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Perfect Packers keep it going, but Bucs don’t make it easy

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It’s a perfect ten for the Green Bay Packers.

Although today’s victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t always pretty, the Packers moved to 10-0 with a 35-26 win, and they continue to look like the best team in the league by a wide margin.

How good is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers right now? So good that he completed 23 of 34 passes for 299 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception, for a passer rating of 112.3 — and that was one of the worst games of the season for Rodgers, who entered today’s game with a ridiculous passer rating on the season of 130.7.

But for all of Rodgers’ heroics, this game was actually fairly competitive.

The Buccaneers deserve credit for playing the Packers tough, and running back Legarrette Blount deserves particular credit for one of the plays of the year, a 54-yard touchdown run on which just about the entire Packers’ defense had a chance at him. Tampa Bay was still in the game into the fourth quarter, when they were down by two and only a Kellen Winslow dropped pass on a two-point conversion attempt kept them from tying the score.

Eventually, however, the Packers did what they do. They had an eight-play, 85-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter, and a Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson 40-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth. That sealed the win.

These Packers are easily the best team in the league, but the Buccaneers at least showed that it’s possible to play them close. Up next for Green Bay is a Thanksgiving date in Detroit, which is looking like it should be a delicious football feast.

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38 Responses to “Perfect Packers keep it going, but Bucs don’t make it easy”
  1. seneca1ss says: Nov 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    exciting game. bucs going thru growing pains and no depth
    CHEAP Owners Glazer Family!!!!

    love the players though :-)

  2. packfaninchitown says: Nov 20, 2011 4:27 PM

    Bucs always play us tough but our boys came through in the end to keep the undefeated streak alive!

    DAMN GOOD GAME! GO PACK GO!

  3. packmanfan says: Nov 20, 2011 4:31 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is on track to prove that the old saying is wrong: Defense wins championships.

  4. gb4mn0 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:37 PM

    And QUE all the Packer haters to tell us once again for the 10th game in a row that Pack is beatable.

  5. stavreafavre says: Nov 20, 2011 4:38 PM

    As expected, the onset of cold weather brought the Packer passing game to a screeching – oops. Never mind.

  6. neeboy74 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:38 PM

    bring on the hater-ade……….. but…we….still…WON!!!! G-O P-A-C-K!

  7. twelvesbelt says: Nov 20, 2011 4:47 PM

    They make it outta Thanksgiving with a ‘W’, they’re gonna run the table.

  8. medtxpack says: Nov 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    i never worry with Rodgers back there….
    and Jordy Nelson is so clutch!

  9. chris6523 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    Packers D is often painful to watch this year.

  10. gopats23 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    Green Bay is a VERY good team, and deserves all the accolades they are getting.

    With that being said, they have played two teams – Chicago and NO – who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Lets keep that in perspective.

    The rest of the season isn’t much tougher, so not being tested much may bite them come playoff time.

  11. shawon0meter says: Nov 20, 2011 4:53 PM

    Haterade? You sound as if anyone is saying the Packers aren’t the best team.

  12. mavajo says: Nov 20, 2011 4:53 PM

    I’m a Packer fan, and you guys are still annoying me. The Packers played a lousy game. Not much to brag about today. Secondary couldn’t cover. Front seven couldn’t stop the run. Receivers dropped too many passes. Rodgers wasn’t sharp. It’s a testament to how good this team is that they still won by two scores — but there’s no disguising it, the Packers played poorly today, and it was easily Rodgers worst game of the year.

    These boys are gonna have to play a lot bigger to win the next two games (@DET, @NYG). If they can win the next two, then it’s 16-0, IMO.

  13. warriorsonthegrid says: Nov 20, 2011 4:53 PM

    Cold weather ??? LOL It was heat wave compared to January football in GB

  14. swampymux12 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:54 PM

    Packers are a really good team, but they definitely have some chinks in the armor. Their defense is pretty average this year and if Starks is out they are going to have more trouble than they already do running the football. They have a tough stretch the rest of the way, so if they survive it and go 19-0, God bless them! I see them losing at least one along the way, but in the long run that may be good for them. Last years playoff run they were playing with house money, this year they will have the bulls-eye square on them. It’s tough with that kind of pressure on you. They’re a tricky team, because they are built so much like an indoor dome team, yet they play in some of the harshest weather come Nov-January. It will be an interesting playoffs this year.
    PS I’m hoping my Falcons can catch some of the Packer magic and go on a run of their own.

