This week, the Buccaneers became Packer Smackers. They found a vital weakness in the Packers O-Line and exploited it to keep pressure on Rodgers throughout the game.
The Bucs collected three sacks Sunday along their way to a strong defensive showing that included those three sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and a defensive touchdown off of that forced fumble upon its recovery.
The Bucs earned this win moreso than the scoreboard indicates, and if you had seen just the teams' stat sheets, you would have never guessed Green Bay was within 9 points. Tampa Bay outgained Green Bay in total yards 327-181, and they out-rushed Green Bay 178-28.
Tampa also controlled the clock, with their total time of possession at 36:50. One other telling statistic was their First Down total compared to Green Bays'-- 20 to 8.
Green Bay was unable to sack Griese, and they were also unable to stop the run. They were fairly effective at stopping the Pass (Held Griese to 50% completion, only 1 touchdown, and had 3 interceptions), however, and that seemed to be the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing defensive showing by a Packers defense, that, coming into 2008, was considered to be a Top 10 defense by many.
Green Bay hopes to get Pro-Bowl Corner Al Harris back within the next few weeks, and they have several key Defensive players playing with injuries already. Charles Woodson has been playing with a broken toe. Atari Bigby was out with a hamstring injury, and Kabeer Gbaja Biamila played with an injured knee.
The Packers will look to get back into the Win column next week, when they host the Falcons. The Falcons were held to 9 points, and failed to score a touchdown while losing 9-24 to the Carolina Panthers Sunday.
Fellow Packers Fans:
Hopefully we'll get back on track next week against Atlanta. Rodgers will look to carve up the same secondary Jake Delhomme was able to successfully overcome this week. We are now tied with the Bears at 2-2 for the NFC North lead, so we will be needing this win, especially with games against Indianapolis and Tennessee upcoming in Weeks 7 and 9.