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.