Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) gets pushed out of bund by Green Bay Packers free safety Darnell Savage (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

Packers seek to bounce back after embarrassing defeat

Packers seek to bounce back after embarrassing defeat

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Billy Turner and coach Matt LaFleur compared their humiliating 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay to a punch in the mouth.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and defensive tackle Kenny Clark said it was more like a kick in the butt.

Whatever part of the anatomy they chose to reference, the Packers (4-1) agreed that how they respond to Sunday’s drubbing could set the tone for the rest of the season.

“You’re never quite as good as you think you are and it’s never quite as bad as you think it is,” coach Matt LaFleur said Monday. “Certainly yesterday was extremely bad. I think — I know — it totally starts with me first. I obviously didn’t get these guys ready to play and I don’t think I did a good enough job as a play caller, either. That’s two problems in one.”

An offence that hadn’t committed a turnover all season had a couple of huge giveaways when Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions — including one pick-6 — that helped turned a 10-0 lead into a 14-10 deficit. The Buccaneers (4-2) went on to score the game’s final 38 points.

Green Bay allowed five sacks Sunday after giving up only three through its first four games. The defence allowed Ronald Jones to rush for 113 yards and never put any pressure on Tom Brady.

The Packers believe they’ll start playing better when they begin practicing better. Players and coaches agree the team didn’t practice well last week.

“I think it was a lack of execution,” LaFleur said. “I think that definitely carried over from an offensive perspective and really in all three phases. We’ve got to be better. I thought the energy was good last week. It just came down to the execution, and anytime that you’re going up against a really good opponent, you better bring your ‘A’ game. Because if not, they’ll embarrass you, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Now, a team that was playing as well as anyone through the first quarter of the season finds itself a half-game behind the Chicago Bears (5-1) in the NFC North standings.

“I think adversity breeds success,” Turner said. “I think that is the case in any championship team, and I think that is the case in any successful person in any profession on this planet.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Not much. Perhaps the only good sign from this trip was that Clark and wide receiver Davante Adams showed they’re healthy again after Adams missed two games with a hamstring injury and Clark sat out three games with a groin injury.

WHAT NEEDS WORK

Take your pick. Green Bay must improve its pass protection after allowing Tampa Bay to harass Rodgers repeatedly. The defence recorded no sacks and allowed tight end Rob Gronkowski to have his best game as a Buccaneer. The Packers have just three takeaways this season, tied for the fewest in the league.

STOCK UP

JK Scott had attempted only seven punts in Green Bay’s first four games. He matched that total Sunday and averaged 46.4 yards per kick. Of course, the fact that the punter’s the only guy getting mentioned in this category indicates how poorly this game went for the Packers.

STOCK DOWN

Rodgers threw his first two interceptions of the season and completed just 45.7% of his passes. … Aaron Jones scored Green Bay’s lone touchdown but ran for 15 yards on 10 carries. … After recording three sacks in Green Bay’s previous game — a 30-16 victory over Atlanta — Za’Darius Smith had no sacks Sunday.

INJURED

Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari departed with a chest injury in the third quarter. LaFleur had no update on Bakhtiari’s status Monday. … Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster (shoulder) and safety Darnell Savage (quadriceps) also left early.

KEY NUMBER

4 — Sunday’s defeat meant the Packers have lost their past four regular-season games following a bye, including a 37-8 beating by the San Francisco 49ers last year.

NEXT STEPS

The Packers’ offence has an opportunity to bounce back Sunday at Houston. The Texans are allowing 423 yards per game, third worst in the league.

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

Steve Megargee, The Associated Press

NFL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet arrives at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Friday, April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Air Canada agrees to $5.9-billion aid package, giving Ottawa equity stake in airline

$1.4 billion earmarked to help reimburse thousands of customers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Yukon Premier Sandy Silver as Liberal on Wednesday February 8, 2017 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Yukon headed for minority government as two main parties in a tie

Liberals came into the election looking to build on their surprise 2016 majority win

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan takes part in a year-end interview with The Canadian Press at National Defence headquarters in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Sajjan took aim at recent Chinese military expansions into the South China Sea this evening even as he faced questions about the Liberal government’s ties to Beijing. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Sajjan targets Chinese claims in South China Sea, battles Tories over Beijing ties

HMCS Calgary shadowed for at least part of the voyage as it passed near the disputed Spratly Islands

Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. North American trade is facing a “critical moment” in the ongoing aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, say Canadian business leaders as they embark on a concerted campaign to fortify ties with the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Canada-U.S. trade faces ‘critical moment’ that demands urgent action, businesses warn

Will fall to Canada to ensure its best interests are represented

Two RCMP officers observe a moment of silence to honour slain Const. Heidi Stevenson and the other 21 victims of the mass killings at a checkpoint on Portapique Road in Portapique, N.S. on Friday, April 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
RCMP under scrutiny one year after mass killing that left 22 dead in Nova Scotia

Questions raised about why it took police 13 hours to stop mass killing

FILE-Team Canada’s Meaghan Mikkelson fights for control of the puck with U.S.A.’s Hayley Scamurra during third period of Women’s Rivalry Series hockey action in Vancouver, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Gina Kingsbury, Hockey Canada’s director of women’s national teams, hopes a Rivalry Series against the United States can happen this winter.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Dwyer
Canadian women’s hockey team to open selection camp in Nova Scotia

Six goaltenders, 15 defenders and 26 forwards will vie for spots on Canada’s 23-player roster

FILE - Rhian Wilkinson, left, and Melissa Tancredi of Canada’s women’s soccer team attend a news conference in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 to announce their retirement from the team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Former Canadian international Rhian Wilkinson now part of England coaching setup

Wilkinson left Canada Soccer in January to join interim England head coach Hege Riise as an assistant

Canadian actor/producer/director Jay Baruchel is photographed at the 5 Drive-In Theatre in Oakville, Ont., ahead of the premier of Baruchel’s movie Random Acts of Violence, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Jay Baruchel to host Amazon Prime Video’s ‘LOL: Last One Laughing Canada’

Final comedian left standing wins a grand prize for a charity of their choice

Letters
Letter: Leaders like MLA Jason Stephan should work towards greater good

Red Deer South MLA Jason Stephan talks about the devastating social and… Continue reading

Opinion
Opinion: Women, hit hardest by pandemic, key to economic recovery

Events of the past year have laid bare the many disparities and… Continue reading

Children at the Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club practice social distancing throughout the day to minimize the spreading of germs and potentially the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Olympic Peninsula
Opinion: Teach young people these five principles

At all ages, young people may be the subject of mean behaviours… Continue reading

LtE bug
Letter: MLAs need to think about all Albertans

I was surprised to find more than a dozen UCP MLAs were… Continue reading

Most Read