2022 Game Preview: Packers-Buccaneers Week 3

INJURY REPORT

DNP: Did not participate in practice

LP: Limited Participation in Practice

FP: Full participation in practice

· CB Carlton Davis (hip) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: P.F.

· RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: LP

· WR Russell Gage (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: LP

· WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: DNP

· C Robert Hainsey (knee) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: P.F.

· DL Akiem Hicks (foot) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: DNP

· WR Julio Jones (knee) – WED: DNP; THURSDAY: DNP

· CB Zyon McCollum (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: FP; THURSDAY: P.F.

· WR Scotty Miller (calf) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: P.F.

· TE Cade Otton (staff) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: DNP

· WR Breshad Perriman (knee) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: LP

· T Donovan Smith (elbow) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: LP

· T David Bakhtiari (knee) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: LP

· DL Kenny Clark (groin) – WEDNESDAY: NL; THURSDAY: LP

· WR Randall Cobb (illness) – WEDNESDAY: DNP; THURSDAY: DNP

· K Mason Crosby (illness) – WEDNESDAY: NL; THURSDAY: DNP

· G/T Elgton Jenkins (knee) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: LP

· WR Allen Lazard (ankle) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: DNP

· TE Marcedes Lewis (groin) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: DNP

· WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: DNP

· WR Christian Watson (hamstring) – WEDNESDAY: LP; THURSDAY: DNP

WEATHER FORECAST

Cloudy in the afternoon, high 88, low 73, 19% chance of rain, 68% humidity, winds from the ENE at 8 mph.

REFEREE OF THE GAME

Head Referee: Scott Novak (9th season, 4th as referee)

BET LINE

Favorite: Buccaneers (-2.0)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS LEADERS

Points Scored: K Ryan Succop, 21

Touchdowns: S Mike Edwards/WR Mike Evans/WR Breshad Perriman, 1

Passing yards: QB Tom Brady, 402

Passer rating: QB Tom Brady, 82.8

Rushing Yards: RB Leonard Fournette, 192

Receptions: WR Mike Evans, 8

Receiving yards: WR Mike Evans, 132

Interceptions: CB Jamel Dean, 2

Sacks: ILB Devin White, 3.0

Tackles: LB Devin White, 19

Points Scored: RB Aaron Jones, 12

Scoring: RB Aaron Jones, 2

Passing yards: QB Aaron Rodgers, 429

Passer rating: QB Aaron Rodgers, 94.5

Rushing Yards: RB Aaron Jones, 181

Receptions: RB AJ Dillon/WR Romeo Doubs/RB Aaron Jones/WR Sammy Watkins, 6

Receiving yards: WR Sammy Watkins, 111

Interceptions: CB Jaire Alexander, 13

Sacks: LB Preston Smith, 2.0

Tackles: LB De’Vondre Campbell, 15

TEAM STATS RANKINGS

Scoring offense: 18 (19.5 ppg)

Total offense: 24 (303.5 ypg)

Passing Foul: 23 (191.5 ypg)

Career offense: 13 (112.0 ypg)

First downs per game: t-28 (15.5)

Percentage third down: 22 (32.3%)

Bags per pass attempt allowed: 12 (4.92%)

Red Zone TD Percentage: 22 (32.3%)

Scoring defense: 1st (6.5 points per game)

Total Defense: 5th (276.0 ypg)

Pass defense: 8th (189.5 ypg)

Rush Defense: t-9th (86.5 ypg)

First downs allowed per game: t-2nd (15.0)

Third Down Percent Allowed: t-2nd (25.0%)

Bags per pass attempt: 3rd (12.20%)

Red Zone TD Percentage Allowed: t-11 (50.0%)

Billing Margin: t-2º (+4)

Scoring offense: 23 (17.0 ppg)

Total offense: 11 (376.0 ypg)

Passing Foul: 20 (219.0 ypg)

Career offense: 6th (157.0 ypg)

First downs per game: t-5th (23.5)

Percentage of third down: t-11 (44.4%)

Bags per pass attempt allowed: 28 (10.94%)

