Packers vs. Buccaneers Recipe for shutting down Packers?

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CoachAllred

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The only team to shut down the Packers all year was Tampa Bay. And here's how they did it.
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Packers vs. Buccaneers score: Tampa Bay's defense rolls over Aaron Rodgers as Bucs claim first place in South
Tom Brady, meanwhile, threw two touchdowns on an uncharacteristically bad day for Rodgers
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By Cody Benjamin

Oct 18, 2020 at 7:47 pm ET

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The Green Bay Packers came into Sunday undefeated and with arguably one of the front-runners in the 2020 NFL MVP race in Aaron Rodgers. They will leave Sunday not only with a defeat, but a defeated performance from that MVP candidate, who also happened to lose his left tackle to an injury. Despite an early lead in Week 6, the Packers were ultimately no match for the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday's clash of NFC contenders. Tom Brady threw two touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski finally emerged in the end zone. And Todd Bowles' defense dominated the day en route to a surprising 38-10 rout.
Here are some immediate takeaways from Sunday's big Buccaneers win:
Why the Buccaneers won
Todd Bowles knows how to coach defense! Tom Brady stole all the Bucs' headlines when he ended Tampa Bay's last outing with an embarrassing blunder, but Bowles and his unit completely stole the headlines back -- in all the best ways -- against Green Bay, rebounding from a slow first few drives to get after Aaron Rodgers, stay sticky in coverage and then, ultimately, get under Rodgers' skin. Pretty much everyone stepped up: Carlton Davis prompted a pick, Ndamukong Suh drove Rodgers into the dirt, and a unit that lost Vita Vea earlier in the year just found ways to push the pocket all day, finally forcing Green Bay to sit Rodgers on the bench out of preservation. On offense, Brady wasn't perfect, but he was certainly efficient, delivering perfect strikes to guys like Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson and Rob Gronkowski to consistently keep the Bucs ahead. Ronald Jones may have deserved secondary game-ball honors, though, for a beautiful performance on the ground that iced the game away.
Why the Packers lost
There's no way to sugarcoat it: Aaron Rodgers, an unquestioned MVP candidate coming into this game, was off. And that's probably an understatement. Despite a smooth start that helped Green Bay jump out to a 10-0 lead, Rodgers was quickly fooled on back-to-back drives that completely swung momentum in Tampa Bay's favor. It's rare if Rodgers makes just one back-breaking mistake, but to have several of them come early in this contest was a killer. Losing left tackle David Bakhtiari late in the game didn't help, but by that point, Green Bay's O-line had already been torched by Todd Bowles' pass rush, with Rodgers repeatedly feeling the heat. The run game, meanwhile, was nonexistent other than an early Jamaal Williams scamper, with he and Aaron Jones both struggling to break through clogged holes; whereas the pass-catching corps somehow got less explosive with Davante Adams on the field. The Packers weren't much better on the other side of the ball, where stars like Jaire Alexander and Za'Darius Smith were uncharacteristically quiet when they were needed most.
Turning point
The Packers were up 10-0 after their first two drives, and Rodgers looked cool and confident as ever throwing into Tampa Bay's secondary. Then Jamel Dean perfectly read No. 12's eyes -- and Davante Adams' simple out route -- to pick off Green Bay's QB and return the ball 32 yards for the score. Brady hadn't looked particularly sharp at that point, so Dean's score didn't just halt the Packers offense; it completely flipped the script, took the pressure off Bruce Arians' offense and propelled Tampa Bay toward its high-scoring breakout.
 

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To beat Rodgers you take away his run game and pressure him just like you would any QB.

Thing that makes him tough is he sees so well that if you make a mistake in the secondary he will roast you.

We are fortunate we have the type of defense you want vs Rodgers but unless they destroy the Packers up front they are gonna have to endure him doing his thing, i.e. making stupid throws to extend drives.

I think our defense is good enough but this is definitely the best matchup they have seen since Buffalo. We will not advance unless we get a full team effort.
 

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To beat Rodgers you take away his run game and pressure him just like you would any QB.

Thing that makes him tough is he sees so well that if you make a mistake in the secondary he will roast you.

We are fortunate we have the type of defense you want vs Rodgers but unless they destroy the Packers up front they are gonna have to endure him doing his thing, i.e. making stupid throws to extend drives.

I think our defense is good enough but this is definitely the best matchup they have seen since Buffalo. We will not advance unless we get a full team effort.
 
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The hits on Rodgers need to start first drive so he knows it’s going to be a long day from the get.

Being able to get consistent pressure with 4 guys even when the Terminator is out of the game has been a strength all year. They will be ready.