Tampa Bay is located in a very strange place. It’s 2-0, which a lot of people thought it would be for the first two weeks. But their attack looked awful, as Brady was 23rd in the NFL in passing yards with only 402. Last season, Brady led the NFL with more than 5,300 yards and threw 43 touchdown passes.
Despite the poor performance from the pirate attack, the defense played the limelight. They carried the Dallas Cowboys to three points in the season opener. They followed through until they raised the New Orleans Saints to 10 points in Week 2. The Bucs D is the main reason they remain undefeated as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to town for the Buccaneers home opening on Sunday.
If you’re looking for a 3-0 start to the season, here are our predictions from Buccaneers Week 3.
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4. Leonard Fortnite has a big match against the Packers
The aforementioned struggles on attack mainly affected the pirate pass game. But they ran the ball well early in the season. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette is fifth in the NFL so far with 192 rushing yards on 45 buggies. His campaigns are ranked second in football. Obviously, Tampa Bay wants to run the ball.
That will be especially true this week against the Packers defense that David Montgomery went through last week. For anyone who didn’t watch last week’s Packers-Bears game, Montgomery cut cut runs time after time. But Justin Fields’ inability to find open receptors, along with the ineffectiveness of the red zone, kept the bears in check.
I fully expect the Bucs to lean on Fortnite in this game. The Brady Pass hunters have been decimated by injuries this year. Pro Bowl receiver Chris Goodwin injured his hamstring in Week 1 and missed last week’s game. He is not likely to wear the suit again this week. The same goes for Julio Jones, who is dealing with a knee injury. Mike Evans was suspended for this match after his confrontation with Saints DB Marshon Lattimore last week. He appealed the suspension, but the ruling was upheld earlier on Wednesday.
The team signed Cole Beasley this week. He will play alongside Russell Gage, Prishad Berryman and Scotty Miller as the team’s hosts on Sunday. This gives Brady and the Buccaneers one more reason to rely on the ground game. That’s assuming his limited position Wednesday was just a precaution.
Injury update: Tweet embed Wednesday’s practice report
Julio Jones (knee)
Chris Goodwin (hamstring)
Mike Evans (suspended)
Leonard Fournette (hamstring)
Russell Gage (hamstring)
Scotty Miller (hurry up)
Prishad Berryman (knee)
– Fantasy Source 🔮🏈 (FantasySource_) September 21 2022
3. Tom Brady was sacked three times, does not have a TD card
A large part of the offensive fights were due to injuries at the front. The Pirates play without three of the starting linemen. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen was injured at training camp and injured back up. Left guard Aaron Steni is also on IR, as is Josh Wells. Even their left keeper, Donovan Smith, has an injury and is doubtful about his game on Sunday.
This made it very difficult for Brady to have time in his pocket. Al Hazzoon has one of the best rushing passes in the NFL. I was expecting them to put pressure through the middle and cause problems for Brady and his lackluster reception team.
2. Pirate D limits Aaron Rodgers to less than 200 yards
I spent quite a bit of time diagnosing some of Tampa’s offensive issues. But Green Bay has their own set of issues. Their receivers are healthy, they are not good. Well, at least most of them are young and inexperienced. Randall Cobb fossil and Sammy Watkins chanced for his rookie self.
In the Packers season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers struggled to get the ball rolling. It was a huge story coming out of the training camp. Rodgers called young men at one point. Many people think that the problems are solved suddenly after they beat the bears again. They are not. Even Robert Griffin III knows Problems Face Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers faces 3 big challenges-
1- Adapt to not having the correct number 1
2- Chemistry with his new receiver
3- Not feeling frustrated during their development
The WR room has a great mix of veterans and young adults. Rodgers catches up with the chemistry center that he missed in the off season
– Robert Griffin III (RGIII) September 21 2022
Green Bay ran efficiently and effectively against Chicago. This allowed Rodgers to use play action and find open guys in high school. The hack’s rush defense was excellent, as usual. They allowed 85 yards per game on the ground and haven’t given up a quick touchdown yet.
I expect the pirates to load the chest and stop Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon and Packers run. This means Rodgers will have plenty of one-on-ones abroad. The problem is that secondary Bucs are better than Packers receivers. You must fight Green Bay crime in this game.
1. Pirates win a hotly contested, low-point match
Points will be at the installment price on Sunday. I don’t think any of the quarterbacks will be able to do much through the air. But one impulse defense is dominant while the other is prone to escape. Bucs should be able to do enough to get a close win at home. The Buccaneers beat the Packers 13-10.