Red Zone TD percentage: t-19 (50.0%)

Scoring defense: 7th (16.5 points per game)

Total Defense: 10 (311.5 ypg)

Pass defense: 4th (158.5 ypg)

Rush Defense: 27 (153.0 ypg)

First downs allowed per game: t-2nd (15.0)

Third Down Percent Allowed: t-2nd (25.0%)

Bags per pass attempt: 8 (9.30%)

Red Zone TD Percentage Allowed: t-7 (40.0%)

Billing Margin: t-22 (-2)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

· Tight end Cameron Brate enters his ninth NFL season with 33 career touchdown receptions. The next one will tie him with Ring of Honor member Jimmie Giles for second in franchise history in receiving touchdowns and fourth in overall touchdowns.

· Wide receiver Mike Evans already owns Tampa Bay’s career touchdown mark and virtually all career receiving records, but now he’s closing in on the top spot in another category: scrimmage yards. Former running back James Wilder has long held that record at 9,449, but Evans now has 9,443. That means Evans needs just seven more scrimmage yards to take that record from Wilder.

· Evans is also close to moving up in another Buccaneer all-time standings, this time by points scored. His touchdown at Dallas in week one raised his career point total to 470, meaning he only needs eight more to pass kicker Connor Barth (477) for third on that list.

· Wide receiver Chris Godwin has 29 touchdown receptions on his resume. Two more would bring him into a tie with Kevin House for the fourth most in team history.

REMARKABLE

· Head coach Todd Bowles on preparing for Packers running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon: “Both of them can do everything. Obviously, Aaron is faster — he plays wide receiver, he plays running back, he moves inside, he moves outside, he plays the slot – he does a lot of great things. He’s very explosive when he catches the ball and when he runs the ball, he can break it up and turn a four-yard gain into a 60-yard gain. AJ is just hard to take down. He’s tough, He’s not only tough, he’s got great feet. He can catch the ball, too. Those two, along with Aaron [Rodgers] and the rest of the guys, it’s going to be a tough draw.”

· Running back Leonard Fournette on how excited he is to be back home at Raymond James Stadium: “I’m very excited. Our last game there against the Rams, we lost. So, it’s like… I feel like I want to go out and get it out of my memory, stuff like that. Coming home, you know, it’s going to be exciting. The fans, you know, [I] I can’t wait to see the crowd, stuff like that.”

Wide receiver Cole Beasley on whether Tom Brady drafted him to come to the Buccaneers: “I’m going to be honest, I was hitting him a lot. I think a lot of guys got hit a little bit here, so it gave me a chance to come here and do a little bit of work. I don’t know what my role will be right now, but I come humbled and ready to be a part of it.”

Bowles on why the Bucs’ quarterback pressure is working so well: “I think they’re sacrificing for each other. Once again, it’s more [about] the pressure that catches, trying to get sketches, catches are great, but we’re trying to get sketches, pressures and turnovers. lost the ball [are] the name of the game. I think they do a good job of helping each other out and sacrificing for each other when someone has to charge or run a game.”

QB Tom Brady on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: “Without a doubt, he’s an amazing player, has been for a long time. I love watching him play, and he’s also from California, so I always feel like we have a little bit of connection “He’s an older guy now. He has been a great player in the same place for a long time. There are definitely some challenges with that, but he’s come through them pretty well and he’s done a great job, he leads the team. They have won a lot of games since he has been there. And I knew that Brett [Favre] very good; With those two guys, they’re two great quarterbacks over a long period of time in one place.”

· Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich explains why the team struggled in week two on short third and fourth downs: “Without a doubt, he’s an amazing player, has been for a long time. I love watching him play, and he’s also from California So I always feel like we have a little bit of a connection. He’s an older guy now. He’s been a great player in the same place for a long time. There are definitely some challenges with that, but he’s come through them pretty well and done a great job. . , leads the team. They’ve won a lot of games since he’s been there. And I knew Brett [Favre] very good; With those two guys, they’re two great quarterbacks over a long period of time in one place.”

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