  15. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 20, 2011 4:56 PM

    For the first time, in awhile I was proud of my Bucs today. Well atleast on offense.

    I hope the Bucs draft a corner with their first pick. Biggers and Lewis are the worst.

  16. billh1947 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:15 PM

    Thank you Bucs,thank you for pressuring the Packers into getting back to reality and realize that no matter how good you are you CAN be beat,they needed a hard, challenging game before Thanksgiving in Detroit because the Lions, as every smart fan knows, will give them a true battle in which the Pack will have to fight for every yard gained and every point scored,the great thing for the Packers though is that they are a far better dome team than the Lions are,if only they put a roof on Lambeau Field with this bunch of athletes.

  17. 46defense says: Nov 20, 2011 5:17 PM

    If I am a Green Bay fan I wouldn’t be worried about losing Thursday. I would be worried about cheap shots.

    As a Bears fan I want to warn Green Bay, Detroit hits after the whistle, and they’re going to try and hurt Rodgers.

  18. badfish6907 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:20 PM

    Rodgers didn’t even play that well today and still had three TD’s.

    The defense is going to continue to be streaky as long as they don’t have a viable pass rusher opposite Mathews. Still they manage to get that big turnover when they really need it.

  19. bunjy96 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:23 PM

    The officiating was bad against both teams.

  20. harleypuppy says: Nov 20, 2011 5:26 PM

    Tough win for Rogers it was an off day our defense needs to step it up and show that they can be a force then we will be a total team the defense keeps putting the pressure on the offense that has got to change of the Pack is going to go all the way. Lifetime Packer fan GO PACK GO!

  21. pravin68 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:29 PM

    Packers are definitely the best team right now. But they lucked out on a couple of ref calls in this game. One of them being the offensive pass interference on a reversed TD . Come on.

  22. badfish6907 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:42 PM

    pravin68 says: Nov 20, 2011 5:29 PM

    Packers are definitely the best team right now. But they lucked out on a couple of ref calls in this game. One of them being the offensive pass interference on a reversed TD . Come on.
    ————————————————————
    The replay clearly showed Winslow pushing Shields away before making the catch. It was a legit call.

  23. kennyrogerschicken says: Nov 20, 2011 5:43 PM

    gopats23 says: Nov 20, 2011 4:48 PM

    Green Bay is a VERY good team, and deserves all the accolades they are getting.

    With that being said, they have played two teams – Chicago and NO – who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Lets keep that in perspective.

    The rest of the season isn’t much tougher, so not being tested much may bite them come playoff time.

    ————————————

    Also to keep in perspective – the season doesn’t end today.

  24. trey14jewels says: Nov 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    @pravin68

    Oh well, that call made up for the obvious missed pass interference on the play that Jermichael Finley was injured on right before half. He had to stretch out with 1 arm to catch the ball because the DB was holding his other one.

  25. sschmiggles says: Nov 20, 2011 5:49 PM

    “These Packers are easily the best team in the league, but the Buccaneers at least showed that it’s possible to play them close. ”
    _____________________________________
    @Carolina W30-23
    @Minnesota W33-27
    @San Diego W45-38
    vs New Orleans W42-34
    @Chicago W27-17

    Newsflash: The Packers have been in close games all year long, especially on the road. They aren’t dominating the way the media has made it out to be.

  26. rcunningham says: Nov 20, 2011 6:01 PM

    sschmiggles says:
    Nov 20, 2011 5:49 PM
    “These Packers are easily the best team in the league, but the Buccaneers at least showed that it’s possible to play them close. ”
    _____________________________________
    @Carolina W30-23
    @Minnesota W33-27
    @San Diego W45-38
    vs New Orleans W42-34
    @Chicago W27-17

    Newsflash: The Packers have been in close games all year long, especially on the road. They aren’t dominating the way the media has made it out to be.

