true, true killer.

 

What went wrong: 38 unanswered points

38 unanswered points for Tampa Bay was, in my opinion, the hardest pill to swallow on Sunday. Even when momentum swings against you, you still have to try and find a way to dig deep and fight and the Packers couldn’t quite dig deep enough on Sunday. Mistakes are bound to happen but it’s when you allow the bad mistakes to define your entire performance that is what really kills you. Once Rodgers appeared to be frazzled, the rest of the team went down with him.

According to FOX 6’s Lily Zhao, the Packers have lost their last three games following the bye week the last three seasons.

 

Offensive MVP:

This week, awarding an offensive MVP simply doesn’t feel right. The entire offense was just…off. Aaron Rodgers struggled on the day finishing 16/35 for 0 TD, 2 INT and a final 35.4 passer rating (ESPN stats). The entire offense only rushed for 94 yards and had 160 receiving yards (ESPN stats) and no players in particular really stood out. The offensive line struggled against Tampa’s front seven as well, giving up a whopping 5 sacks on the day (ESPN stats).

 

Defensive MVP: Krys Barnes

Undrafted rookie linebacker Krys Barnes was one of the few bright spots for Green Bay’s defense on Sunday. According to ESPN stats, he led the team in tackles with 10 in total, 7 of which were solo and made quite a few nice plays to stop the run on Sunday.

 

Here’s a look at some of your takeaways.
 

  • “Most fraudulent 4-0 team in the history of the NFL!!! Actual takeaway? Sometimes, it’s a good thing for a confident team to be punched in the mouth. Need to see how they react #GoPackGo.” - @StevePerhach

 

  • “The only final thought should be what is the status of @DavidBakhtiari otherwise you can scrap the film and move on to the Texans.” - @stillaSconnie

 

 

 

Up next, the Green Bay Packers hit the road to visit the Houston Texans. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.

 

 

Sarah Kelliher is a contributor for CheeseheadTV and a podcaster with Pack-A-Day Podcast. She can be found via Twitter @sarahkelliher4

 

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Houndog's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:13 pm

Can I start early?
The Good: Tampa Bay, their game plan, and maybe an honorable mention to Krys Barnes.
The Bad: The Pack was still on vacation following the Bye
The Ugly: Every phase of the Packers' game, including Coaching.

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CHESSEHEaADDALLAS's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:43 pm

The supper bad our gm and his dumb as draft we could have one of the best tight ends/receiver/one hall of a blocker out of Notre dame that was their for the taking and he drafts a project if any one needs the lame for this game it’s mark and his yes boy if we do not do something quick Rodger will be out for the season

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albert999's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:24 pm

Ur right on

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Bure9620's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:29 pm

It is difficult to get on Lefleur as he has won a ton of games......He has only lost 5 games as Head coach of the Packers but 4 of the 5 losses were total annihilation.....We were run out of the building by the niners twice, today and the Chargers game last year was not close either.... 4 massive blowouts, it seems when MLF's gameplan starts to fail and he needs a plan B, he fails to adjust or does so too late.....I just don't think great teams lose like this, we were outscored 38-0 in the final 3 quarters......not a good look

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Fire_Gute's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:56 pm

I came here to essentially say the same thing. I think Lefleur is a good coach, and if the talent level is relatively equal he's going to get more out of his guys and his scheme than the guy on the other side of the field. But when the talent gap is substantial, or the plan doesn't work right off the bat, the wheels come off awfully quick and you get the afore mentioned games. Mike Pettine doesn't help the situation, it's truly mind blowing that a defense with 4 first round picks, 2 second round picks, and 3 extremely highly paid free agents can look like this

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Wilment's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:31 pm

Woof. That was tough to watch. After the pick six, things went to hell in a hand basket. Rodgers spent most of the day running for his life, the Bucs laid the wood to whoever had the ball, and the Packers receivers did not look sharp at all. Tom Brady didnt have to be great, truth be told, Bucs D should have outscored us, just got lucky and tackled him on the two. Throw the film in the trash, pray to God that DBs injury isn't serious, but having Pete Townsend....er Rick "the windmill" Wagner protecting Rogers back side for the next four months doesn't instill much confidence. Pick up the pieces, and on to Texas....GOPACKGO!!

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SugarCain's picture

October 18, 2020 at 07:57 pm

LaFluer said in post game they did not have a good solution for replacing Swerve and everyone was thinking way to much and not playing fast and they faced a defense that played very very fast.
Lafluer and offense got out coached by Todd Bowles. Offense gave them 14 pts and defense gave up 24 pts which isn’t bad.

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murf7777's picture

October 18, 2020 at 08:44 pm

What happened to all the pre snap motion today? On a positive note, which there are very few, Dillon had a couple of good runs. Maybe they will start giving him a few more earlier in games to see what he has so if they want or need him in crunch time he has experience.

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stockholder's picture

October 18, 2020 at 08:50 pm

I'm not signing any Free Agent that played in this game. How embarrassing! Not one player should be resigned on offense! Bahk pulled a Bulaga. No way is he worth 15mil. They beat that left side from the start. And Linsley? Forget that 8 mil. there. See ya! And Turner? He's NO RT. Lets move on. If BG doesn't sign King and draft another DL to replace Lowrey. This defense will never stop anyone! Any ILB will be on the IR untill they do. This was exactly why were weak. This team cannot mull, scrap, out muscle, anybody. Champions win in the trench. Save the excuses. The Packers didn't. And they won't against teams with a good Front.

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October 18, 2020 at 09:13 pm

Until we get a defense that can stop the run, we'll never see the Super Bowl. Pettine's defenses are notoriously lousy against the run. It's time to hire a quality defensive coordinator.

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SteelyPhil's picture

October 18, 2020 at 11:45 pm

I don't understand how the main takeaway from this game is that the run defense let us down. MLF and AR led one of the worst offensive efforts through three quarters of football that I've seen from this team. I'm not saying that our defense was good - it very much was not - but this team is going to need to rely on its offense to win games and today was pathetic.

I share your distaste for Pettine - I thought he should have been left in SF after the NFCCG last season - but this isn't the game to rag on him. If the offense isn't going to score a single point in 45 minutes, there's nothing the defense can do.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

October 18, 2020 at 10:33 pm

On the bright side, I can finally change my underwear.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 19, 2020 at 01:09 am

It may be that the Packer offense is going to have trouble against teams with exceptional speed at ILB.

Half time running plays:

Aaron Jones had 6 carries for 6 yards at the half.
LE (0), LE (-2), LG (0), LG (1 TD), LE (0), LT (7)
Jones got 4 carries for 9 yards in the 2nd half.
LE (4 Bakh inj), M (1), M (7), M (-3)

Jamaal had 2 for 7 yds, and got sprung for 25 on his 3rd carry.
RE (2), RE (5), RG (25) Done at 6:07 left in the 1st quarter.
Jamaal got one carry for 2 yards in the 2nd half.
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The wide zone runs to the left have been pretty this year. Not against TB. A lot of the tackles against Jones list White or David. Looks like Jamaal runs right a lot. I haven't tracked this so I hope it isn't a tendency. Jones ran only left or up the middle. Ditto.

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UGDR's picture

October 19, 2020 at 08:05 am

Packers play the first winning team they have faced on the season and all of us in GB nation get slapped back to reality in an instant. That was a rough.

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