TAMPA, Fla. — Such a lot for Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers.
Brady outplayed Rodgers, alternatively a tender Bucs secondary used to be similarly spectacular in atmosphere the tone for a 38-10 rout of the up to now unbeaten Packers, who unraveled after taking a 10-Zero lead and restricting Tampa Bay to only 5 offensive performs within the first quarter.
Rodgers threw two interceptions — Inexperienced Bay’s first turnovers of the season — inside a three-pass span of the second one quarter to show the 10-point lead right into a 14-10 deficit.
Cornerback Jamel Dean returned the primary choose 32 yards for a landing. Protection Mike Edwards ran the opposite again 38 yards to the Packers 2 to arrange some other TD.
“Jamel made a hell of a play. It used to be an enormous play. It sparked us,” Brady mentioned.
“That pick-6 modified all of the ballgame,” trainer Bruce Arians mentioned.
It used to be the 43-year-old Brady’s first signature victory since signing with the Bucs (Four-2) after a ancient 20-year run with the New England Patriots, which integrated 9 NFL name recreation appearances and 6 championships.
He were given his favourite goal from his days with the Patriots into the combination, throwing a 12-yard landing move to Rob Gronkowski for a 28-10 halftime lead. It used to be Gronkowski’s first TD since December 2018 and the 79th for the quarterback/tight finish tandem — tied for fourth at the all-time listing with Miami’s Dan Marino and Mark Clayton.
“I assumed everyone stepped up and stepped in,” Arians mentioned.
Brady additionally threw a 7-yard TD move to rookie Tyler Johnson and Ronald Jones rushed for 113 yards and a couple of TDs for Tampa Bay, which did not flip the ball over, permit a sack or dedicate a unmarried penalty after being flagged 11 occasions in a one-point loss to Chicago in its earlier recreation.
“We took care of what beat us remaining week,” linebacker Devin White mentioned.
Either one of Rodgers’ interceptions — his first with a couple of choices since throwing 3 in a loss to Carolina on Dec. 17, 2017 — got here on throws meant for Davante Adams, who had a team-leading six catches for 61 yards in his go back from a hamstring damage that sidelined him two video games.
“I don’t really feel like we ever were given right into a rhythm. Even with 10 issues to start out the sport, we had off-schedule performs to more or less stay drives alive,” Rodgers mentioned.
“I felt just right about each throws. Ignored the only quite within these days, the opposite simply appeared love it used to be tight protection,” Rodgers added. “The ones have been irritating performs, particularly up 10-Zero there, giving them mainly 14 issues, clearly modified the momentum of the sport. I don’t really feel like we have been very environment friendly sooner than that. We clearly weren’t very environment friendly after that.”
Rodgers completed 16 of 35 for 160 yards and no touchdowns after finishing 70.five % of his passes and throwing for 13 TDs and no interceptions in Inexperienced Bay’s first 4 video games.
Brady, in the meantime, used to be 17 of 27 for 166 yards and two TDs with out an interception. Gronkowski led the Bucs with 5 receptions for 78 yards — his easiest recreation since finishing a one-year retirement to sign up for Brady in Tampa Bay.
“I assumed Tom and Rob had nice connections. We were given the matchup we have been searching for at the fade ball,” Arians mentioned. “Gronk did a heck of a task adjusting on that ball and getting the landing. I simply want he may have spiked it together with his proper shoulder, however his proper shoulder’s harm.”
It used to be simply the 3rd time Brady and Rodgers have confronted each and every different of their lengthy a success careers.
And despite the fact that each insisted right through the week that it wasn’t Brady vs. Rodgers, the buddies expressed mutual admiration for one some other’s accomplishments whilst acknowledging it will be a laugh sharing the sector with the Packers looking to stay unbeaten and the Bucs taking a look to gauge their development in opposition to one of the vital NFL’s best groups.
Brady famous how vital it will be to attenuate errors, one thing no quarterback had performed higher throughout the first 5 weeks of the season.
Along with turning into the primary workforce in NFL historical past to attain no less than 150 issues and dedicate no turnovers throughout the first 4 video games of a season, the Packers had handiest allowed 3 sacks sooner than Sunday.
The Bucs had two in their 4 sacks by means of halftime.
“It used to be an attractive irritating day. We were given outcoached, were given outplayed. You’ve were given to present the Bucs all of the credit score on this planet. That they had a just right recreation plan and so they in reality took it to us in in reality all 3 stages,” Packers trainer Matt LaFleur mentioned.
“We’ve simply were given to ensure we stick in combination. We’ve were given to dance again. … In case you in reality glance seriously all over the process our week, it wasn’t our easiest (week of observe) and it confirmed these days. That’s what occurs,” LaFleur added. “We’ll in finding out what we’re all about. We’ve were given to hit that reset button and soar again.”
BRADY VS. RODGERS
Brady and Rodgers cut up their two earlier head-to-head conferences, with the Packers successful 26-21 in 2014 at Inexperienced Bay and New England successful 31-17 at house in 2018, whilst Brady used to be enjoying for the Patriots.
Packers: LT David Bakhtiari left within the 3rd quarter with a chest damage, leaving Inexperienced Bay to play the rest of the sport with out its easiest offensive lineman. S Darnell Savage (quad) overlooked a portion of the second one part… CB Kevin King (quadriceps) and RB Tyler Ervin (wrist) have been inactive.
Buccaneers: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) sat out for the second one time in 3 video games. DL Khalil Davis (ankle) additionally used to be inactive on account of damage.
Packers: at Houston subsequent Sunday
Buccaneers: at Las Vegas subsequent Sunday night time.
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