    I agree, the Packers aren’t dominating, but Aaron Rodgers is.

  27. gwahknows says: Nov 20, 2011 6:07 PM

    Rodgers in the dome next week its over.

  28. leatherface2012 says: Nov 20, 2011 6:20 PM

    if rodgers and the back up go down, they should put raji in as qb

  29. bucforever says: Nov 20, 2011 7:32 PM

    Last week the Bucs stunk. This week they played tough but not smart. Next week the Titans may see the tough guys or the stinkers. It is a toss up which ones make the trip to Nashville. We need
    this win. GO BUCS!

  30. aaronitout says: Nov 20, 2011 7:34 PM

    gopats23 says:
    Nov 20, 2011 4:48 PM
    Green Bay is a VERY good team, and deserves all the accolades they are getting.

    With that being said, they have played two teams – Chicago and NO – who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Lets keep that in perspective.

    The rest of the season isn’t much tougher, so not being tested much may bite them come playoff time.

    ———————————————————-

    Enough with the easy schedule garbage. According to coldhardfootballfacts.com, the packers have the the highest strength of schedule among NFL teams to ever have a 15 game win streak.

  31. thridandlong says: Nov 20, 2011 8:14 PM

    Packer fans, is running the table that important to you ?

    You lose Rodgers or Jennings, or even Jordy Nelson, a repeat is out of the question.

    If you are fortunate enough to clinch home field though out and still have regular season games to play, your team may be wise to rest your starters.

  32. fgpackerfan says: Nov 20, 2011 8:21 PM

    I’m tired of hearing about their schedule. The Ravens are the #1 seed in the AFC but they have lost to the Jaguars and Seahawks who are 2 of the worst teams in the league. The Packers don’t trip up vs the dreads of the league which is why they are easily the best team in the league.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 20, 2011 8:50 PM

    The Packers should run the table. This was their worst game, and they still won by 11.

    The hardest game for them the rest of the way will probably be vs. the Giants.

  34. shaggytoodle says: Nov 21, 2011 12:04 AM

    No NFL team is going to make it easy a team to keep rolling.

    Rodgers had an off day only leading the team to 35 points, but if the defense can hold thier own it will be a non issue.

  35. zbigern says: Nov 21, 2011 12:41 AM

    Lest you not forget the Packers get EVERYBODIES A GAME. This has long been a copycat league and the coaches couldnt coach over a long, lockedout offseason. Everybody has the Pack circled on their schedule as a barometer…yet thePack remains 10 outta 10 in the win column.

    Inter-division match-ups are ALWAYS tough no matter what division you love…they call them rivalries…so far Green Bays schedule has erased 3 of those…easy schedule my viking.

    Continue to watch and learn NFL. This Packer team may not win it all but they are providing the map to success. If you build it, they will come…screw off everyone else…this is an impressive organization to witness…impressive and fun to watch…glad to be a PROUD OWNER OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS.

  36. bigboi30 says: Nov 21, 2011 1:11 AM

    @ 46defence

    Seriously, go back to sucking your thumb. You know that same one Softy Cutler hurt and has now once again quit on you. Same ol Cutler. Whaa whaaa thats what people read when they see your pathetic excusses. You and you Bear Cubs enjoy the playoffs from your couches.
    As for The Packers, great win today, well fought victory. It is going to be one heck of a Thanksgiving in Detroit. Two great rivals going at it. Should be a blast.

    GO LIONS

  37. bordner says: Nov 21, 2011 1:21 AM

    Newsflash: The Packers have been in close games all year long, especially on the road. They aren’t dominating the way the media has made it out to be.
    ————————–
    Newsflash: The Packers have been up by at least two scores in EVERY GAME this year. Whether you think they’re dominating or not, they’re still 10-0.

  38. stellarperformance says: Nov 21, 2011 11:11 AM

    For the life of me I cannot figure out why the Packer defense is so terrible. Did Collins make that big of a difference? The Packers will not be getting anywhere close to the SuperBowl unless and until they get it figured out…and I’m a huge Packer fan. If they get past the Lions on Thursday, they should be truly Thankful. They shut down Minnesota but can’t do a thing to stop Tampa? What the hell is going on out there?

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