Battle of the Bays

Welcome back y’all. We made it through the bye week.

Week 6 is a big one.

Wide receiver Davante Adams and defensive lineman Kenny Clark are good to go for game time come Sunday.

“I feel like I was ready to play the Atlanta game, but it wasn’t in my control,” Clark said Friday. “I’m just happy I got a chance to practice all week It’s a relief I finally get to go out and play.”

Both Pro Bowlers missed a couple of games prior to the bye; which gave the Pack that extra time to get healthy before they play a nationally televised game against the most accomplished quarterback in NFL history; Tom Brady.

“That’s big, man,” said another Packers Pro Bowler, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith. “We’re facing a team who’s got a legendary quarterback so to have all of our weapons available is big for us and this team.”

Brady and Packer’s QB Aaron Rodgers are 1-1 against each other in their careers. Both seem to make plays happen given the shifting in the roster due to injuries this season. But that’s something that great quarterbacks are able to do. Adust given the hurdles diversity.

As history may show, Brady doesn’t like to lose. Over the past 10 years, he’s lost two games in a row only seven times.

Let’s make it eight times after this week. Speaking what I want into existence. Manifestation.

SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK.

Jamaal Williams is my spirit animal. If that’s even possible. Either way, you get what I mean.

There is no denying that Brady is indeed a “GOAT” caliber quarterback, even if he forgets what play it is. We all have those days. I mean, Rodgers doesn’t, but that’s a different type of GOAT.

Rodgers is the only quarterback in the league who has yet to throw an interception. 13 touchdowns, 303.5 YPG, and a 128.4 passer rating. Z E R O interceptions.

Incredible.

The Green Bay Packers have managed to climb atop multiple stat sheets including being listed as one of the top offenses this season.

Realistically, this game is more than a battle between the QB’s. It’s a battle between Rodgers and Tampa’s defense, and Brady against Green Bay’s defense.

Clark’s return could mean even more to a defense that has struggled, especially against the run. The Packers have allowed 4.8 yards per carry (25th in the NFL) through four games.

Tampa’s defense is ranked #1 when it comes to their rush defense. They’re allowing 2.7 YPC and 58.4 YPG on average after five games.

Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, stated in a recent interview,

“When you play as long as he [Rodgers] has, he’s probably seen everything. From our standpoint, we just have to be fundamentally sound and we’re going to have to win our matchups and win our battles. That’s what it’s going to come down to [and] we’re going to try and make more plays than they make.”

Tampa took a HUGE blow to the defense during the 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears last Thursday. Defensive lineman Vita Vea headed to injured reserve, ending what was shaping up as a potential Pro Bowl season.

Vea, who is at the heart of a Buccaneers defense that currently ranks fourth overall, second against the rush, and seventh in points allowed, suffered a broken leg.

Injuries seem to be a (sad) common theme this season.

While adding back a few significant players from the IR, cornerback Kevin King is one of four players the Packers have listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I think that’ll be more of a game-time decision,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said. “We’ll go back and watch the tape, and talk to Kevin, see how he’s feeling tomorrow, and just kind of give him up ’til game time to see if he can go or not.”

Linebackers Za’Darius Smith (ankle) and Rashan Gary (ankle), and defensive lineman Montravius Adams (neck) also are questionable. Running back/returner Tyler Ervin (wrist) has been ruled out.

With all of that being said, let’s talk big picture here.

I’ll start by saying that Green Bay is going to pull off the win regardless unless Tampa is able to play perfectly in every department; which I can’t see being realistic. Even with the rush defense performing at a top-level, it won’t be enough to outweigh the Packers offense if we start to see plays from tight end Robert Tonyan Jr., for example, alongside having Adams back.

Any man that can pull off a man bun and has Jordan 1 cleats on is someone to be afraid of.

Here comes my bold statement for the week.

I don’t think Tampa will be able to stop Aaron Jones like they’ve been able to stop other running backs.

“This isn’t a bad matchup for the Buccaneers, but they’re really going to miss Vita Vea from the middle of the defensive front. Aaron Jones could be particularly effective for the Packers.” Sam Farmer, of the Los Angeles Times

We can fight about it if you want, my Twitter handle is below. I want all the smoke.

“This is Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. It doesn’t get any better than that — even at their advanced ages. The Packers are coming off a bye, while the Bucs played last Thursday. The Packers are really rolling on offense, which is why I think Rodgers will get the best of this one. The Packers will stay undefeated.” Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com.

You heard it from experts and from your girl, I don’t know how much more you need to hear.

Packers 34, Buccaneers 27. Cheers.

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Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.

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