Frustrations all around for Packers in first loss, Report

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Frustrations all around for Packers in first loss, Report
Frustrations all around for Packers in first loss, Report

The early 10-point lead turned out to be an aberration, and the Packers knew it.

The Buccaneers dominated from the second quarter on to post a convincing 38-10 triumph over the Packers at Raymond James Stadium and hand Green Bay its first loss of the season Sunday.

“Obviously that was a pretty frustrating day today,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said. “Got outcoached, got outplayed. Gotta give the Bucs all the credit in the world. They had a good game plan and really took is to us.”

Even with scores on the first two possessions for a 10-0 lead, the Packers didn’t exactly feel good. The offense wasn’t in rhythm and was succeeding with off-schedule, extended plays.

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Then quarterback Aaron Rodgers did what he almost never does – throw a pick-six. He said he missed his spot on a third-down sideline out to Davante Adams by about a foot to the inside.

Sitting on the short route, cornerback Jamel Dean snagged it and ran 32 yards untouched for just the third pick-six of Rodgers’ career (and second at Tampa Bay, strangely enough).

“That (stuff) happens,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t had a lot of those over the years.”

He hasn’t thrown interceptions on back-to-back possessions very often, either, but that happened, too. A third-down slant for Adams was deflected into the air by cornerback Carlton Davis, picked by safety Mike Edwards, and returned 37 yards to the Green Bay 2-yard line.

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The Packers had suddenly turned it over twice in a span of three snaps when they hadn’t had a turnover in the season’s first four games. One play later it was 14-10 Tampa Bay, and the mirage of an early lead had vanished in less than two minutes.

LaFleur blamed himself for the second interception, saying he should have called a timeout because the Packers were in a bunch formation when they should have been more spread out.

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That was just one of many mistakes, and anytime the Packers made one, the Bucs made them pay.

“It definitely swung the momentum in their favor,” LaFleur said. “That was a significant part of the game.”

When Rodgers missed a wide-open Marcedes Lewis on Green Bay’s next drive – another throw, like the interception to Adams, he wondered about the effect of a stiff crosswind – there seemed little hope for anything to turn around. It was 28-10 by halftime and 31-10 in the opening moments of the third quarter.

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